Takeaways from AWWA’s ACE19

Last month I attended the American Water Works Association’s Annual Conference and Exhibition in Denver. There was a lot to learn with so many technical presentations, workshops, and trade show booths, so I figured I would highlight some of my key takeaways from the conference.   1. Top Trend Given the size of the conference,… Read More

World Water Consumption, Pricing and Distribution – Illustrated

Quite often in the water industry, ideas get expressed through numbers. Percentage daily usage, microbial counts, evaporation loss rates, temperature variances…you get the idea. It’s easier to understand complex data when it’s represented graphically. With that in mind, here are some interesting water statistics that demonstrate just how much water we’re using and how. World… Read More

What’s in a name? Three Intricacies of Organism Names in NGS Data

  There’s no universal method for cataloging organisms or for converting sequencing data to taxonomic data, so careful examination of methodology, as well as the results, is needed when analyzing DNA-associated data. Three of the intricacies are discussed below: Candidatus The formal naming of organisms is determined by a set of rules called the International… Read More

Colorado River

Over-allocated: The story of the Colorado River

The Colorado River rises high into the Rocky Mountains and cuts a 2,300 kilometre course southwest to the Gulf of California. It passes through five U.S. (Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California) and two Mexican (Baja California and Sonora) states. Its watershed extends even further, expanding to include New Mexico and Wyoming. The Colorado and… Read More

Gut bugs affect overall health, and serve as individual microbial fingerprints

The microbial population of our gastrointestinal tracts is a hot topic these days, with researchers regularly making new discoveries as to how the state of the bugs in our bellies affects our overall physical and mental health. Studies over the past 20 years have shown links between gut health and areas including the immune system,… Read More

2018 – Year in Review

  At this time of year, ‘Year in Review’ lists seem to be everywhere and the water industry is no different. 2018 brought some exciting changes for us at LuminUltra, so here’s a look back at some of the events we’re particularly proud of as a company and some of the stories that made us… 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

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