I recently had the opportunity to speak with FlowCam users at Newport News Waterworks in the City of Newport News, Virginia. Serving over 400,000 people the waterworks owns and operates 5 reservoirs and more than 12,000 acres of watershed property.
Sherry Williams is the Water Quality Control Supervisor, and Anna-Maria Miller is the Laboratory Analyst who uses the FlowCam regularly. They originally bought their FlowCam in 2011 to help monitor for taste and odor algae, as well as filter clogging algae. Recently they took advantage of a trade-in/upgrade option and are soon getting a new FlowCam Cyano to monitor for harmful cyanobacteria.
Anabaenopsis, one type of cyanobacteria responsible for the blooms in Newport News resevoirs. PC: Newport News Waterworks