What Can 2nd Generation ATP® Do for an Operator or Field Technician?

Does your current (microbial) testing program, give you all the answers you need? Find out how a new generation of ATP testing can provide useful insights on the spot.

It’s important to start with the fact that this is not a regulatory test. This technology won’t replace any required compliance tests and the results are not reportable, which is actually a great benefit to our users. While regulatory testing is important, compliant does not necessarily mean clean. Countless species of microorganisms exist and while you may not have enough E. coli or Total coliforms to cause a failed compliance test, you can still have significant microbial growth which means your system is still at risk.

That’s where ATP comes in — it provides an instant measure of the total microbiological population and allows you to troubleshoot before microbiological growth gets out of control.

Get actionable results on the spot

For any operator who does a significant amount of field work, knowing what actions to take can be a significant challenge if there isn’t enough water quality data available while on-site. Interpreting data to accurately identify the issue can also prove challenging since it typically requires returning to the lab or office to trend multiple operational parameters.

The most time-consuming type of data to obtain is often microbiological as most traditional microbial tests require days to return results. This makes it difficult to diagnose process issues, determine the appropriate treatment and confirm the efficacy of any corrective actions without having to leave the site and return days later once results are in. This also leaves plenty of time for microorganisms to proliferate in the system, increasing both the risk and the cost required to treat it.

Pinpoint the root cause of microbial issues

2nd Generation ATP® is a portable microbiological test, allowing operators and field technicians to have instant access to the data they need wherever they are. With results in as little as five minutes, field technicians can identify microbiological contamination, audit the system to pinpoint the source or root cause, and confirm that any remedial actions taken were effective before leaving the site.

This can help distribution system operators confirm microbial water quality throughout their system, identify contaminated storage tanks and lines, optimize flushing activities, and confirm water quality after line breaks and repairs. Paired with your current testing program, ATP testing can be your first line of defence to an impending microbiological problem.

Make decisions quickly and share your results with your team 

Combining 2nd Generation ATP® testing with cloud-based software gives operators the ability to quickly view, analyze and map water quality data to instantly assess the whole system and make informed decisions without having to leave the sample point. Alarms allow for quick identification of specific water quality issues throughout the system while reports can be shared with clients, colleagues or supervisors back in the office for further analysis and collaboration.

There’s no need to wait for microbiological results or wonder what’s going on in the rest of the system. You can collect, review and analyze all the water quality data needed with any mobile device, right at the sample point.


Further reading:

Application Note: Mapping and Identifying the Source of Water Quality Issues

LuminUltra Team

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