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One of our most valuable assets is a Ph.D. level microbiologist with years of education and experience using the microscope. This is something most companies and local government agencies like the health department and extension office DO NOT have available as a local resource. Take advantage of our "EPA Rapid Screen Panel", which also provides a microscopic examination of your sample. Also, virtually everyone in this industry is an engineer. Unfortunately, their training about microorganisms, their toxins, known diseases, disease prevention or mitigation, emerging diseases, threats to health and damage to equipment and distribution systems, microbial pathogens, and ability to purify water is very limited. They do not always appreciate the roles microorganisms play in causing and PREVENTING illnesses and water quality problems. We can help with problems that you may not even think are related to microorganisms. Talk with us, and see if we may be able to help you solve a problem (meet a challenge).

Call 1-706-892-6036. No charge for initial consult!!

 

Click on this link to find out how ONE BACTERIUM can produce 1 MILLION bacteria in less than 24 hours: How Do Bacteria Grow?

Following are some of the microbiological tests we perform. Additional tests are available upon request. For microscopic exams see Rapid Screen

Actinomycetes (SM9250B) 50.00
Aeromonas (EPA 1605) 90.00
Algae [Taste & Odor Only] (SM10900D) 70.00
Algae [Complete Analysis] (SM10900D) 240.00
Anaerobic bacteria P/A 30.00
   
Bacterial Identification (Biolog) 50.00
Campylobacter (SM9260G) 50.00
Clostridium perfringes (EPA/600/R-95/178) 120.00
   
   
Cyanobacteria (Blue Green Algae)  
Denitrifying Bacteria (SIM) 65.00
   
E.coli (SM9213D) 35.00
E.coli (0157:H7) 90.00
   
Fecal Coliform (MF) [Water] (SM9222D) 35.00
Fecal Streptococci (MF) (SM9230C) 30.00
FC & FS Ratio (Plus Testing) 7.00
Heterotrophic/Aerobic Plate Count (SM9215) 32.00
Iron Related/Forming Bacteria (SM9240B) 60.00
Legionella (SM9260J) 105.00
   
Klebsiella pneumoniae 78.00
Mold Identification (Limited Morphological) 50.00
Nitrifying Bacteria

60.00

Pools and Spa Bacteria

120.00

Pseudomonas aeruginosa (MF) (SM9213E) 75.00
Pseudomonas aeruginosa (MPN) (SM9213F) 86.00
Pseudomonas fluorescens (fluorescing pseudomonads) 65.00
   
Salmonella (SM9260B) 38.00
Shigella (SM9260E) 40.00
Staphylococci (MF) (SM9213B) 35.00
Staphylococci (Methycillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus - MRSP) 105.00
Slime Forming Bacteria

60.00

Sulfur Reducing Bacteria (SM9240C) 60.00
   
Yeast & Mold (SM9610C/9610D) 90.00
Yeast Identification (Biolog) 90.00
Yersinia (SM9260K) 40.00

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How Do Bacteria Grow?

 Bacteria (and many other microorganisms) grow by dividing into two new bacteria. This process is known as binary fission. One bacterium duplicates everything inside itself and then builds a wall down the middle and separates into two new bacteria. E. coli is an example of this, and it can do this as often as once in every twenty minutes. That is, 3 times per hour. So if we start with one bacterium, and it divides to form two new bacteria in twenty minutes, then each of the two new bacteria divide into two new bacteria by the end of the next twenty minutes, we have a total of 4 bacteria after 40 minutes. If each of the 4 bacteria divides to form two new bacteria in the next twenty minutes then we will have a total of 8 bacteria at the end of the first hour. This process continues until the bacteria run out of food or die.

 You can see how this works in the table below. You can do it yourself on a calculator by entering the number 1 then multiplying by 2, then multiplying your result by 2, then multiplying that result by 2, and repeating this once for each generation of bacterial growth. 

Time (Minutes)

Time (Hours)

Division Number

2n = Number of Bacteria

0

0

0

20 = 1

20

1/3

1

21 = 2

40

2/3

2

22 = 4

60

1

3

23 = 8

80

1 1/3

4

24 = 16

100

1 2/3

5

25 = 32

120

2

6

26 = 64

 

 

 

 

360

6

18

218 = 262,144

600

10

30

230 = 1,073,741,824

840

14

42

242 = 4,398,046,000,000

 Note that starting with 1 E. coli cell, after 6 hours we have over 262 thousand cells, after 10 hours we have over 1 billion E. coli cells and after just 14 hours (less than one day under ideal conditions) we have over 4 trillion cells. Imagine what it will be in several days!! Imagine what happens if you start with more than one bacterium.

 This is why it is important to catch an infection early, and why it is important to test for contamination of our water supply regularly, and why adding nutrients (human waste, chemicals etc) to clean water can cause massive algal and bacterial blooms and become health hazards so quickly.

A most effective way to spread waterborne diseases: Why does this illegal activity continue in Your County? Why is Mountain water not as pure as many would like to believe? What is in the water and how does it get there?

Also see The Basic Water Test for information on chemical contamination in our water.

 If you have any questions about this or other water quality questions email Dr. Essich at dr_e@awsa.info.  We will answer questions as soon as we can get to them.

 

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