Commercial Services

Smart Water Research Centre offers a suite of application specific water testing capabilities

Toxicity Testing

  • Bacterial cytotoxicity bioassays provide a measure of effluent quality and algal toxins
  • Mammalian cellular toxicity assay, provides a measure of effluent quality
  • Analysis of endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs; including estrogens, androgens,glucocorticoid, thyroid and progestagenic) in water using highly sensitive in vitro bioassays.
  • Artemia (brine shrimp) survival and hatchability assay, provides a measure of effluent quality
  • Analysis of estrogens in water, including natural hormones (estradiol) and birth control pill(ethynylestradiol), using sensitive ELISA methods.
  • Determination of vitellogenin (a biomarker of exposure to estrogenic endocrine disruptors) from Australian bass using a sensitive ELISA method

Environmental Chemistry

  • Determination of general water qualityparameters, such as disinfectants (chlorine, chloramine, ozone), pH, hardness, inorganic ions and metals (fluoride, copper, manganese), and nutrients by spectrophotometric methods
  • Quantification of chemical oxygen demand byspectrophotometric methods
  • Quantification of fluoride and pH by electrochemical methods Accurate and high-throughput quantification of organic and inorganic carbon and nitrogen (Total Organic Carbon, Dissolved Organic Carbon, Dissolved Organic Nitrogen, Inorganic Carbon)
  • Extraction and analysis of NDMA (disinfection by-products of chloramine treatment) in water method detection limit of 5 ng/L)
  • Extraction of a wide range of organic compounds hormones, disinfection by-products, industrial compounds etc) by SPE (Solid Phase Extraction)

Microbiological Testing

  • Monitoring of pathogens in water using both culture-based and molecular genetic approaches
  • Detection of microbes in water using Fluorescent In Situ Hybridisation (FISH)
  • Biofilm studies Validation of treatment technologies
  • Filament identification in activated sludge
  • Developing catchment specific databases used for microbial source tracking