Advance Wastewater Treatment Performance
Wastewater treatment is a microbial process that can be fickle and difficult to troubleshoot. Troubleshooting is typically performed by analyzing microbes with a microscope. However, this method can only identify large microbes with unique shapes or staining features. Most microbes responsible for wastewater treatment are small without unique shapes. Identifying and solving issues can be difficult or impossible with microscopy.
With Microbe Detectives DNA analysis services for wastewater systems, nearly all microorganisms are identified with a single analysis. They are then grouped based on their functionality in the wastewater treatment process, and organised based on the relative proportions of microorganisms present. An interpretation of the results that is application specific is communicated in a clear, accessible and detailed report. Consulting services are available to address more complex wastewater treatment needs.
What are some example applications in wastewater?
- Nitrification: DNA methods are the only reliable method to detect and assess nitrification.
- Phosphorus Removal: DNA methods are the only reliable method to detect and assess biological phosphorus removal. Without DNA methods, it is difficult to know if your plant is performing biological phosphorus removal or not.
- Foaming: DNA methods are able to definitively identify and quantify all foaming bacteria. Identification of foaming bacteria with a microscope typically requires a trained microscope operator.
- Filaments/Bulking/Poor settling: DNA methods are able to definitively identify and quantify all filamentous bacteria. Many filaments are difficult to identify with a microscope and cannot be easily quantified.
- Positive Coliform Tests: DNA data can be used to provide more information in cases where positive coliform tests have occurred. The DNA data can indicate whether or not the coliforms are naturally occurring environmental bacteria or are associated with other fecal bacteria in the sample.
- Anaerobic Digester Gas Production: DNA data can be used to assess and track the health of the methanogen population in anaerobic digesters. This information may help operators optimize the process to produce more gas and energy.
“There are huge benefits to [using DNA analysis]… the cost savings, energy savings, chemical savings… less headaches”
Overview of Wastewater Facility
–Cody Schoepke, Operations Leader
Key Applications of DNA analysis
—Autumn Fisher, Superintendent
ROI/Benefits of DNA Analysis in Wastewater
–Jeremy Cramer, Former Superintendent
DNA Analysis of Wastewater Sample Report
DNA analysis of submitted wastewater sample, including collection supplies. 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 wastewater 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.
How to Order DNA Analysis of Wastewater
1. Order DNA Analysis Online
After receipt of order, we will ship our kit to you which contains supplies for collecting the wastewater sample.
2. Collect Representative Sample
Wear gloves to prevent contamination. For liquid samples, use instructions below. For solids, add sample and yellow dessicant card to the Whirl-Pak bag and seal.
3. Fill out Chain of Custody Card
Add Whirl-Pak bag or filter housing (dry off housing with a clean paper towel first) to zip loc bag with completed COC form and yellow desiccant card.
4. Register and Enter Sample Data
Sample ID number is on the red label, located on the COC card. Enter data at MicrobeDetectives.com/register
Please note we cannot process sample until registration is completed.
5. Ship to Microbe Detectives
Microbe Detectives 600 E. Greenfield Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53204-2944
After you have collected, registered and shipped your sample, you will receive a DNA Analysis report focusing on bacteria that are typically important in wastewater, produced by a doctoral-level application expert.
DNA Analysis Kit
DNA analysis of submitted sample, includes kit with collection supplies.
DNA analysis of submitted sample, includes kit with collection supplies. 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 water 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. Interpretation of the results that is application specific is communicated in a detailed report via email. Consulting services are available for an additional fee, subject to a scope of work, contact us to discuss options.
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Easy Sample Collection Instructions
A. Draw 1ml of wastewater or draw 50ml of process or surface water. For drinking water, draw 50ml into the syringe, repeat steps A, B, C and D six times to push through a total of 300ml or until you feel back pressure, indicating filter clogging.
B. Screw the filter housing onto the syringe. The housing contains a filter to collect microbes.
C. Push the syringe plunger to force sample through the filter housing. Stop forcing through the filter if you feel back pressure indicating filter clogging. Record the actual volume.
D. Unscrew the filter housing from the syringe. Discard syringe after total amount is collected. DO NOT DISASSEMBLE FILTER HOUSING. This would expose and contaminate sample.
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