Flow Cytometer for Water Utilities​

Automated. Easy to use. Cartridge-based. 

Now Available for Routine Use. By Anyone. At Any Time.

The detection of bacteria in water is essential to maintaining sanitary and healthy drinking conditions. With rqmicro.COUNT, water utilities can easily and efficiently detect and quantify bacteria in water on-site at key treatment or critical control points.

Real-time water analysis with flow cytometry:

  • High measuring accuracy and sensitivity on single cell level
  • rqmicro.COUNT has a rapid response time
    First results are available after 30 minutes from taking the sample
  • rqmicro.COUNT is easy to use
    Measuring 8 samples is less than than 15 min hands-on-time

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Total Bacteria Count - Helps Water Utilities Better Understand the Microbial Fingerprint

Rapid and reliable total cell count analysis with the rqmicro.COUNT enables users to assess and monitor the microbial load in water systems. 

Using flow cytometry, the bacteria in water can be differentiated into two groups, bacteria of low nucleic acid content (LNA) and of high nucleic acid content (HNA). The LNA/HNA ratio, analyzed over time, can provide useful insights into the microbiological state of the water.

  Read blog post: Recognize the Bacterial Fingerprint of Drinking Water with Portable Flow Cytometry

Total Bacteria Count - Helps Water Utilities Better Understand the Microbial Fingerprint
Flow Cytometric Detection - A Faster Way to Detect Microbial Contamination

Flow cytometry (FCM) is an optical measurement technology that, due to its sensitivity and performance in analyzing single cells at a very high speed, enables the analysis and monitoring of microbes independent of their cultivability. 

The number and viability of bacterial cells can now be easily detected by fluorescent light signal and the resulting data is aggregated and contextualized in the rqmicro.COUNT instrument.

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Discover the New Method for Microbial Water Monitoring

Assuring the availability of safe, potable water for consumers is the primary responsibility of water utilities and requires robust methods for detecting and monitoring bacteria in water.

Microbiological methods that depend on cell cultivation are still widely used today but bear disadvantages for water utility operators. Most important, cell cultivation requires a lot of time, the outcome is highly variable and usually misses a large portion of viable cells (because they are viable but not cultivable). These limitations result in unnecessary time lags, ineffective actions and waste of energy and biocides. 

Our revolutionary new water quality monitoring system tells you exactly what you need to know – in real time.

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Detecting and monitoring bacteria in water