Testing: The Problem With Plastics

Parents are faced with a daily barrage of what is considered “safe”—government, industry, nonprofit groups and the scientific community all have varying and sometimes confusing opinions on this topic. This makes it hard to make the important decisions that keep you and your family out of harm’s way.

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Increasing concerns over phthalate contamination from plastics

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January 8, 2016
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Test Kit

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The Coliform/E. coli Bacteria Test Kit (Code 4-3616-UV) includes five tubes that are inoculated with sample and incubated for 24 to 48 hours. A change in color and the formation of gas bubbles indicates the presence of coliforms. When E. coli is present, samples will fluoresce when exposed to UV light. Further confirmation by a laboratory for the presence of E. coli is recommended

Photometer

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The eXact iDip smart photometer system is the first handheld photometer that pairs directly with a smart device and can test more than 40 water quality parameters through a simple four-step process. Two-way wireless communication with Bluetooth Smart (4.0) allows for instantaneous software updates and customization. Compliance with the EPA, ISO, and DIN testing specifications of the device confirms the meter’s quality, reliability and accuracy.

Testing: What’s in a Beer?

For more than 5,000 years, ale has been a commodity enjoyed by many. Now, as a $295 billion industry, beer remains a key product of consumption in our economy. 

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Onsite testing kits help breweries produce consistent flavors

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November 5, 2015
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App

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The Spa Boy is a self-monitoring, self-adjusting water care system designed for hot tubs. The system uses saltwater sanitizer generation controlled by sensors to provide an automated method of maintaining spa water conditions. Live energy usage monitoring, equipment operating status and water chemistry data are instantly transmitted to the spa control center. The results are displayed on the spa topside display, the smartphone app or a Web portal for analysis, adjustment and remote troubleshooting.

Total Coliform Test Indicates Presence of E. Coli

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October 23, 2015

The Coliform/E. coli Indicator bacteria test kit (Code 4-3616-UV) includes five tubes, each with a nutrient tablet. The five tubes are each inoculated with 10 mL of sample water and incubated for 24 to 48 hours, depending on the ambient temperature. A change in the color due to acid production and the formation of gas bubbles in the reconstituted gel indicates the presence of coliforms.

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Testing Kit Detects Glyphosate in Drinking Water

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September 1, 2015

Glyphosate is an herbicide that is regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act. It is an ingredient in Roundup, a widely used herbicide, as well as more than 700 other products for sale in the United States.

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NMED to Offer Free Private Domestic Well Testing in Animas River Valley

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New Mexico Environment Department
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The initiative is in response to an Aug. 5 mine waste spill into the Animas River

In response to the Aug. 5, 2015, spill of mine waste into the Animas River, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are partnering to test private domestic water supply wells located in the Animas River valley in New Mexico. Testing will identify metals that are of concern in relation to the spill, and other parameters that help in understanding the general quality of well water.

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August 10, 2015

Dissolved Oxygen Measuring Methodology

Monitoring water quality is essential for sustaining healthy ecosystems, ensuring public safety and managing water resources. Various characteristics such as pH, turbidity and dissolved oxygen can be measured to establish an overall profile of water quality and assess the viability of water for a particular use. 

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Processes & procedures for evaluating dissolved oxygen in water

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Douglas Roberts is applications engineer for Hanna Instruments. Roberts can be reached at 800.426.6287.

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June 3, 2015
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Water Testing Kits

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The Smart Brew Kit and Smart Brew Advanced Kit are handheld smart photometer systems for measuring a craft brewer’s water quality. Using the eXact iDip Smart Photometer System, the kits integrate two-way wireless communication with a smartphone. The kits measure calcium and magnesium hardness, chloride, pH, sodium, sulfate, total alkalinity and total hardness. The Advanced Kit includes the VisionPlus digital pH meter. 

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