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Save valuable time with automated microbial testing

Water treatment operators balance their time between a wide range of responsibilities. On any given day they could be preparing chemicals, performing maintenance and miscellaneous repairs, reviewing data, collecting samples, and running a variety of tests. In balancing these competing demands, some important duties might not get the time required to truly maximize benefits.

One example of this is microbial monitoring. The more you can test, the better you can understand what’s happening. Frequent testing gives you the tools to make informed decisions and mitigate risk by taking corrective action before it’s too late.


Automate your testing

To help with this problem, LuminUltra recently developed the BugCount® Online ATP Analyzer. This device can be used to monitor total bioburden in industrial and environmental samples – like cooling waters, industrial process waters, and oilfield associated waters. Like our 2nd Generation ATP test kits, the analyzer measures total ATP, which provides a measurement of the total microbial content in a sample.

The big difference from our kits is that the sampling, measurement, and reporting are all done automatically. This frees up time for other important tasks, while allowing more testing to be done without increasing the demand on operators.


Monitor your systems from anywhere

This spring, we ran the device through several field trials, where it was used to monitor ATP concentrations in cooling towers. Samples were run at intervals of two hours, providing valuable insight into the biocide program performance – like the interaction between the different biocides that were being used and how quickly microbial levels started to bounce back after intermittent doses. Even more helpful, the analyzer allowed operators to monitor their systems remotely, providing a significant level of comfort on days when site visits could not be conducted. This was particularly helpful when site access was severely restricted because of COVID-19.


To learn more about these trials, including site set-up and how the ATP data was used, be sure to check out our whitepaper. If you’d like to learn more about the BugCount® Online ATP Analyzer, our Technical Support Team would be happy to help.

Brad Mcilwain

Brad McIlwain has over eight years of experience in the water and wastewater industry. Prior to joining LuminUltra, he worked for several years as a consulting engineer, where he helped solve complex water and wastewater treatment process issues. He has a particular interest in water system corrosion. During his Master’s, his research focused on water quality and corrosion in premise plumbing. Brad enjoys being outdoors, spending as many weekends as possible camping, hiking, and cycling.

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