Organic load control in drinking water – First part

Objectives that we will develop in this article on organic load control in drinking water:

  1. Improved identification of possible organic pollutants at the plant entrance
  2. Improvement of the efficiency in the addition of chemical products in the coagulation-flocculation process
  3. Early detection of filter saturation by activated carbon.
  4. Decrease in energy consumption in the control of UV disinfection and increase in lamp durability.
  5. Water storage: ensure the quality of drinking water by continuously measuring the
    organic pollutants before distribution.

What is organic load?

Drinking water comes from very diverse sources, such as rivers, lakes, aquifers and reservoirs, and usually contains natural organic matter (humic, fulvic, tannic acids, etc.). Thus we can define the organic load as the content of carbon compounds in an effluent. Said carbon compounds are chemical structures where carbon is bound to hydrogen and other elements such as sulfur, oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorous and chlorine, etc. There is no single structure and the number of carbon atoms can vary from one, as in the case of methane, to millions, as in DNA.

Imagen 1: F. J. Stevenson: Humus Chemistry. Genesis, Composition, Reactions. 2. Auflage . John Wiley and Sons, New York (1994)

One of the main objectives of the drinking water treatment process is to eliminate these dissolved organic substances.

How do we measure organic load?

From Matelco we propose you the AMI SAC254 analyzer, from the Swiss company SWAN ANALYTICAL INSTRUMENTS, it monitors dissolved organic matter by UV absorption at 254 nm (Based on DIN EN 38404-4) since many organic substances absorb UV light at that length cool. This allows an accurate analysis of trends in the concentration of organic matter, facilitating the quality control of drinking water with greater security. Thanks to its simplicity of use and low maintenance, the AMI SAC254 analyzer is an ideal solution for on-line control of organic load.


Technical characteristics:

  • AMI transmitter in IP66 aluminum box
  • Overflow flow cell, with adjustment valve
  • Flowmeter photometer
  • Low maintenance and easy handling
  • Factory pre-calibrated and ready for use
  • Measurement range: 0,05 a 60 Abs m-1
  • Variable optical path length 10 to 100 mm to adjust the measurement range
  • Measurement time: 1 min
  • Optional cleaning module, by adding chemical agents, to prevent biological growth in the flow cell and photometer. Cleaning frequency controlled from the transmitter


Applications in water treatment plants (ETAP)


Water intake


Installing the AMI Sac at the entrance of the ETAP allows us to:

  • Monitoring of changes in the organic load of raw water for trend analysis.
  • Early identification of organic contaminants for immediate handling and adjustment of the process.

Example of measurement of river water after the first filtering where a significant peak is detected after a strong storm.

In the next installment we will continue to look in detail at the other applications.

If you need to resolve any doubt or question you may have about this analyzer, you only have to fill out the form on our website and one of our experts will contact you as soon as possible.

For the quality ISO 9001:2015

Gestión de la calidad según la ISO 9001:2015

More than 20 years in Matelco implement the management system ISO 9001 . It was 1997, and the goal was to increase customer satisfaction while unequivocally demonstrate our ability to deliver products and services according to their expectations.

Time has passed. Changes have happened, advances, there are new needs of our customers, and Matelco continue to work with the main objective of maintaining the ISO 9001: 2015 . So we continue analyzing, reviewing and improving our processes to find new ways to remain efficient and provide better and optimal service to our customers.

In this regard, we have worked Matelco seven principles of quality management , perfecting and improving them, which are as follows:

  1. Customer focus: to understand their needs and expectations, and dedicating resources to learn more about how to meet them .


  1. Leadership: creating the conditions for people to get involved, guided by the same objectives.


  1. Commitment of people working in Matelco: committed at all levels is essential to enhance their ability to create and deliver value to the organization.


  1. Process approach: streamlining the functioning of MATELCO, optimizing our processes to achieve better results.


  1. Continuous improvement at all levels of the organization, setting new goals and objectives that conduct a significant improvement steadily.


  1. Making decisions based on analysis and evaluation of data in order to get the best conclusions and actions to follow.


  1. Managing relationships with our customers and suppliers. Because we greatly appreciate your feedback, we listen to each and every one of your requests, applications and suggestions for improvement.


Thus in Matelco we remain committed to quality, implementing the new ISO 9001: 2015. Involving each and every one of our employees, strategies, actions and visions of MATELCO. Implementing continuous improvement in all our areas. This is our commitment to customer satisfaction.

The First IN SITU Hydrogen Analyzer in the World

Anlizador de hidrógeno

Hydrogen control IN-SITU was considered impossible. Never more!

First in the world, NEO Monitors ( developed the solution for measuring hydrogen in situ, using the TDLS (Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy) method. The underlying technology has already been used successfully in many industrial applications.

Our new product, LaserGas ™ II SP H 2 , opens horizons to new opportunities in process control with an exceptional response time. And even more: the cost of control is significantly reduced compared to traditional methods.


Fig. 1 LASER SP GAS II (in-situ)

LaserGas ™ II SP H 2 with LaserGas ™ II MP H 2 , an extractive solution MULTI-PASS for applications where more sensitivity or where an in situ solution is not feasible required.


Fig. 2 GAS LASER II MP (extractive)

– The CEO of Neo Monitors, Gorm Ketil Paulsen says: “We’ve been working toward this moment for years, building step by step. It was an almost impossible goal but we made it! ”

The hydrogen molecule (H 2 ) it has been long considered as nonabsorbable in the infrared band. This theory was incorrect and, by redesigning our analyzers , we have achieved an unprecedented sensitivity absorption minimum levels required in a hydrogen analyzer.


“Our new scanner is the perfect solution for a wide variety of applications and, in turn, opens up opportunities for better process control flows of reagents, toxic and corrosive gases,” said Paulsen.


Real – time measurement .

Our new solution for the measurement of hydrogen in-situ , can be applied to any chemical plant or refinery, wherever it is. The industrial sector of gas and oil and other chemical producers will benefit from real – time measurement of hydrogen levels.

LaserGas ™ II SP and MP H 2 we provide control and monitoring of the concentrations of hydrogen with a response time of less than 2 and 20 seconds, respectively. The solution maintains all the advantages of technology LaserGas ™ , proven, flexible and reliable. LaserGas ™ II SP and MP H 2 can detect leaks and increase the efficiency of control processes increases safety.

– LaserGas ™ II SP and MP H 2 ensure us free operations management problems for both refineries to chemical plants, thanks to its quick response and minimal maintenance they require. Our new analyzers can be used to detect leaks, improve process control and a wide range of other applications where continuous monitoring is necessary and accurate hydrogen. Ultimately, LaserGas ™ II H 2 may be the direct reason why accidents are prevented, as detailed Paulsen.

The LaserGas ™ technology has no zero drift, you have the option to control the good performance of the laser and does not require any consumables, which means that the maintenance cost is very low for our new analyzers.

Most LaserGas ™ II SP and MP’s analyzers include:

• Control of H 2 In situ and extractives
• Detection of H 2 in open spaces
• Applicable for complex matrices gases and variables.
• No field calibration is required.

Ask us any questions about the operation of these analyzers and solutions for measuring hydrogen in situ, and our team of experts in analytical gas will advisetechnically to give the most appropriate solution.

Prevention of legionellosis in industrial facilities from water analysis

  1. Legionella
  2. Major outbreaks of legionella infection
  3. The importance of preventive measures against legionella



It is a bacteria present in surface waters such as rivers, lakes and ponds. Since these natural reservoirs bacteria happens to colonize supply systems of cities, and through the distribution network water is incorporated into healthcare systems water (cold or hot) or others that require water to operate and can generating aerosols.

These are usually facilities that sometimes favor water stagnation and accumulation of products that nourish these bacteria, such as sludges, organic material, corrosion material and amoebas, forming a biolayer newly.

At certain temperatures, this biofilm favors the multiplication of legionella turning it into a source of infection for humans. Especially if a producer mechanism reaches aerosol, where bacteria can spread and for people to become ill when inhaled with contaminated aerosol.


Major outbreaks of legionella infection

Facilities identified as a source of infection most common forms are:

  • Systems hot water: mains and tanks, accumulators, boilers, heaters,
  • Domestic cold water systems: mains and tanks, accumulators, tanks, cisterns, tanks, wells …
  • Cooling towers
  • evaporative condensers
  • Air conditioning ducts
  • Respiratory therapy as respirators and nebulisers
  • humidifiers
  • heated pools, with or without movement
  • thermal baths
  • Decorative fountains
  • Irrigation systems
  • firefighting equipment
  • Cooling elements outdoor aerosolization
  • Other devices that can collect water and aerosolizarla


The importance of prevention and control of legionella in industrial installations

Measures to prevent legionella focus on avoiding conditions favoring colonization, proliferation and dispersed, such as temperature, water stagnation and accumulation of substrates.

In April 2017, the CTN 100 AENOR UNE 100030 updated on the criteria to be considered for the prevention and control of bacteria legionella at certain facilities and equipment located in buildings, to avoid the risk of legionella infection; a disease that can be fatal.

These criteria are focused on proper maintenance of the elements of each installation, eliminating and reducing the dirty areas that can serve as food for bacteria by water treatment. A daily tasks installation according to control levels of free chlorine, pH, turbidity, conductivity, and biocide in a representative number of installation points.

In this regard and in order to provide antimicrobial protection, Matelco has portable chlorine analyzers continuously measuring free chlorine, combined chlorine and total chlorine and turbidity analyzers, conductivity … .garantizando the required level by regulations.

Because health is first.

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