FlowCam® for Monitoring Drinking Water

FlowCam Digital image Cyanobacteria Marina Bay Microcystis FlowCam provides a cost-effective, efficient and fast solution to monitor source water, reservoirs, and water treatment processes.

Reduce labor hours, detect nuisance algae, and predict harmful algae blooms or taste & odor events with the FlowCam. 

The FlowCam is a high throughput, semi-automated alternative to manual microscopy. 

Use the FlowCam to:

  • Analyze organisms and particles ranging from 2 µm to 1 mm
  • Identify cyanobacteria, nuisance, and filter-clogging algae
  • Automate cell counts for cyanobacterial colonies and filaments 
  • Process a 1 mL sample in 6 minutes
  • VisualSpreadsheet® software performs image analysis by measuring 40+ morphological parameters including biovolume, coloration, shape, and size to classify taxa. 
  • Identify cyanobacteria, taste and odor, and other nuisance algae
  • Detect filter-fouling algae
  • Differentiate between cyanobacteria and green algae
  • Calculate concentration of each taxa
  • Monitor filter performance
  • Count and measure any particle in a water sample (e.g. sediment)

Download Case Study: How Wichita Falls Monitors T&O and Toxin-Producing  Cyanobacteria


Visit Drinking Water Monitoring Resources Page for case studies, algae guides, posters and more.


How Does the FlowCam Work?

  1. A live or preserved sample is introduced into the top of the FlowCam
  2. Imaging and flow settings are adjusted to optimize organism and particle analysis
  3. A microsyringe pump draws the sample (minimum volume 200 µL) through a cuvette and a camera photographs each organism/particle as it flows, recording count and concentration in real time
  4. Image recognition software, VisualSpreadsheet, measures 40+ physical properties from each image
  5. Data are analyzed using VisualSpreadsheet, either on the FlowCam or a personal computer. Image libraries and statistical analysis techniques enable identification and classification of taxa. Reports can be exported in CSV format.  
FlowCam Cyano Explainer Video 2019


 Customer Quote: 

"It used to take us 3 to 4 hours to do algae counts in the summer. Now it takes 15 minutes. We use the FlowCam because it’s quick and easy.”

—Hunter Adams, Water Laboratory Supervisor for City of Wichita Falls, TX



FlowCam Cyano

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Differentiate cyanobacteria from other algae using fluorescence data. Compatible with FlowCam Automated Liquid Handler. 

How does the FlowCam Cyano work?

Applications: Monitor cyanobacteria, taste and odor algae, and filter-clogging diatoms


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FlowCam 5000

FlowCam 5000 rendering w. logo - transparent backgroundOur most affordable FlowCam is streamlined for drinking water analysis.
Semi-automated classification of taxa helps identify cyanobacteria, taste & odor algae, as well as nuisance & filter clogging algae.

Equipped with a single objective and black & white camera, the FlowCam 5000 is ideal for drinking water and recreational water monitoring.

Keep water water safe from cyanobacteria and other toxin producing algae.


Download FlowCam 5000 for Drinking Water Brochure 


FlowCam Automated Liquid Handler (ALH)

FlowCam ALH for particle characterization analysis For automated, high-throughput, unsupervised sample analysis of up to ninety-six 1-mL samples. Compatible with the FlowCam 8000 Series and FlowCam Cyano. 

Applications: High sample throughput

Will the FlowCam ALH work for you? Inquire about a demo. 


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VisualSpreadsheet®  Software

VisualSpreadsheet FlowCam Aquatic Sample RunOur proprietary software VisualSpreadsheet performs image recognition, particle measurements, statistical analyses, data collection, and enables data manipulation. With VisualSpreadsheet (ViSP), which is included with every FlowCam, you can create image libraries, digital filters, and use machine learning for auto-classification.  View data in ViSP or export to Excel in CSV format. Visit the ViSP page for more information. 



Visit Drinking Water Monitoring Resources Page for case studies, algae guides, posters and more.

eBook: Fundamentals of Flow Imaging Microscopy

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Download eBook: Ultimate Guide to Flow Imaging Microscopy

Case Study: Monitoring HABs at Big Bear Municipal Water Distrcit

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App Note: Enumerate Microcystis & Other Colonial Cyanobacteria 

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How to Enumerate Microcystis Colonies Using FlowCam