What's Living in Your Water?


Optimize Process Water Performance

Microbial problems in process water can vary widely from corrosion of pipes, biofilms on membranes, contamination of products to increased public health risks. Microbe Detectives next generation DNA sequencing and analysis services open a new window of diagnostic insight, that significantly improves product development, quality control and troubleshooting operations.

Recent Case Studies

Objective: Identify Cause of Reduced Membrane Permeability

Reverse Osmosis System

Microbe Detectives performed a DNA-based microbial analysis to identify and quantify nearly every microbe in a biofilm on a reverse osmosis membrane. The analysis demonstrated that most biofilm bacteria carried genes for phosphonate uptake implicating the phosphonate-rich antiscalant as a cause for the biofilm formation. This diagnosis would not have been possible using conventional testing methods. Microbe Detectives recommended a non-phosphonate antiscalant. By quantitatively diagnosing the problem, the client was able to proceed with a multi-million dollar full-scale project. They were also able to reduce chemical costs associated with biocide treatments, increase membrane life, reduce capital costs, and improve operational performance.

Order DNA Analysis of Process Water

DNA analysis of submitted process water sample. Includes collection supplies, sample ID labels and pre-paid return express shipping. The DNA Analysis will be produced by a doctoral-level application expert and will include a summary of the total data, focusing on bacteria that are typically important in process systems. The full data is also provided in a spreadsheet. Data presented are bacterial relative abundance (% of total bacteria in the sample). For example 0.12% Actinobacteria means that 0.12% of bacteria in the sample are Actinobacteria. An interpretation of the results that is application specific is communicated in a detailed report by way of email. Consulting services are available for an additional fee, subject to a scope of work. Download a copy of a sample report here.

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DNA analysis of submitted process water sample includes collection supplies and return express shipping. Save on two or more samples. Monthly subscriptions are available for 20+ samples per year. Please contact us to discuss options.

Instructions for Process Water Sample Collection

  1. Collect representative sample in sample bottle provided. The sample bottle contains a dechlorinating tablet to remove chlorine and preserve the sample.
  2. Click here to register your sample to enter sample-associated data (i.e. water temperature, dissolved oxygen concentration, etc)
  3. Ship with box and return shipping label provided. Be sure sample bottle lid is securely fitted to prevent leakage during shipment.