See the Teledyne ISCO Automatic Sampler In Action Detecting COVID-19 in Wastewater Systems

UC Berkeley researchers use an effective method for detecting the presence of the Coronavirus in wastewater flowing through municipal sewer systems. Wastewater testing will assist public policy makers in determining where and how to implement COVID-19 plans.

The UC Berkeley videos above show how the Teledyne ISCO sampler collects wastewater for COVID-19 detection in a real-world application.

Wastewater testing, also known as "wastewater quality indicators," refers to the various test methodologies used to assess water quality. These tests determine the physical, chemical, and biological properties of wastewater. In a single sample, wastewater naturally collects waste from hundreds to even millions of people. By drawing a representative sample of wastewater and analyzing it, you can gain a wealth of information that you would not be able to obtain by testing people individually. 

The amount of viral matter in a community's wastewater could reveal the prevalence of COVID-19 in the population. This information initiates the necessary mitigation and response initiatives, such as individual testing, contract tracking, and quarantine. It also allows for collecting data on a cross-section of the population, allowing for the monitoring of large-scale public health solutions. However, detecting tiny virus particles in the wastewater that flows through our sewage pipes is problematic. It includes toilet water, sink water, shower water, and everything else that goes down the drain. Teledyne ISCO is pioneering the use of water samplers to detect virus evidence in sewage. 

Teledyne ISCO is a leading manufacturer and supplier of rugged, dependable field-portable water quality monitoring instruments. Their automatic sampler readings analyze the Coronavirus characteristics and presence in parts per million quantities, which, compared to population numbers in a geographic area, aids in determining the presence and amount of virus in the wastewater. 

The video link is here.

The full article outlining UC Berkeley's initiative is here.

For more information about Teledyne ISCO samplers used for Covid detection in Western Pennsylvania, Northern Ohio, Western Maryland, and West Virginia contact Advance Instruments. Call 888-388-6446 or visit

A Non-contact Laser Level and Distance Transmitter for Just About Any Application: The Hawk Measurement OptioLaser L100 and L200

Hawk Measurement OptioLaser L100 and L200


The Hawk Measurement OptioLaser L100 and L200 are the ideal solution for a wide range of industrial applications such as plastics, mining, aggregates, water and wastewater, oil and gas, pulp and paper, pharma, food and beverages, and chemicals and petrochemicals.

The OptioLaser L100/L200 is a non-contact laser sensor used to measure the distance to solid and liquid surfaces, slurries, or murky water. Solid surfaces can be anything from a metal plate on the side of an overhead crane to the top of material stored in a silo. The L100 measures up to 164ft and the L200 up to 328ft. These devices include an easy-to-use menu system configurable for either distance or level measurement, and  provide high accuracy, long-range, and fast update rates. 

The OptioLaser L100/L200 uses a unique laser with a very narrow beam that can measure long and short distances at practically any angle. Furthermore, the OptioLaser L100/L200 is made entirely of stainless steel and is exceptionally tough and perfect for the harshest conditions. The OptioLaser L100/L200 Laser Level Transmitters are fully programmable and come with user-friendly software. Configuration is done via USB.  Their accuracy and durability make the OptioLaser ideal for a wide range of applications and industries, and where there is a need for level control, distance, positioning and blockage detection. Typical applications consist of block chute detection, stockpile monitoring, tank and silo level, collision detection, and truck or machine detection.

In Western Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Western Maryland contact Advance Instruments. Call (888) 388-6446 or visit