While most potable water is treated to disinfect and kill or inactivate Escherichia Coli (E. coli), it still needs to be regularly tested for bacterial contamination. Systems using surface water are required to take extra steps to protect against bacterial contamination because surface water sources are more vulnerable to such contamination.

When the health of many is at stake, time is precious and you need answers fast.

Thermo Fisher’s fully automated, self-­contained TECTA B16 Microbiology testing system comes to the rescue when a fast and accurate water testing solution is needed.

Common E. coli and total coliform testing services can have a turnaround time of up to three days.

The TECTATM B16 can incubate and interpret test results in just two to 18 hours, depending on the level of contamination.

Interpretation of pre-­incubated samples only takes 60 seconds. E. coli can be detected and treated before it spreads, causing public disease outbreaks.

Up to 16 simultaneous tests for E. coli, total coliform and fecal coliform can be conducted by a single TECTATM B16 Analyser, with an MPN count for level of contamination on positive results. Remote alarm upon detection of bacteria is available via immediate email or SMS notifications.

The TECTATM B16 methodology is based on a patented Polymer Partition technology that measures fluorescent enzyme indicators of the target organism.


It is not compromised by coloured water samples or high turbidity. Continuous, automatic test monitoring with automated reading/reporting and early alerting eliminates delays and human error, protecting lives and environments, allowing key decision makers to provide timely warnings to the community.

This advanced water testing system can be used on­site, eliminating the costs and delays associated with transporting samples to external laboratories.

The pre­prepared media cartridges provide significant time saving, greatly reducing laboratory costs.

The test cartridges are pre­filled with all required media, eliminating the need for additional reagent preparation, sample handling, dilution or mixing.

The TECTATM B16 automated detection system, coupled with email/SMS reporting, also eliminates the need for manual, out­of­hours results interpretation, reducing staff and operational costs – an important consideration for time­and­cost conscious utilities.

This partner content is brought to you by Thermo Fisher Scientific, the exclusive distributor of TECTATM B16 in Australia and New Zealand. For more information please call 1300 735 295 or visit


Lauren brings a fresh approach to content. While she’s previously written for publications as diverse as Australian Geographic, The Border Watch and Girlfriend, she’s found her true passion in her current role as an editor in the world of energy and infrastructure trade magazines.

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