Clean wastewater

Did you know microbial contamination of sweet water can pose serious risks to public health and ecosystems? At Orvion, we do a great effort to understand the causes and provide protective measures.

Microbial contaminants, such as pathogens or fecal bacteria, can pollute sweet water due to various human and environmental activities.

Industrial discharges, agricultural runoff laden with pesticides and fertilizers, and inadequate treatment of urban wastewater are major contributors. Wildlife fecal matter, poorly managed septic systems, and extreme weather events further exacerbate the risk, introducing harmful bacteria into our precious water reservoirs.

Waterborne diseases caused by pathogenic bacteria pose a direct threat to human health, leading to illnesses like gastroenteritis, cholera, and other infections, especially in communities where water quality and water access are limited. Moreover, illnesses negatively impact healthcare systems leading to the increase of medical costs.

The effects of water contamination extend beyond human health, affecting aquatic ecosystems. Fish, plants, and other aquatic life suffer as water quality deteriorates, disrupting delicate ecological balances.

Monitoring and preventing contamination are therefore essential to public and environmental safety.

At Orvion, we use DNA technologies to assess the presence of pathogenic or fecal bacteria in water. Our workflow makes it possible to monitor water quality and safety. This way, it is possible to prevent the use of contaminated water and to draw bioremediation plans for ecosystem restoration.

Here is a list of the organisms that we monitor through our DNA-based assays:

YBBW2 – Escherichia coli
BACD – Bacteroides dorei
ENTR – Enterococcus spp.
CAMP, CLARi, CUPS, CCOLI, CJEIU – Campilobacter spp., C. lari, C. upsaliensis, C. coli, C. jejuni
LEGA, LEGB, LEGC – Legionella spp., L. pneumophila, L. pneumophila serotype 1
OMPF – Salmonella spp.
LIPL, LIPL2 – Pathogenic Leptospira
MSTB – Helicobacter spp.
mcyE, ndaF – Microcystin producing gene
MWF – Mycobacterium
dxmA, dxmB – Pseudonocardia dioxanivorans
MTX – Microtrix spp.
GAL – Galionella spp.

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