LuminUltra is a global firm with customers and sales network partners spanning from North America to Asia and all points in between. Since our initial launch in 2003, we’ve converted our line of test kits into solutions tailored to specific applications for monitoring and controlling microbes in drinking water, manufacturing industries, energy applications and wastewater treatment.
Our client roster is global and includes numerous Fortune 500 companies who have adopted our proactive solutions for their own use and to support their own clients. Our clients are the foundation of our success, and our commitment to them is unwavering. At LuminUltra, our objective is to continually innovate by refining and streamlining our solutions and maximizing the value that they bring to our customers.
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A case of legionellosis — an illness acquired from Legionella bacteria, which can grow in cooling water and potable water systems — was diagnosed at a medical retirement home.
A municipal wastewater treatment plant investigated a sudden increase in fecal coliform exceedance events.
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.
Microorganisms can wreak havoc in industrial processes in a number of ways – from slime formation that causes paper breaks and excessive downtime in papermaking facilities, to costly recalls of spoiled final product. Consequently, an effective microbiological control program, which includes accurate and reliable monitoring, is critical for maintaining an efficient process and final product quality.
Metagenomics through the incorporation of next generation sequencing (NGS) is changing the way wastewater treatment plants are monitored and understood. NGS can be used in aerobic and anaerobic systems to monitor for problematic organisms, such as filamentous and foaming bacteria, and beneficial organisms, such as ammonia-oxidizing bacteria and methanogens.
It’s now possible to both quickly and easily identify all microbes in a sample and determine the abundance of specific microbes as LuminUltra, a global market leader in rapid and portable microbiological monitoring tools, has acquired InstantLabs, a developer of DNA-based measurement technologies.
Painting is a hobby for some and a tortuous task for others. Regardless of where you fall on that spectrum, nobody likes it when paint smells. If you’ve never had the experience of opening up a can of paint and being hit with a rotten egg smell, consider yourself lucky.
Pink, orange, red, brown and grey – paper mill slimes can come in an endless range of colours. What contributes to these variances in colour? Microorganisms. Different species – which live within a slime – produce different hues. Unfortunately, you won’t find gold at the end of that rainbow. In fact, it’s quite the contrary, as slime can pose costly problems for papermaking facilities.
In 2017, a municipal water treatment plant was commissioning a new elevated tank. The tank had been cleaned, flushed and disinfected, but initial test results indicated unacceptable water quality. After a second cleaning, the tank was refilled and water samples were sent to the lab for follow-up testing.
Whether you work at an oil refinery, power plant, or in an office building, chances are you owe your comfort to a cooling tower.
Water is an instrumental ingredient in the manufacture of paper products. When wood products are broken down into pulp, water is used to move the slurry onto the paper machine, which is something akin to a fast moving, very long conveyor belt. Being an organic product, both pulp and paper tend to facilitate the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms.
A water utility in the Midwest USA uses Monochloramine treatment in their two surface water treatment plants to disinfect raw water and establish residual disinfectant prior to discharge to their distribution system.
Between December 2014 and September 2015 there were three clusters of Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks in the Bronx, New York City. Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia, is caused by inhaling aerosolized water containing certain pathogenic strains of Legionella bacteria. Legionella thrive in warm, stagnant water with low disinfection residuals such as hot water tanks, hot tubs, cooling towers, decorative fountains and showerheads.
Conventional activated sludge wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) operate with solids (mixed liquor suspended solids – MLSS) concentrations ranging from approximately 1500 to 5000 mg/L. In membrane bioreactors (MBRs), typical MLSS concentrations are even higher (10,000 to 12,000 mg/L).
LuminUltra’s 2nd Generation ATP has many potential uses within a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), including: diagnosing acute and chronic toxicity, optimizing solids concentrations in the aeration tank, optimizing dissolved oxygen setpoints and identifying sludge bulking events.
Enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) was first documented in the early 1970’s. Traditionally it has been understood that EBPR requires a first stage anaerobic zone that is free of nitrate and nitrite. In the anaerobic zone, phosphorus accumulating organisms (PAO) utilize energy from stored polyphosphate to assimilate volatile fatty acids (VFAs) and produce polyhydroxybutyrate storage products.
Perhaps the most common question that we’re asked is how our ATP tests correlate with traditional microbiological methods. Unsurprisingly, when people are used to getting their information in a certain way, they naturally want to know how a new method will stack up against it. However, the mechanisms of culture-based techniques and ATP analyses are completely different, and in many ways, so are the results they produce.
Over the course of a 1.5-month field experiment at a Canadian starch mill biological wastewater treatment process, LuminUltra Technologies demonstrated the benefits of using 2nd Generation ATP® monitoring technology. ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) monitoring technology is an accurate biomass measurement that can rapidly monitor all types of biological wastewater treatment processes, aerobic and anaerobic alike.
Drinking water and wastewater systems are generally the largest energy consumers for municipal governments. However, there is little published information available on the exact energy usage for specific systems.
Suspended growth systems, such as activated sludge, are a very common form of secondary wastewater treatment. The potential to optimize and improve the operation of such treatment plants using ATP is tremendous. ATP can directly quantify active biomass, which is key to providing secondary treatment. Two of the many potential uses for ATP in a wastewater treatment plant are aeration and solids optimization and toxicity monitoring and identification.
Traditional municipal wastewater treatment plants typically rely on conventional tests such as Total Suspended Solids (TSS) and possibly Volatile Suspended Solids (VSS) to attempt to quantify biomass.
UV treatment has only recently become widely adopted in the water and wastewater treatment industries but the benefits of sun exposure for water purification have been acknowledged for thousands of years.
In August 2014, the city of Toledo, Ohio informed its residents (~500,000 people) that they should not use tap water for any purposes including bathing and cooking. The culprit: microcystin, a toxin produced by blue-green algae, had been detected in the city’s finished drinking water at concentrations 2.5 times the World Health Organization’s guideline value.
A Southern U.S. municipality experiencing taste and odor issues in a certain neighborhood was also having difficulty maintaining chlorine residual levels in the area. Biological growth was suspected, however, water leaving the treatment plant met and exceeded all water quality requirements. After several investigations, the source of contamination in the distribution system could still not be identified.
Monitoring of disinfectant residuals ensures that sufficient protection is maintained at all points in the distribution system. The absence of a disinfectant residual means that suppression of microbiological growth is much more difficult and the rate of regrowth can be significantly accelerated. But does maintaining an adequate disinfectant residual provide enough protection?
Big data is a term that is increasingly embedded in society’s lexicon. It is a concept that describes how the immense amount of data that is routinely collected by organizations is analyzed and transformed into valuable insights.
How do you know if you are in control of microorganisms in your dual membrane plant? See how one water treatment plant performed a system audit using ATP technology to confirm microbiological treatment efficacy through each stage of the process.
Since our humble beginnings in 2003, we at LuminUltra have always been keenly interested in water quality trends in different parts of the world.
Recently, the United Nations held a conference in Morocco related to climate change issues. The location of the conference had significant meaning because Africa has become a bellwether for the rest of the world when it comes to climate change. Desertification and rising sea levels both impact countries all over that continent.
After reports of Naegleria fowleri amoeba being found in some Louisiana municipalities’ drinking water systems, regulators mandated that free chlorine residual be maintained at a minimum of 0.5 mg/L throughout distribution networks in the state. In September 2014, Thornton, Musso & Bellemin Inc. (Zachary, LA) conducted an extensive sanitary survey in a small municipality to establish baseline numbers and troubleshoot hotspots.
Many people know what ATP stands for, but do you know what it does? This article demystifies this amazing energy carrier and explains why water professionals should care about it.
With increasing pressure on water resources, efficient and reliable wastewater treatment systems are crucial. Plants are searching for solutions that offer a smaller footprint and higher quality effluent. Over the last 15 years, membrane bioreactors (MBRs) have become increasingly common in both municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants and help mitigate against effluent suspended solid issues. These systems combine a membrane filter with an activated sludge process where microorganisms are able to thrive and break down contaminants.
As some of you may have heard, LuminUltra has partnered with Microbe Detectives to offer DNA testing services to the drinking water and wastewater industries. So “Who’s on First?” (pun intended); simply put, the partnership’s combined technologies tell you who is in a given water or wastewater sample, and how much is in that sample.
If you’re in the business of managing a water system — whether drinking water, wastewater or water used for industrial purposes — a luminometer can make your job easier.
Tuesday, August 9, at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre started like many others have recently. Athletes and coaches were preparing to compete, fans were arriving to cheer on their countrymen/women, and event managers were working away at the thousand and one tasks that needed to happen at their facility so the world could watch a full day of world class swimming, diving and water polo.
My first full-time job after obtaining my degree in Chemical Engineering started out intimidating, but who ever thought starting off a career in applied microbiology would be easy. As I move through the introductory period of my position — where learning all I can about the field is of top priority — the intimidating nature of the field has started to diminish.
Of all the applications that LuminUltra works with, biological wastewater may be the most complex but also offers the greatest opportunities for cost savings and overall optimization.
Ongoing monitoring shows that lead levels in Flint, Michigan’s water are dropping and getting closer to meeting federal safety standards. That’s some much-needed positive news for the community. But there’s still work to be done.
LuminUltra, a New Brunswick, Canada-based innovator in microbiological monitoring and control solutions, and Microbe Detectives LLC, a Wisconsin-based pioneer in applied metagenomics services for water and wastewater systems, recently announced a multi-year partnership.
LuminUltra, a New Brunswick, Canada-based innovator in microbiological monitoring and control solutions, and Microbe Detectives LLC, a Wisconsin-based pioneer in applied metagenomics services for water and wastewater systems, recently announced a multi-year partnership. By Melissa Nyssen
It’s long been thought that the presence of iron in drinking water is a cosmetic problem rather than a public health concern. But some scientists are now saying that while the iron itself might not be hazardous to your health, what it does to your drinking water is.
After the popularity of our initial article focusing on “The 5 most common questions that we are asked“, this article picks up where it left off to cover additional common questions that are posed to us through discussions with our customers.
The versatility of 2nd Generation ATP monitoring technology enables it to be applied to a wide range of situations involving many sample types in many industries, from anaerobic sludge to paint products to ultra-purified water.
Helping to maintain clean water is part of the Whalen family history, a story that begins in the mid-1990s with a father’s fervent belief that his research could make a difference and his son’s intense desire to ensure it did.
Wastewater treatment plant staff do their best to optimize the health of microbes in their bioreactor, but without a direct way to measure active biomass process optimization is a very difficult task to achieve.
The groundwater that a southern Louisiana water utility supplies to local residents has traditionally carried a high amount of organic material and color. In the past, the organics were oxidized and broken down by chlorination, but this practice had gone out of favor due to production of disinfection by-products (DBPs) such as Trihalomethanes (THMs) and Haloacidic Acids (HAAs).