The book "Effectiveness of Disinfecting Wastewater Treatment Plant Discharges - Case of chemical disinfection using performic acid" was just published ! Section 2, Chapier 2 ("In situ monitoring of fecal bacteria at the Seine Valenton WWTP using ALERT rapid microbiology instrumentation" ) demonstrates the metrological performance of ALERT technology for measuring in WWTP environments, and for controlling disinfection processes.
ALERT technology was tested on various wastewater matrices and a new calibration was developed and validated in side-by-side comparisons with the laboratory reference method.
The ALERT method was shown to accurately determine E. coli concentrations over more than five orders of magnitude, corresponding to all wastewater treatment stages: primary clarification, decarbonation, nitrification, denitrification, and tertiary treatment. The ALERT WWTP protocol required only a single initial dilution at 1/4 (as compared to six dilutions needed for the reference method).
Total measurement time for the samples analyzed in this study ranged from 4.25 to 8.50 hours, with shorter times corresponding to higher bacterial concentrations (as compared to the 24–72 hours required to obtain the reference method results).
Following laboratory validation, ALERT technology was integrated into an industrial wastewater chemical disinfection pilot to monitor the operational performance and determine the abatement factor obtained through different disinfectant exposures, both in situ and in near real-time. Significant improvements in reliability and logistical complexity were demonstrated through deployment of automatic ALERT technology, leading to faster results while fully eliminating the need for laboratory analysis and avoiding sample degradation due to transportation or human error.