This year's fellowships support the study of harmful algal blooms
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that 105 graduate students across the nation will receive $8.6 million in Science to Achieve Results (STAR) fellowship grants to conduct research on topics ranging from climate change and public health to water quality and sustainability that will have cross-cutting impacts in the environmental science field. The 105 STAR fellows will receive a maximum funding of $42,000 for one year for master’s students and up to two years for doctoral students.
The ChlordioX Plus uses disposable ampermetric sensors to provide portable and user-friendly determination of chlorite in water samples. This method is more economical, less complex and faster than ampermetric titration methods. With a simple and sequential test protocol, no special training is required. Reliable and accurate testing can be completed in just 10 minutes.
Commercial environmental laboratories analyze large numbers of samples per day using approved methods, and produce data that need to be technically sound and legally defensible. The Shimadzu GCMS-QP2010 Series can help meet this need. Whether for analyzing VOCs, semi-volatiles, pesticides, PAHs or PCBs, these powerful instruments offer rapid analysis times, long-term calibration stability and greater uptime/usability with easier system maintenance.
Wagtech water quality testing kits allow all levels of users to test for organisms, analyze key physical characteristics such as turbidity and conductivity, and measure specific chemical parameters such as pH, chlorine and ammonia, using simple, accurate procedures. Testing protocols conform to World Health Organization guidelines for assessment of potable water, and kits are chosen based on testing needs. All equipment is packed in IP67-rated carry cases with energy-efficient battery-operated instruments for use anywhere.
When it comes to drinking water safety, many new innovations are focused on emerging contaminants. One new testing method, however, focuses on something that has plagued drinking water for ages — contamination by fecal matter. Water Quality Products Managing Editor Kate Cline recently spoke with Vladislav V. Yakovlev, developer of the technology, about the new testing method and its potential benefits.
Kate Cline: Briefly describe the new detection method procedure.
A new method for detecting fecal matter in water
With drinking water becoming scarcer due to drought in highly populated areas and drinking water sources becoming more polluted, both individual homeowners and businesses are becoming aware of the need for drinking water conservation. This brings to mind the old saying, “reduce, reuse, recycle.”
Integrating water conservation strategies into water management
S465 Series probes were designed as an alternative to Acu-Trol pH and ORP probes for swimming pool control, industrial, municipal and potable water applications. Constructed of polyphenylene sulfide, the probes offer improved chemical resistance. The sensor technology delivers accurate measurement over a range of 0 to 14 pH or -1,000 to 1,000 mV for ORP.
Legionella occurs naturally in the environment and is most commonly found in water. These bacteria thrive in warmer environments, so they are often found in hot tubs, hot water tanks, cooling towers, larger plumbing systems and decorative fountains.
Proper testing & maintenance help prevent deadly Legionella outbreaks
The Sievers M9 total organic carbon (TOC) analyzer measures TOC in a broad range of samples, from ultrapure water to process water. The analyzer can measure conductivity in grab sample or auto sampler modes, and produces TOC results in two minutes. The analyzer is offered in three versions—portable, online or laboratory—and is available worldwide, meeting all relevant global regulatory requirements.
The SAM-1 Smart Aqua Meter turns smartphones and tablets into pH, ORP or conductivity and temperature meters. Connect the meter and smart sensor into the audio jack of a smartphone or tablet and it is ready to take accurate readings. The sensor type and calibration data are auto-recognized. Easily record reading details such as time, date and GPS coordinates with location names and comments. Measure samples in the lab, field or plant, and share readings instantly via e-mail.