Detection of microbial contaminations in drinking water using ATP measurements – evaluating potential for online monitoring

Publication: Research - peer-reviewArticle in proceedings – Annual report year: 2011

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There is an increasing call for fast and reliable methods for continuous monitoring of microbial drinking water quality in order to protect public health. The potential for Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) measurements as a real-time analysis for continuous monitoring of microbial drinking water quality was investigated through simulation of two contamination scenarios, i.e. drinking water contaminated with waste water and surface water at various concentrations. With ATP measurements it was possible to detect waste water diluted 1000-10,000 times in drinking water depending on sensitivity of reagent kit. Surface water diluted 100-1000 times was detected in drinking water with ATP measurements. ATP has the potential as an early warning tool, especially in the period when the contamination concentration is high. 2011 © American Water Works Association AWWA WQTC Conference Proceedings All Rights Reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWater Quality Technology Conference and Exposition 2011
PublisherAmerican Water Works Association (AWWA)
Publication date2011
ISBN (print)9781618393104
StatePublished - 2011
EventWater Quality Technology 2011 - Phoenix, Arizona, USA


ConferenceWater Quality Technology 2011
CityPhoenix, Arizona, USA
Period01/01/2011 → …
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