How does the Bactiquant- Surface method compare to ATP based technology?
The Bactiquant-surface does not correlate well with ATP based methods. ATP is present in all living organisms, in the cells, in exudates, and secretions. The hydrolase activity measured by the Bactiquant-surface method is a much more specific measure of total bacteria present. As an example: Slide a finger cross a surface. This will leave high amounts of ATP on the surface even though no bacterial hydrolase can be measured.
Can the Bactiquant- surface help in making the remediation process more efficient and economic?
Yes. Not having to wait for lab results allows for rapid demobilization of remediation barriers and containment systems and enables the re-occupancy of an area that much faster. Additionally, the Bactiquant-surface method can be used to evaluate the efficacy of different methods for cleaning contaminated materials. A test cleaning assessment using the Bactiquant-surface method enables remediators and consultants to quickly, and empirically, identify materials that can and cannot be cleaned.