Product Code TMP 009
The heterotrophic plate count (HPC), formerly known as the standard plate count is a procedure for estimating the number of live heterotrophic bacteria in water and measuring changes during water treatment, in distribution systems or in swimming pools. R-2A Agar is recommended by APHA for estimating the heterotrophic plate count by the pour plate, spread plate or membrane filter procedure. R-2A Agar is formulated as per Reasoner and Geldreich. Stressed or injured organisms during water treatment are unable to grow on high nutrient media, since the faster growing organisms outgrow the former. Therefore the use of a low nutrient medium like R-2A Agar incubated for longer incubation periods allows these stressed organisms to grow well.
For heterotrophic plate count of treated potable water, using longer incubation period.
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