Aussie laboratory delivers rapid detection through automation

Australian Tamworth Environmental Laboratory (TEL) has received NATA accreditation to use Canadian technology from TECTA-PDS in order to automate their water testing for E. coli and Total Coliforms.

TEL is a unit of Tamworth Regional Council (TRC) and primarily offers environmental testing services to the North West, Northern Tablelands and Liverpool Plains regions of New South Wales in Australia. This area incorporates regional cities and remote and isolated communities.

The TECTA-PDS automated microbial detection system, TECTATM B16, is the only US EPA approved automated method for drinking water compliance testing and provides the fastest time to detect while also being the easiest test to conduct.

The portability and complete testing capabilities, including interpretation of results and full reports sent immediately via email, will provide lab grade quality results instantly for Tamworth Laboratories who, being in a regional area, were previously outsourcing their micro samples to an external lab and having to wait several days to receive the results, which caused operational delays for both them and their customers.

With the TECTATM B16 instrument, supplied through TECTA-PDS’ regional distributor Thermo Fisher Scientific, Tamworth has been able to shave off a minimum of one day time- to-result as well as lowering shipping costs for samples. From an operational perspective, Tamworth has embraced the ease of use and limited training required for a lab technician to run aseptic microbial samples.

“This is a fantastic step forward in the Australian market. We are very proud to be adopted in over 35 countries and look forward to continuing to work closely together with Tamworth Laboratories and in Australia,” Tim Adams, EVP TECTA-PDS said.

James Anderson, Senior Laboratory Technician at Tamworth Environmental Laboratory said the requirement for timely microbiological analysis for drinking water was identified as a public health issue in the region and TECTATM B16 provided the solution with the added benefits over other methodologies of rapid detection and notification.