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A monitoring platform for drinking water treatment and beverage production plants

January 2021
Gallery BactoSense 1
Gallery BactoSense 1


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.

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Label Date January 15, 2021
From Switzerland
Maturity stage Medium and large scale commercialization
Looking For Visibility, Funding

Implementation Stories

BactoSense by bNovate Technologies SA
Implemented by The Municipality of Saxon in Saxon (Switzerland) in 2022

In recent years, the Swiss municipality of Saxon faced heavy bacteriological contamination of its spring water, particularly during heavy rainfall and snowmelt. Collaborating with engineering firm PMAX, they installed the BactoSense fully automated monitoring and control system. This innovative system integrates modern measurement technology, chlorine pumps, and shut-off valves to ensure high-quality water supply. Based on rain event detection and flow cytometry, it enables real-time selective alerts to villages in case of contamination risks in their supply area.


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

In 2018, severe floods in South-West Iceland contaminated some water production wells. Veitur Water Utilities, the region's largest provider, responded to the threat by implementing BactoSense to safeguard consumer safety.


Increased knowledge of the raw water seasonal variability and dynamics

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

Farys is a Belgian drinking water supplier, maintaining close to 12‘000 km of low-pressure water networks and 700 km of high-pressure piping, serving 1.4 million consumers in Flanders. In 2018, just before Christmas, a pipe burst interrupted the water supply by one of the high-pressure collectors transporting drinking water from the Brussels area towards Brakel. As part of Farys‘ incident response strategy, a BactoSense instrument was installed to monitor the microbial water quality during the repair work. The device proved particularly useful in validating the pipe flushing efficiency and assessing the effects of shock chlorination on the microbial load after the repair.


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.


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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Company Profile

bNovate Technologies SA

Fast and automated Microbiology!

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Headquarters 1024 Ecublens, Switzerland

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