Water Quality - BOD & Effluent Monitoring
Chelsea Technologies Group (CTG) has addressed the challenge of monitoring of effluents in surface waters and water treatment processes with the low cost UviLux BOD Indicator.
The UviLux BOD Indicator enables in-situ, real-time, reporting of BOD within water processing plants and effluents. The sensor detects fluorescent proteins that are inherent within sewage and slurry and provides an output in BOD equivalent units. The principle behind the measurement is the excitation of Tryptophan-like UV fluorescence, which correlates with both bacterial loading and BOD. An internal calibration factor is used to convert the Tryptophan-like fluorescence measured to the reported BOD equivalent value in units of mg/L. The use of fluorescence provides signal detection sensitivity far superior to optical absorption methods, while the real-time reporting of BOD equivalence enables the measurement to be used for process control, which is not possible with conventional 5 day BOD laboratory techniques.
Applications of UviLux BOD Indicator include:
Process Control within Water Treatment Works
Other Monitoring Parameters
UviLux BOD Indicator - The essential sensor for monitoring pre and post treated waste water. Reliable, regular measurements not only ensure compliance with environmental legislation but can also help to save energy by controlling processes.
What is BOD?:Biochemical oxygen demand, BOD, measures the amount of oxygen consumed by microorganisms when decomposing organic matter. BOD also measures the chemical oxidation of inorganic matter (i.e., the extraction of oxygen from water via chemical reaction).
Breaking News:Academic Collaboration with the University of West of England
Dr Darren Reynolds, Associate Professor in Bio-Sensing Research at the University of the West of England is a recognised authority in the use of fluorescence measurements for water quality monitoring, having published widely in this area for over a decade. "For the past two years we have been collaborating very successfully with Dr Reynold’s group to both evaluate and optimise our UviLux fluorometers for BOD monitoring and other applications in the water industry," reports Chelsea's Technical Director, Dr John Attridge.
Chelsea held a New Sensors for Effluent Monitoring Workshop on 19th July 2012. During the day Dr Darren Reynolds, Associate Professor in Bio-Sensing Research at the University of the West of England presented an overview of fluorescence measurements and their applications to water quality. Chelsea's Dr John Attridge, Technical Director presented information, field data and demonstrated the new UviLux BOD Indicator.
Check out a video taken by Dr John Attridge (Technical Director, CTG) during field trials of the UviLux BOD Indicator in Gower, South Wales April 2012. Dr Attridge tested the water quality from an outflow of a small water plant at various points along the river.