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.


Microorganisms cost the oil & gas, water, and manufacturing industries billions of dollars in damage annually by corroding metal, degrading product, and inhibiting processes.

LuminUltra’s GeneCount™ qPCR workflow was developed specifically for laboratories so they can extend this competitive offering to clients, or bring costly, outsourced qPCR testing, in-house.

While LuminUltra’s 2nd Generation ATP testing methods will give you a rapid and comprehensive tool to determine the total quantity of microorganisms in your process, our new DNA solutions can help you pinpoint ‘who’ is in your process. 

LuminUltra’s 2nd Generation ATP® test kits were a revolutionary step up from traditional tools – delivering a rapid and accurate quantification of the total microbial population in a sample. Now we can offer insight on which microbes make up that population, with two new DNA services: qPCR and NGS.

Imagine microbiological water quality data at your fingertips in minutes, displaying your systems’ operational status so you can immediately take corrective action when necessary. Imagine team members in the field, plant, lab or office, collaborating for faster, simpler decision making to keep your system running optimally.

It’s the most fundamental aspect of biological wastewater treatment. Wastewater operators, process engineers and plant managers have traditionally relied upon suspended solid measurements to quantify biomass in their process.

The key to solving microbial challenges is the ability to precisely locate contamination hot spots quickly so as to facilitate rapid action.

If you manage water-based industrial processes – including heating, cooling, processing and rinsing – consider LuminUltra’s microbial monitoring solutions as the ideal complement to your control program


LuminUltra Technologies Ltd.

520 King Street

Fredericton, NB E3B 6G3


Phone: 1+ 506-459-8777

Contact: Dave Tracey


  • 10 LuminUltra Milestones Of 2020

    Like many companies, when we launched our 2020 strategic plan in January, we had no idea what the year would hold. We will remember 2020 not only as a year of unprecedented challenges, but of resilience and innovation.

  • LuminUltra Expands Testing Capacity Including Range Of COVID-19 Offerings with Acquisition Of Source Molecular Corporation

    Biotechnology front-runner LuminUltra today announced the acquisition of Source Molecular Corporation, a leader in lab-based testing solutions for microbial source tracking of pathogens including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

  • Validating Your Ballast Water Management System

    Bio-UV, a manufacturer of ballast water management systems (BWMS) that utilize UV disinfection, was looking for a reliable and accurate indicative analysis to validate the installation of their BWMS system during commissioning. Read the full case study to learn more.

  • Guidelines For Biocide Performance Assessment Using 2nd Generation ATP

    The following are guidelines for execution of biocide performance studies (or ‘kill studies’) on industrial process samples such as oilfield process waters, pulp and paper process waters, metalworking samples, fuels and fuel-associated waters. These guidelines have been generated to leverage the unique features of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) monitoring test kits from LuminUltra Technologies Ltd. which include provisions to minimize interferences from various sources including suspended particles, organic molecules, heavy metals, dissolved solids, residual biocides and extra-cellular ATP.

  • Inactivation Of SARS-CoV-2 Virus With Preservation Buffer B

    Read the full white paper to learn how testing was performed to confirm that the Preservation B reagent used in LuminUltra® SARS-CoV-2 Environmental Monitoring Kits inactivates the SARS-COV-2 virus to ensure safe handling of samples throughout the assay.

  • Monitoring Strategies For Controlling Legionella Growth In Water Systems

    Legionella is a genus of bacteria that are found widely in aquatic environments, particularly in constructed water systems with warm temperatures. These bacteria are known for causing Legionnaire’s Disease and Pontiac Fever. This whitepaper focuses on monitoring strategies that can be used as a component of a water management plan for controlling Legionella growth in various types of water systems (cooling towers, hot water, potable water, etc.) and reducing associated risks.

  • Legionella: The “Quiet Pandemic"

    Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is likely that many people have forgotten about Legionella, which has been described as a “quiet pandemic” by legislators in the United States. While the focus of many government health authorities has been to react to and reduce the impact of COVID-19, the many stay at home orders issued, and the increase in employees working from home has been ideal for Legionella bacteria present in cooling towers in commercial systems.

  • Using ATP To Rapidly Identify Sources Of Microbial Contamination In An Electrodeposition Coating Process

    An automotive manufacturer in Europe had been experiencing issues associated with recurring microbial contamination of its electrodeposition (ED) coating bath, which can cause pitting in the undercoat and require manual polishing. A single contamination event could require manual repairs to hundreds of cars at a cost of tens of thousands of Euros (€).

  • Using ATP And NGS To Monitor Nitrification

    China Steel Corporation, a steel producer in Taiwan, produces wastewater that is high in organics, ammonia, solids, and other waste products. The wastewater is treated on-site using a series of biological treatment processes. The variable influent quality can make it challenging to meet treatment objectives.

  • LuminUltra Files Patent For The World’s First Rapid, On-Site COVID-19 Wastewater Testing Solution

    LuminUltra, a Canada-based biotechnology leader and portfolio company of XPV Water Partners, recently filed a patent for the first complete, rapid, and on-site COVID-19 wastewater testing solution that will make non-invasive community health assessment far more accessible to both the public and private sector around the world.

  • How To Achieve Your Wastewater Treatment Goals With ATP Testing

    Of all the questions that I’ve been asked when speaking with prospective clients in wastewater treatment, the one that I can count on is:

  • Save Valuable Time With Automated Microbial Testing

    Water treatment operators balance their time between a wide range of responsibilities. On any given day they could be preparing chemicals, performing maintenance and miscellaneous repairs, reviewing data, collecting samples, and running a variety of tests. In balancing these competing demands, some important duties might not get the time required to truly maximize benefits.

  • Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC) Monitoring Techniques

    Corrosion has been identified as one of the major economic issues that governments and companies will face moving forward in the 21st century. Infrastructure is so ubiquitous in our society that we can take its security and safety for granted. While the most common occurrence of microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) is in oil and gas-associated transportation and storage systems, MIC is also relevant for the industrial and municipal sectors, including water and wastewater systems. 

  • BugCount Online® Trials Summary

    LuminUltra’s BugCount Online was deployed for customer trials in January 2020. The first two sites included a pilot scale cooling tower system and a full-scale cooling tower at an industrial chemical manufacturing facility. This whitepaper highlights the findings from each of these trials.

  • Using Wastewater To Detect SARS-CoV-2

    New details about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, seem to emerge daily.

  • Environmental Monitoring For The fight Against COVID-19

    While much of the COVID-19 response to date has been focused on human-to-human transmission of the virus, largely unaddressed to date are the ongoing risks of environmental transmission and the role of environmental monitoring to understand the health of both facilities and people.

  • Converting qPCR Results To Resemble Culture Method Results

    Since many operators like to have results reported in a format that is familiar to them, it is possible to convert the gene copies/mL obtained from a qPCR reaction into an approximate cells/mL which is a calculation based on the average amount of gene copies per organism determined from literature investigations.

  • Reducing Legionella Risks On Cruise Ships

    With 125 new cruise ships set to enter the world’s by 2027, boosting the number of ships to over 550 and providing capacity for about 40 million guests per year, maintaining passenger health is of great importance.

  • LuminUltra Will Supply 500,000 COVID-19 Tests Per Week To Canadian Government

    Canadian biotechnology leader LuminUltra today announced that it will provide 500,000 urgently needed COVID-19 tests per week to the Canadian federal government for use across Canada.

  • Keeping Polar Regions Ecologically Safe

    With a growing trend in expedition-type cruising and an increase in commercial shipping traffic navigating the Northern Sea Route and to a lesser extent the Northwest Passage, the need for the regular and accurate monitoring of a passenger vessel’s ballast water treatment system (BWTS) has never been so acute.

  • Harness The Power Of One Bacterium To Remove PFAS From The Environment

    Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a family of synthetic organic molecules, which are not naturally occurring in nature. Due to the strong carbon-fluorine bond present in these molecules, they are especially long-lived once released into the environment and are resistant to regular chemical remediation methods.

  • All You Need To Know About qPCR

    As quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR) becomes more accepted and available to a range of industries looking to quantify their (specific) microbial populations, the ability to provide quick and easy-to-interpret results will be key. The initial development of qPCR assays has been focused on potential human pathogens for use by the medical sector. Now, many manufacturers including LuminUltra, offer assays for use in non-medical, industrial markets to test for known harmful organisms in water systems.  If left undetected, those same organisms can create costly problems, including product degradation, infrastructure corrosion, and process inhibition.

  • The Story Of Your Data

    Data gathering and analysis have become crucial across many, if not all, sectors of our economy, including the water sector. If you consider all the components of data analysis you can start to see its potential to positively impact decision making.

  • Understanding The Ballast Water Fractions

    With more than 4,000 different organisms found in a ship’s ballast water tank, it’s no surprise why ballast water monitoring is vital to preventing the spread of these invasive species, and why the International Maritime Organization (IMO) requires that all sizes of ballast organisms are monitored.

  • Solution Highlight: GeneCount NGS Services

    LuminUltra’s GeneCount® Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) service takes microbial monitoring to the “next” level by sequencing the 16S rRNA gene, which is present in all bacteria and archaea. This gene contains sections that allow individual organisms to be differentiated from one another and classified to the genus level. Based on this classification, we gain information about how they could impact industrial water systems.

  • Mitigating Capital Upgrades To A Wastewater Treatment Plant Using DNA Sequencing

    A municipal wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) was planning to carry out an expensive capital upgrade to improve treatment performance and bring the plant into compliance. A study was done to determine if alternative solutions to the upgrade could be found.

  • Microbiological Monitoring Of Paints Using 2nd Generation ATP

    A paint manufacturer produces a wide range of paint products for industrial, commercial, and residential applications. The products are manufactured in large batches of up to 10 tons. Before each batch is packaged and shipped, a number of tests are performed to ensure that the product meets strict quality control requirements. 

  • 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.

  • How Can I Use NGS To Improve My Industrial Process?

    Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) is a tool that has revolutionized many fields of study.  It also goes by some other names that you may come across including Second Generation Sequencing (SGS) and massively parallel sequencing (MPS).

  • Using ATP To Reduce Risks From Legionella In Cooling Towers

    A semiconductor manufacturing facility in France relies on an extensive cooling system to maintain stable conditions throughout their production facilities. The cooling system includes 19 cooling towers and 14 cooling water networks spread over a 135-acre site.

  • A Better Path To Ammonia Removal

    Ammonia removal is a key metric for assessing wastewater treatment facility performance. However, traditional methods to monitor the process — based on measuring process parameters or nitrogen species — tend to be lagging indicators.

  • How To Use ATP And DNA In A Wastewater Nitrification Monitoring Plan

    Ammonia removal is a key metric for assessing wastewater treatment facility performance. This is because ammonia contributes to aquatic life toxicity. Furthermore, nitrogen, along with phosphorus, is a driver of receiving water eutrophication. Eutrophication, which simply is an over-enrichment of nutrients, can be detrimental to environmental and public health. It can result in harmful algae blooms, dissolved oxygen depletion, fish kills, and other damaging impacts.

  • LuminUltra Introduces GeneCount™ DNA-Based Microbial Solutions

    Microbiology control specialist LuminUltra today launched its revolutionary new GeneCount™ portfolio of DNA products and services, making it far easier and faster to quantify, specify and target the types of organisms found in all types of water systems, on surfaces and in solid samples.

  • Advanced Testing For Better Biofilm Control In Distribution Systems

    Excessive amounts of diverse microorganisms, also known as biofilm, significantly impact water quality and promote corrosion in distribution systems. The fastest way for biofilm to proliferate is through ineffective management. However, taking control isn’t as simple as adding plenty of disinfectant to the water, and traditional testing involves sending samples to a lab and waiting days. In this Water Talk interview, Dave Tracey, director of strategic sales channels for LuminUltra, discusses innovative biological monitoring technologies that simplify testing so it can be done in the field with immediate results.

  • Monitoring A Harmful Algae Bloom Using ATP

    ATP testing can rapidly detect harmful algae blooms, reducing the time required to implement a Red Alert and, consequently, the risk to public health. Read about how a regional water authority experiencing an algae bloom investigated the use of ATP (dQGO-M) as a method of rapidly quantifying algae biovolume, which is typically measured using microscopy.

  • Rapid Microbial Assessment Following A Case Of Legionellosis

    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.

  • Troubleshooting A Sudden Fecal Coliform Non-Compliance Event

    A municipal wastewater treatment plant investigated a sudden increase in fecal coliform exceedance events.

  • What Can 2nd Generation ATP Do For An Operator Or Field Technician?

    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.

  • How To Mitigate Biofouling In Your Industrial Process Using 2nd Generation ATP

    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.

  • Sequencing Your Bioreactor – Who’s Doing The Work?

    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.

  • One-Stop Microbiology Management Now Available As LuminUltra Acquires InstantLabs

    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.

  • Smelly Paint: Why We Must Keep Microbes Out Of Chemical Products

    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.

  • No Grey Area To This Issue: Slimes Of All Colours Can Cause Costly Problems In Papermaking Processes

    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.

  • The Microbes Have Us Outnumbered 20 To 1: Should We Be Worried?

    A lot has changed over the past 15 years. Back in the early 2000s, many utilities weren’t interested in understanding what was in their water beyond the contaminant and disinfection byproduct levels they were regulated to comply with. But as Pat Whalen, President and CEO of LuminUltra, explains in this ACE 2018 Water Talk interview, a steady stream of ongoing education and the modern data storage and analytics that cloud computing provides, has developed some rabid fans eager to explore the microbiology of their water systems.

  • Optimizing Tank Flushing Using A Rapid Decision-Making Framework

    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.

  • Who Turned Up The Heat? What You Need To Know About Biofilms And Heat Transfer

    Whether you work at an oil refinery, power plant, or in an office building, chances are you owe your comfort to a cooling tower.

  • Paper And Microbiological Growth Don’t Mix: What You Need To Know About Paper Breaks

    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.

  • Nitrification In Monochloramine-Treated Water

    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. 

  • Using ATP In A Legionella Water Management Plan

    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.

  • The Cost Of High Solids In Your Wastewater Treatment Plant

    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). 

  • How Often Should I Measure ATP In My Wastewater Treatment Plant?

    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 – Who’s Doing The Work?

    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.

  • Is There A Correlation Between ATP And Other Traditional Microbiological Methods?

    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. 

  • Starch Mill Anaerobic & Aerobic WWTP Monitoring Program

    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.

  • The Energy Footprint Of Drinking Water

    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.

  • Using ATP In Suspended Growth Wastewater Treatment Systems – What Is The Benefit?

    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.

  • Solids Optimization In Wastewater Treatment Plants

    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.

  • Why Won’t Cellular ATP Levels Decrease After UV Treatment?

    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. 

  • Harmful Algal Blooms – What’s In Your Drinking Water Intake?

    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.

  • Microbial Contamination Monitoring For Water Distribution Systems

    Back in 2014, Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals wrote an executive order for municipalities to boost their chlorine residuals as high as possible to burn off all biofilm and stop the outbreak of brain-eating amoeba (Naegleria fowleri) that had been detected as the cause of death in a number of individuals.

  • Mapping And Identifying The Source Of Water Quality Issues

    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.

  • Myth Vs Truth: “If My Disinfectant Residual Is Always High Enough, I Don’t Have To Worry About Microbes"

    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?

  • Harnessing Big Data In The Water Industry

    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.

  • Dual Membrane Plant System Audit

    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.

  • Are There Microbes Lurking At Your House

    Since our humble beginnings in 2003, we at LuminUltra have always been keenly interested in water quality trends in different parts of the world. 

  • Water Vs. Climate Change

    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.

  • Rapidly Pinpoint Biological Hotspots In Your Distribution System

    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.

  • What Is Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) And What Does It Do?

    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.

  • Top Monitoring Tools For Membrane Bioreactors

    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.

  • What’s A Luminometer? And Why Should You Care?

    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.

  • The Rio Pool – A Cautionary Aquatic Tale About How Fast Things Can Go Wrong And What You Can Do To Stop It From Happening To You

    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.

  • Welcome To Microbiology 1001

    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.

  • 3 Things That You Can Learn On The First Day Of ATP Testing At Your Wastewater Plant

    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.

  • Microbial Water Analysis No Longer Requires Lab

    According to Dave Tracey, Director of Sales with LuminUltra, the missing link in water quality field analysis has always been microbiology. According to Tracey, there are plenty of handheld tools for delivering quick reads on physical and chemical parameters such as pH, turbidity and color but microbiology has always been sent to the lab. Until now that is.

  • Does The Risk Of Legionnaire’s Disease Rise When There’s Lead In Your Water?

    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® And Microbe Detectives Advance Molecular Microbiological Control Solutions In Water And Wastewater

    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 And Microbe Detectives Announce 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

  • Is Iron In Drinking Water A Public Health Risk?

    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.

  • Microbial Monitoring: 5 More Common Questions That We’re Asked

    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 5 Most Common Questions That We Are Asked

    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.

  • A Legacy Of Clean 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.

  • Ultimate Monitoring Solution For Biological Wastewater Treatment [Infographic]

    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.

  • Membrane Treatment Of Groundwater

    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).