Quiz Time! Time to Test Your Water Smarts


Quiz time!

As we continue to grow and offer advanced microbial services, we’re paying close attention to other scientific advances that will shape the water monitoring sector in the future. Here’s a brief quiz related to a few of those advances. Books down and good luck.

1. In a breakthrough with important implications for drinking water safety, researchers at Cornell University in upstate New York have developed a genetically-engineered virus – called a bacteriophage. Which waterborne bacteria is it meant to detect and neutralize?

    A. Pseudomonas
    B. Legionella
    C. Escherichia coli (E. coli)
    D. Shigella

2. At the University of California Santa Barbara, scientists are working toward developing an environmental DNA test whereby a person could take a water sample from the beach and, on the spot, determine whether a certain animal is nearby or not. Which animal are they interested in testing for?

    A. Portuguese man o’ war
    B. White Shark
    C. Killer Whale
    D. Pacific white-sided dolphin

3. The Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite will perform the first large-scale survey of Earth’s surface water. This mission will examine over 90 percent of the planet’s oceans, lakes and rivers in detail. What year is it scheduled for launch?

    A. 2021
    B. 2030
    C. 2019
    D. 2025

4. Last year, organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics were concerned when testing at the Odaiba Marine Park (a venue used for distance swimming events) indicated bacteria levels up to 20 times above the accepted limit. Recent tests have shown improved quality as officials have been conducting tests using this type of technology.

    A. Chlorination
    B. UV Light
    C. Filtering screens
    D. Radiation

5. Over the course of a century, a water molecule will spend X many years in the ocean (this one’s not really research-related, it’s just a cool fact).

    A. 20
    B. 98
    C. 45
    D. 78

Check your answers below. Sorry no prizes awarded this time, just knowledge. We’re all about information.

Here at LuminUltra, our 2nd Generation ATP products and cloud-based analytics platform give water system managers rapid, accurate information to diagnose and treat microbial problems in their water systems.

Answers – 1(C), 2(B), 3(A), 4(C), 5(B)
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Stacey Pineau

Clearly explaining complex topics has been Stacey’s focus for close to 25 years now. She helps plan how best to reach the right people, then works to provide them with relevant information that’s easy to understand. Stacey is a team player with an entrepreneurial spirit. She has broad experience that spans the private and public sectors. A lover of words, Stacey has a slightly irrational love of the library and a personal collection of way too many books and magazines. She lives in Fredericton with her husband Ray, their two children and dog Scouty.

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