FlowCam for Water Quality Monitoring & Drinking Water Analysis

FlowCam Digital image Cyanobacteria Marina Bay Microcystis FlowCam, a water analysis instrument, is a high throughput, semi-automated alternative to manual microscopy. It provides a cost-effective and fast solution to monitor source water, reservoirs, and water treatment processes for drinking water, wastewater, and recreational activities.

Reduce labor hours, save money on testing, and eliminate complaints when you use FlowCam to detect nuisance algae or predict harmful algae blooms and taste & odor events. FlowCam is a streamlined solution for water quality analysis.

Use 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

FlowCam captures high-resolution, digital images of particles suspended in a liquid medium. Over 40 physical parameters are measured from each image, and the data is processed using our image-recognition statistical analysis software, VisualSpreadsheet®. Use digital images to verify the size, shape, and identity of your organisms and particles.

  • Identify cyanobacteria, taste and odor, and other nuisance algae
  • Detect filter-fouling algae
  • Differentiate between cyanobacteria and green algae
  • Count & measure any particle in a water sample (e.g. sediment) 
  • Monitor filter performance
  • Calculate concentration of each taxa

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


How Flow Imaging Microscopy Works:

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Wondering if FlowCam will work for you? Submit a sample to see the difference FlowCam will make in your research!


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 FlowCam because it’s quick and easy.”

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


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