City Tests Water Monitoring System
A major U.S. city will begin monitoring drinking water for Cryptosporidium and other microorganisms this month. The program will last three months. Under the terms of the contract, JMAR Technologies, Inc., will receive funding from the city to conduct evaluation tests and report the performance of BioSentry’s effectiveness in monitoring the facility’s drinking water for Cryptosporidium, a protozoan parasite that can infect humans and result in serious illness.
As part of the 2005 Homeland Security Appropriations Act, more than $118 million has been allocated to enhancing current environmental monitoring activities, $40 million of which is targeted at monitoring the nation’s vital water supplies.
“Although drinking water in the United States is considered among the safest in the world, an increase in the visibility and awareness of recent terrorist activity has brought water safety to the forefront of our security concerns,” says John Ricardi, VP of Sensor Products Group for JMAR.
The system will provide continuous, real-time monitoring of the unnamed facility’s water supply–an alternative to the time-consuming and often sporadic process of manual sample collection and laboratory analysis.
For more information on BioSentry, visit: http://www.jmar.com/2004/prod_BioSentry.shtml