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A Blueprint to Monitor Toxin-Producing Cyanobacteria With the FlowCam

Ensure Safe Drinking Water

Cyanobacteria imaged with FlowCam CyanoClimate conditions are conducive to both harmful algae blooms (HABs) as well as taste and odor events in drinking water with increasing frequency and intensity. As a result, EPA regulations are moving toward requiring cyanobacteria monitoring. Proactive drinking water agencies are seeking a streamlined approach to monitor cyanobacteria and nuisance algae. Unfortunately, there is no single method that answers all the fundamental questions needed to make treatment decisions and ensure a safe water supply:

  1. What is the abundance of cyanobacteria?
  2. Is the species capable of producing toxins?
  3. Which species are present in the reservoir?
  4. What is the concentration of cyanotoxins?
  5. How do I know if we have a problem?

AWWA Opflow recently published a case study that details how the City of Wichita Falls, Texas has incorporated a FlowCam analyzer as part of an integrated solution with other tests to stay ahead of large-scale Microcystis outbreaks and cyanotoxin issues.

Download the Opflow-Featured Case Study: Integrated Approach to Monitor Algal Blooms and Avoid Cyanobacteria Outbreaks

Topics: Freshwater Research, News and Events, Harmful Algal Blooms, Municipal Water (Drinking/Wastewater)