Water Bug

The Water Bug is an open-cell foam membrane that traps water contaminants that may otherwise remain undetected.  Like a sponge, the flexible elastomeric foam acts like a capillary network similar to the alveoli of the human lungs; the Water Bug absorbs contamination and exhales clear water, one drop at a time.  The trapped contaminants are collected and can be analyzed by independent laboratories.

The Water Bug can be deployed in multiple places:

  • Upstream - in oceans, lakes, rivers and streams
  • Midstream - at municipal water supplies or irrigation systems
  • Downstream - in the premises of homes or businesses, in all of the plumbing fixtures. 

The Water Bug enables water to be tested everywhere that it is used, as opposed to just a single sampling point.  The open-cell foam membrane captures harmful toxins that traditional Grab Samples miss, such as chloroform and VOCs, which can be carcinogens.  The Water-Bug also identifies harmful bacteria/fungi such as Legionella.


In the larger Eelgrass configuration, the Next-Generation Open-Cell foam surface is designed specifically for fast moving currents of streams, rivers, or oceans. The larger surface area (of 900 to 3600 square feet) maximizes contact with the water to remove oil and more than 50 different toxic chemicals before they can impact the shoreline or travel downstream. The Next-Generation Open-Cell foam material and the unique configuration of the Eelgrass provide greater absorption than traditional polypropylene fiber booms. 

Eelgrass captures contaminants in a manner that facilitates more detailed lab analysis. With oil spills, a variety of chemical dispersants are also used in the cleanup effort.  These chemicals need to be removed with the oil. They also need to be analyzed, to identify concentration levels over time, which provides metrics to measure the effectiveness of the cleanup effort.

Filter Bags

AquaFlex Filter Bags leverage proprietary and patent pending next generation technology to trap, filter and remove a variety of chemicals, including VOC’s from hyrdro-carbons, such as benzene, to chloroform and many others.  They also remove metals from nickel, lead, phosphorus, and others. They can be used to absorb fat, oil, and grease, and they trap SVOC’s from dichlorobenzene to methylnaphthalene, and many more.

AquaFlex Filter Bags have also been proven in the field to reduce TDS (Total Dissolved Solids), TSS (Total Suspended Solids) and Surfactants, which are a class of chemical compounds found in many household products.  

AquaFlex Filter Bags leverage the biomimicry of natural Eelgrass, in a commercialized manner that can scale to filter contaminated water in most the difficult conditions, under high flow rates. 

Environmental Indicator

The AquaFlex Environmental Indicator is a highly sensitive water-quality tester that’s used to identify more than 50 different contaminants in water. Submerging the Open Cell Foam Indicators in water enables sampling at multiple levels – including the top, middle, and bottom of the waterway.  Collected samples are sent to independent and accredited labs for testing, and comprehensive reports describe exactly what has been found in the water.

Steps in the process include:

Deployment – at multiple depths for more comprehensive collection versus standard grab methods.
Specific retrieval techniques are used to detail coordinates and create a documented chain of custody.
Pieces of the Indicator are cut and placed in sealed and iced containers, where they protected from sunlight and transported to accredited laboratories for analysis.
Retrieved samples are sent to independent, accredited labs, where they ate tested for up to 50 different chemicals. Comprehensive reports are peer reviewed by various scientists and toxicologists.
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