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We get asked a lot of questions – as I am sure you do during the course of your day. “What is the detection limit of Colilert?” (1 organism/100mL) “Why does Legiolert only test for Legionella pneumophila?” (Because it causes 97% of Legionnaires’ disease cases.) “Where are your tests manufactured?” (proudly developed and manufactured in Westbrook, Maine, USA.)
But the one question that we are most familiar with is ‘what’s the difference between the Most Probable Number (MPN) and a Colony Forming Unit (CFU)?’
If you are a member of the water industry, chances are you know Gil Dichter. As we celebrate Gil’s retirement and look back upon his career, we can’t help but wonder where our Water business would be without his knowledge, guidance and expertise.
Our customers say it best! At IDEXX, we take great pride in providing the most innovative and accurate products to our customers all around the world. Our products are accepted or approved in 55 countries with over 130 different approvals/acceptance by more than 20 entities globally. Our US-based manufacturing plant ships out more than 22 million tests every year to 120 countries on all 7 continents. Wait - why all the shameless self-promotion? I thought this was going to be a testimonial!
The IDEXX Pseudalert method has been published as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) worldwide standard 16266-2 for the 24-hour detection of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in water. The ISO designation includes hospital waters, drinking water and swimming/spa pool waters.
Ten months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the Surfrider Foundation Rincón Chapter’s Blue Water Task Force is even more committed to providing critical water testing services for local communities.
Hurricane Maria knocked out the infrastructure on the entire island, including the electricity and water supply. In Rincón, the community was accessing water from an untested spring that ran through the town. Unable to use their own laboratory due to lack of electricity, the Blue Water Task Force was fortunate to be able to set up their testing equipment, including the IDEXX Sealer and the IDEXX Colilert and Enterolert tests, at a local health center with a generator to test the water quality for the community. IDEXX has been supporting the Surfrider Foundation in Puerto Rico and other locations with supplies, training and public awareness for several years.
“One thing that really flows to the top after this whole ordeal with the hurricane is the value of a citizen science program or a community-based science program,” said Steve Tamar, Vice Chair of the Surfrider Foundation Rincón Chapter. “We are very grateful for the support that allows us to keep the Blue Water Task force efforts going in Puerto Rico.”
The video below, produced by the Blue Water Task Force, shows how volunteers used citizen science to protect the public health of the community’s most basic need: clean water. Keep a close eye out for cameos from the IDEXX Quanti-Tray Sealer and Colilert and Enterolert tests!
The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. With 80 chapters and 70 youth clubs in North America, Surfrider helps to protect 5,656 miles of coastline with a grassroots approach to citizen science and environmental advocacy.
To learn more about the Surfrider Foundation and their mission to protect our oceans or to find a chapter near you, please visit www.surfrider.org.