Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Rapid Testing of Water Samples in the Bottling Plant

Following on from the ATP article in a recent blog, this section describes the procedure for rapid microbial testing of water samples.

Because water samples contain very few bacteria, an enrichment technique is employed. This involves taking a sample aseptically, and expelling it via a syringe through a special filter.

After waiting for 30 minutes to allow the microorganisms to recover from the stress of filtration, the filter housing is opened and the filter swabbed, using the special swab used in the ATP meter.

The swab is put back into the swab tube and activated using the snap and squeeze action. The swab is placed in the ATP meter and the measurement started. Results are recorded from the display.

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