We can accurately and reliably detect the presence of contaminants in a range of saline and seawater matrices. Our seawater and marine testing services span:
- Sample collection and on-site monitoring, including provision of boats and qualified operators for these services
- Water quality testing
- Water quality and ecological modelling
- Environmental impact assessment
- Assessment of the ecological effects of nutrients and other contaminants on receiving waters
Analytical techniques to support the operation of desalination treatment processes
- The use of Flow Cytometry for the enumeration of total and live bacteria in seawater as a more sensitive measurement of biological particle penetration during pre-treatment
- Bacterial regrowth potential (BRP) for the measurement of relative growth of indigenous bacteria and predicting the onset of Reverse Osmosis fouling
Water quality monitoring to provide a baseline assessment and to inform treatment plant design
- Establishment of pilot plant programs and analysis of samples to ensure effectiveness of treatment process
- Assessment of disinfection byproducts (DBPs), including brominated and iodinated DBPs produced as a result of treatment processes of saline waters.
- Extraction of trace metals in saline water by chelation and preconcentration to obtain low levels of reporting
- Analysis of a variety of nutrient species from all water matrices.
- Specialised analyses for total organic carbon and dissolved organic carbon in seawater and concentrated seawater from various stages of desalination process.
- Analyses of organochlorine (OC) and organophosphorous (OP) pesticides and herbicides in seawater.
- Microscopic analysis of the composition and abundance of marine phytoplankton in untreated waters and spectrophotometric analysis of chlorophyll a as a measure of phytoplankton biomass.