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Ballast Water 101

  When ships dock their cargo at a port, they must take on vast amounts of sea water to maintain their stability – ballast water – which is then dumped at the next destination when cargo is loaded onto the ship. While this is a standard practice within marine transportation, we now know that ballast… Read More

Smart dogs sniff out leaky pipes

  Using a highly unique solution to a common and sometimes vexing problem, a cocker spaniel and a springer spaniel in Britain are finding leaks in drinking water pipes by using their sensitive noses to sniff out the chlorine in the water. Snipe, a two-year-old cocker spaniel, received months of training from his handlers, who… Read More

Most Wanted Microbes: Vibrio cholerae

From the editor: This is the fifteenth and final post in our series profiling microorganisms of particular significance in water and wastewater systems. In this series we will cover microorganisms of many types including some that are beneficial, inhibitory and pathogenic. Vibrio cholerae or V. cholerae is a species of bacteria commonly found in brackish… Read More

Is That Water Safe to Drink?

  It’s been more than 160 years since someone first figured out that germs in drinking water could lead to the spread of disease. In 1854, British doctor John Snow plotted cases of cholera on a map of London and determined that a neighbourhood water pump was the source of an epidemic in the city…. Read More

Happy Holidays!

  2018 was a milestone year for us! Along with it being LuminUltra’s 15th anniversary, we welcomed InstantLabs as well as aqua-tools’ Rapid Microbial Solutions division to our LuminUltra team. To top it off, and the icing on the celebratory cake, was the launch of our DNA services and the web version of our LuminUltra… Read More

Top 3 Things I Learned at WEFTEC 2018

  Whether I’m talking to attendees or customers in our booth at WEFTEC, or attending presentations, I always walk away with valuable information. That is the key, as you’ll see in my #1 take-away from WEFTEC.   1. Data ≠ Information I initially heard this statement during Dr. Mark van Loosdrecht’s presentation on wastewater microbial… Read More

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