Bio-flo sampling is a proven approach to water sampling that ensures that water supplies are safe and appropriate for their assigned purposes. Government agencies use bio-flo sampling to confirm that drinking supplies are safe, and many commercial enterprises use it to verify that their local supplies meet their requirements at all times. There are a number of ways in which bio-flo makes this possible.
1. Water Sampling Protocols
The bio-flo approach isn’t just adherence to strict sampling protocols but rather a set of protocols that go far beyond any that had been used previously. What makes these protocols particularly effective is that they’re reviewed and updated frequently and they include many sub-protocols for specific scenarios. For instance, there are a specific bio-flo protocols governing testing groundwater via DNA, RNA and PLFA.
2. Identification of Conditions That Promote Growth
A core goal of any physical survey of a water supply is to identify the conditions for growth before that growth begins. The bacterium that’s common to water supplies can propagate quickly in domestic systems when the conditions are right. The bio-flo approach avoids this by identifying dangerous water conditions, such as stagnation, warm temperatures, a pH that’s too high or too low and so forth.
3. Microbiological Analysis
Bio-flo also provides the means through which to perform microbiological analysis. A selective isolation process is used. Water samples can be cultured on a fast schedule. Cultures are then analyzed in order to identify characteristics of water quality problems that aren’t measured by other means. Analysis includes techniques such as direct fluorescence antibody testing and DNA amplification.
4. Protecting Samples
Ideally, all water sampling testing should be done on-site and in real-time, but this isn’t always practical. For instance, the DFA and DNA amplification analysis mentioned above must often be performed in a lab. Therefore, the bio-flo approach also includes protocols and techniques for sample transportation. These rules cover preparing the samples for storage and transportation, optimal temperatures and other ways to protect samples during storage and transportation and how to ship them.
5. Ongoing Monitoring
Bio-flo also provides a system for the ongoing monitoring of air and water. Every water supply will have a different makeup due to environmental and other conditions. The bio-flo approach allows for a history of a water supply, and once a history has formed, ongoing monitoring can be used to detect slight deviations in the expected makeup, which can improve early detection.
The bio-flo has been proven effective across a wide range of scenarios. The five ways listed above in which bio-flo sampling protects water supplies are really just a small part of the big picture, and a closer look at the various bio-flo protocols can provide much more information.