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Insitox - Water analyzer

INSITOX | Water analyzer

Insitox - Water analyzer

INSITOX is a field analyzer that monitors and tracks the non-toxicity of drinking water or whether slightly contaminated or contaminated  water (mains water, tap water, water from the WWTP) 

This bioassay toximeter makes it possible to:

  • monitor and follow up the general toxicity of the water,
  • provide a complementary analysis to traditional physico-chemical measurements,
  • measure the real impact of water quality on living organisms,
  • provide a rapid warning of any deterioration in water quality following the demonstration of a proven toxicity effect on living organisms.

Analyseur eau potable

Technical specifications of INSITOX

The Tame-Water analyser is a turnkey solution for analysing the toxicity of drinking water or water with a low concentration.

The solution consists of :

  • a toximeter (incubator, carousel and a measuring device),
  • a digital tablet provided,
  • a specific software to read the results,
  • 3 luminescent bacteria selected for their representativeness, their complementarity and their sensitivity to chemical pollution.



The bioassays used are sensitive to the effects of chemical toxins:

  • heavy metals,
  • pesticides,
  • hydrocarbons,
  • cocktail effects,
  • endocrine disruptors, 
  • drugs...

Technical features of INSITOX


Tame-Water analyses the toxicity of water by analysing the simultaneous responses of three bioluminescent bacteria. These are selected for their environmental representativeness, for the complementarity of their sensitivity to chemical toxicity, as well as for their reference figure within the scientific community.

The combination of the responses of these three bacteria, rather than their implementation in isolation, is now considered to be a very reliable approach for the effective analysis of chemical toxicity phenomena.


To meet the health challenges related to water quality, the speed of the test is a determining characteristic.

The INSITOX analyser developed by Tame-Water is able to give a toxicity analysis in less than 6 hours. This significantly reduces the time needed to obtain results and allows for more regular monitoring and rapid action in the event of a proven toxicity.

Field or laboratory

Transportable and compact (29×29×46 cm), this measuring device allows rapid assessment and monitoring of the chemical toxicity of water directly in the field or in the laboratory.


Analyseur eau dimensions

Easy to use

Easy to use, it allows to perform bioassays in a simple and automated way.
The bacteria are freeze-dried for easy transport and storage. They are delivered ready to use in disposable vials.

How INSITOX works

After connecting the device, an operator adds the water sample he wants to analyse to the consumables bottles. For each sample, 1 vial of each of the three bacterial strains in the panel is required (3 in total).
The operator, guided by a colour code, inserts the consumables into the device and launches the acquisition from the software. The acquired results can be viewed during the manipulation.
The device analyses the results according to a predefined programme and then returns them.
At the end of the analysis, the consumables can simply be disposed of without any special precautions.

Applications of INSITOX

INSITOX is an easy-to-use drinking water analyser for assessing water toxicity. It can be used both in the field and in the laboratory and is perfectly suited for the following applications :

  • alert station for securing water intakes: analysis to prevent accidental pollution, anti-malware monitoring;

  • prevention of the impacts of potential chemical toxins in discharges, such as micropollutants, drugs or cocktail effects generated by the mixing of chemical toxins;

  • monitoring of drinking water quality: analysis of water leaving the production plant, reservoir, water tower, distribution network;

  • optimisation of drinking water production processes (tap water): analysis of water during the various treatment stages;

  • monitoring of the toxicity of charged water at the inlet and outlet of public and/or industrial wastewater treatment plants;

  • analysis of waste water in the natural environment;

  • prevention of the impacts of potential chemical toxins in discharges, such as micropollutants, drugs or cocktail effects generated by the mixing of chemical toxins.

Eau potable

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85660 Saint-Philbert-de-Bouaine

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