Formerly Alexco Environmental Group (AEG) and Contango Strategies

What’s in your water treatment system?
Open that black box.

At Ensero, we know that biological water treatment systems (sometimes called passive or semi-passive systems) can be challenging to design, operate, and troubleshoot when they are a black box.

Our microbe testing technology is designed to take the guesswork out of the design, commissioning, troubleshooting, and operation of biological water treatment systems.

MANY MICROBES CANNOT BE DETECTED USING TRADITIONAL TESTING.
WE USE DNA, COUPLED WITH OUR PROPRIETARY MICROBE DATABASE, INSTEAD.

Microbes have a unique DNA sequence, similar to a fingerprint. This fingerprint allows us to identify and quantify the microbes in biological treatment systems.

Our DNA analysis is enhanced by our proprietary customized microbe database to make interpretation easier for non-microbiologists and for easy comparison across samples.

Our testing is performed in-house by experienced technical experts, offering flexibility and control, quality assurance, and ensuring data confidentiality.


Tests

Microbial Community Profile (MCP)

The Microbial Community Profile (MCP) is an established method for identifying and comparing microbes. The unique DNA sequence of the microbes is recorded. Our computer programs and microbe database transform this information into a report which includes the identity and key information about the microbes, along with their proportions in the community.

MCP does not provide the absolute quantity of the microbes, and it is often paired with the Microbe Quantity (qPCR) test.

Microbe Quantity (qPCR)

Quantitative PCR (qPCR) is a method that measures the number of copies of DNA and provides the quantity of specific microbes. This test is a great complement to the MCP test, which aims to identify the microbes, as it provides the absolute abundance (quantity) of specific microbes of interest.

Our most popular test is Total Bacteria (qBAC) as it is often paired with MCP.

We also offer total Sulphate Reducing Bacteria (qSRB) as well as Ammonia Oxidizing Bacteria (qAOB). Specialized qPCR tests are also developed based on demand.


Applications

Site Selection – Treatment systems most commonly contain naturally-occurring microbes from site. We assess the treatment potential by confirming the right microbes are present. For example, a high proportion and number of sulphate-reducing bacteria (SRB) is ideal for metal treatment while selenium-reducing bacteria are ideal for the treatment of selenium.

Troubleshooting – Microbes do all of the work in a biological treatment system. When something goes wrong, knowing what is happening to your microbes is key. For example, clogging, filter fouling, corrosion, and performance upsets occur if the wrong type of bacteria grow, causing issues with performance and hydraulic conductivity. Identifying microbes can help assess the cause of the problem and lead to an informed solution.

Optimization – Some microbes can be correlated with performance and maximized operating conditions. The reactions carried out by microbes occur at an ideal pH, temperature, and ORP and optimization of conditions will impact treatment.


THOUSANDS OF SAMPLES ANALYZED. DOZENS OF CLIENTS SERVED.

We’ve analyzed thousands of samples from systems used for the treatment of waters influenced by mining operations, oil & gas, power generation, and municipal waste. During this time, we’ve helped dozens of clients to understand, implement, and improve biological water treatment systems.


Have more questions? Please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

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