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ATP monitoring technology for microbial growth control in potable water systems
Author(s): Patrick A. Whalen; Philip J. Whalen; James E. Cairns
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Paper Abstract

ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) is the primary energy transfer molecule present in all living biological cells on Earth. ATP cannot be produced or maintained by anything but a living organism, and as such, its measurement is a direct indication of biological activity. The main advantage of ATP as a biological indicator is the speed of the analysis - from collecting the sample to obtaining the result, only minutes are required. The technology to measure ATP is already widely utilized to verify disinfection efficacy in the food industry and is also commonly applied in industrial water processes such as cooling water systems to monitor microbial growth and biocide applications. Research has indicated that ATP measurement technology can also play a key role in such important industries as potable water distribution and biological wastewater treatment. As will be detailed in this paper, LuminUltra Technologies has developed and applied ATP measurement technologies designed for any water type, and as such can provide a method to rapidly and accurately determine the level of biological activity in drinking water supplies. Because of its speed and specificity to biological activity, ATP measurement can play a key role in defending against failing drinking water quality, including those encountered during routine operation and also bioterrorism.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 May 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6203, Optics and Photonics in Global Homeland Security II, 62030N (9 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.673425
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Patrick A. Whalen, LuminUltra Technologies Ltd. (Canada)
Philip J. Whalen, LuminUltra Technologies Ltd. (Canada)
James E. Cairns, LuminUltra Technologies Ltd. (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6203:
Optics and Photonics in Global Homeland Security II
Theodore T. Saito; Daniel Lehrfeld, Editor(s)

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