ATP is an excellent indicator of microbial activity in built environments and widely used by Waterec as an integral part of our risk assessment and monitoring activities.
ATP is the acronym for the compound adenosine tri-phosphate
ATP is the primary energy-transferring molecule in all living cells.
Metabolic processes that produce energy in a cell use ATP to transfer the energy to other cell reactions which require energy.
While alive, cells produce ATP continuously.
When processes for ATP production are inhibited, all available ATP is consumed.
Without ATP, bacteria become dormant, and, unable to maintain cell integrity, eventually die.
When cells are killed, their ATP rapidly decreases.
Thus, ATP can be used to monitor levels of metabolically active organisms in a liquid or deposit sample.
Detects all bacteria - aerobic and anaerobic. No bias from growth medium composition or conditions.
Fast. Results are generated on-site in less than one minute.
Portable. Small hand-held detector, all-in-one sampling device with built-in reagents.
Excellent for bulk water and surface deposit samples.