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A monitoring platform for drinking water treatment and beverage production plants

January 2021
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BactoSense by bNovate Technologies SA implemented by The Municipality of Saxon in Saxon (Switzerland) in 2022

Reduced chlorine usage: In 2022, 3.5 kg of chlorine was used. In contrast, continuous chlorination would have required around 129 kg of chlorine

BactoSense by bNovate Technologies SA implemented by Veitur in Reykjavík (Iceland) in 2019

Increased knowledge of the raw water seasonal variability and dynamics

BactoSense by bNovate Technologies SA implemented by Farys in Brakel (Belgium) in 2018

The immediate test results of BactoSense were of valuable assistance to the conventional water quality tests (heterotrophic plate counting) from the lab. They helped to prevent the supply reservoir from running empty.


A monitoring platform for drinking water treatment and beverage production plants

  • World Alliance Member
  • Featured Solution
  • Labelled Solution
Label Date January 15, 2021
From Switzerland
Maturity stage TRL 9 / CRI 5-6 - Market competition driving widespread deployment &/"Bankable" grade asset class

The actual situation in terms of microbial contamination detection on drinking water plants is very slow and not reliable. First, the actual method takes 2-3 days to show any abnormal situation, time where population will get sick. Secondly, the actual procedure identify only a small percentage of bacteria (1-5%) as not all bacteria are able to growth on a dry nutrient support. The whole procedure requires 50 gr of plastic of lab consumable. The BactoSense device detects automatically in less than 30 min all bacteria in water directly coming from the process via a single sampling tube. When placed at the entry of the plant, the device acts as an early warning system in case of abnormal microbial conditions. When placed in other locations, process optimization can be generated with potential reductions of chlorine, impacting positively tap water acceptance and bottled water consumption (EU major initiative). On a 10 years basis, 1000 kg of plastic consumption and more than 3 to of CO2 can be avoided.

The Environmental Benefits

  • 70 times faster than actuals standard method for bacteria detection and monitoring in drinking water plants
  • 7 times less CO2 emission generated by the removal of plastic consumption with the actual method in drinking water plants
  • Provides near real hygienic conditions of production lines in food and beverage plants, reduce risk of out-of-spec product and recall actions
  • No generation of toxic release (HCL, dioxins, heavy metals) during the plastic waste disposal (combustion, landfill, etc)
  • More than 20% water consumption reduction in beverage plants with an on-line bacteria monitoring providing near real time hygienic status

The Financial Benefits

  • Drinking Water: Reduce waterborne illnesses medical, societal costs for the population today about CHF 2500 per day
  • Payback time less than 2 years for beverage - reduces rinsing timing can save up to 20% (3000 m3/month) per plant which means about €40'000 per year or more than 300'000 m3 of water
  • Tap water acceptance may decrease the spending by EU Households for bottled waterfor up to € 600 Mio per (year)

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bNovate Technologies SA

Fast and automated Microbiology!

Headquarters 1024 Ecublens, Switzerland
Type Company
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