Pseudomonas Aeruginosa in Drinking Water

Incubator Application

Hettich Incubator Application

The use of HettCube incubators to detect Pseudomonas aeruginosa in drinking water

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic pathogen that is ubiquitous in environments containing sufficient moisture. The micro-organism thrives in a wide range of conditions, from 9 °C to 42 °C, and has a high natural resistance to antibiotics. It does not generally pose a danger to healthy people who ingest the organism through drinking water, but it can cause inflammation if it comes into contact with skin lesions. The danger lies in the risk of nosocomial infections. The risk is highest for immunosuppressed patients and those in intensive care. It is, therefore, necessary for clinics and other facilities caring for people to make certain that their water is free of P. aeruginosa. It must, therefore, be tested every 6 months in accordance with a guideline of the Robert Koch Institute.


The presence of P. aeruginosa is determined by the method given in EN ISO 16266 through membrane filtration and incubation of the filter on Cetrimide agar. The color change and fluorescence under UV light indicate its presence. Presumptive colonies are cultured further on agar and tested to establish if they form ammonia from acetamide, are oxidase-positive or fluoresce in King B agar.

Importance of the test for the presence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in practice

Drinking water is tested at regular intervals to protect consumers. One such test is for the presence of P. aeruginosa. The nature and frequency of the tests are laid down in national regulations such as the “Trinkwasserverordnung” [Drinking Water Act] in Germany and the Safe Drinking Water Act in the USA.

Incubation conditions in accordance with EN ISO 16266:2008


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  • 4.3-inch touch display for intuitive operation
  • Very homogeneous and stable temperature, as well as precise temperature control
  • True “one-hand-operation” and flexible positioning of the shelves
  • Minimal energy consumption of < 0.06 kW/h at 37 °C
  • Low noise level of ≤ 44 dB(A)
  • Optimized loading capacity through unique accessories and options

Hettich products are designed to help you achieve optimal results for your application and are built to perform to the specifications outlined in the operators manual. For application-specific information and settings, please refer to your organization’s standard operating procedure. As always, our Hettich representatives are here to help determine which Hettich products and accessories best fit your laboratory requirements.

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Pseudomonas Aeruginosa in Drinking Water Application Note

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