A short interview with Pat Whalen, President & CEO of LuminUltra, on Water Online Radio at WEFTEC 2015.
[latexpage] After initially developing our Deposit & Surface Analysis (DSA) test kit many years ago to quantify sessile build-ups on pipe or tank walls, we stumbled upon drinking water treatment via biologically active filtration as a process that could benefit greatly from this monitoring technology. As this type of pre-treatment emerged in North America… Read More
Many innovations are inspired by nature – LuminUltra’s technology is no different. Find out how we use the same chemical found in a small firefly to prevent big problems for water utilities. by Martin Wightman Fredericton’s LuminUltra Technologies Ltd. saw a gap in wastewater treatment testing and filled it by co-opting the firefly’s glow. Living… Read More
Wastewater treatment plant staff do their best to optimize the health of microbes in their bioreactor. However, without a direct way to measure active biomass, process optimization is very difficult achieve. Additionally, toxicity occurrence can cause the plant to deviate from effluent quality compliance and result in violations. These events tend to happen with little… Read More
Individual retail gasoline outlets can potentially increase annual revenues by as much as $30,000 per year through a more pro-active microbiological testing program using LuminUltra’s Quench-Gone Organic Modified (QGO-M) test kit. Uncontrolled microbiological growth in fuel systems is one of the main contributors to filter plugging (Passman, 2001). If the microbiological population in Underground… Read More
The goal of any microbiological growth control program, whether it is a single target organism or a multitude of threats, requires the control of the total population. For example, the application of biocides such as chlorine or ozone or the use of thermal shock results in an impact on the total population. In many applications,… Read More
Much has been said about the immediate benefits of 2nd Generation ATP monitoring to reveal regrowth hotspots in water distribution system. Having this data available in the field enables water technicians to instantly flag water samples that contain elevated microbiological content, trace the problem to its source, and then guide maintenance activates (e.g. flushing)… Read More
From “I’m infiltrating the walled cities where bacteria hide” by Anders Hakansson, taken from The New Scientist Magazine, 2014. Dr. Hakansson describes biofilms as “bacteria that hide in enclosed communities” that are “like little cities, with towers and water channels. Different bacteria form different kinds of biofilms, but they always produce some kind of… Read More