The Cape Town Water Crisis: Potential Novel Solutions

  The water crisis in Cape Town, South Africa has drawn worldwide attention to the region’s ongoing struggles with drinking water availability and, internationally, to diminishing water supplies and the importance of water management and conservation. A prolonged drought in Cape Town forced local authorities to institute drastic water saving measures in an effort to… Read More

Most Wanted Microbes – Legionella

  From the editor: This is the fifth post in an ongoing 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. Legionella is a mesophilic, pathogenic organism that can cause Legionnaire’s Disease, a potentially fatal… Read More

Most Wanted Microbes – Nitrifiers (a.k.a. Nitrosomonas)

  From the editor: This is the fourth post in an ongoing 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.  Nitrification is a two-part process whereby ammonia is converted to nitrate. The first step… Read More

Test your water know-how

  Everyone loves quizzes, right? Right. So, in honour of our 15th anniversary here at LuminUltra, here are 15 questions that’ll let you test just how much you know about water. 1.  What’s the average pH level of fresh water? a) 3 b) 5 c) 7 d) 9   2.  What percentage of the Earth’s… Read More

Water Resources on the Web

  Water is a topic that we all share an interest in. Whatever corner of the globe you’re from, water matters. This global interest is reflected in the quantity and quality of water resources available on the Internet. At LuminUltra, we try to stay on top of what’s happening, not just in the field of… Read More

Day Zero: When the taps run dry

  May 11, 2018: The current estimate (as of February 7) for Day Zero for Cape Town, South Africa, when the municipal water distribution system will be turned off and residents will need to queue for water allotments at 200 distribution points. The current estimate for Day Zero was pushed back from April 16, 2018… Read More

Cutting back on chocolate this Easter? Here’s one more reason why you should

  Just one week ago, on March 22nd, we celebrated World Water Day, where organizations, companies, and individuals from around the globe drew attention to the importance of water and the significant challenges we’re facing in the 21st century. Water pollution and large-scale water shortages have already left 2.1 billion people without access to safe… Read More

Most Wanted Microbe – Escherichia coli

  From the editor: This is the inaugural post in an ongoing 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.  Escherichia coli or E. coli is a species of bacteria commonly found in the… Read More