How much does it cost to provide water to 16,000+ rodents in a research laboratory for a full year? There are several factors influencing the answer, chief among them being method of delivery. An analysis of water delivery methods revealed in its results an expense comparison using the Hydropac® Animal Watering System versus bottled watering.
To eliminate the gap between pipe lengths, a rubber seal may be used to bridge the pipe - removing the dead spaces in between. Edstrom Clean Joint™ piping systems apply this principle to inhibit biofilm growth. Clean joint connections utilize an L-shaped rubber seal between pipes to provide a smooth internal profile.
Many biomedical facilities have chosen to employ Continuous Dosing of acidified or chlorinated water to moderate pathogenic organisms, promoting better animal health and research integrity.
From time to time we are asked to provide information on which bedding produces the lowest incidence of compromising the functionality of the animal drinking valve.
Here is our reply.
The most important aspects of any contact bedding material utilized in solid bottom cages should be focused on a particle:
* Could readily be controlled if the bedding material is autoclaved prior to being utilized
What are the most common water contaminants? Avidity Science Drinking Valves are made from autoclavable 316 stainless steel and silicone rubber components, materials renowned for their resistance to chlorinated or acidified water found in animal watering systems. We have best practices for the care of our drinking valves which includes information for sanitization, sterilization, and storage of the valves whether they are integral to the cage, removable or integral to the manifold. These guidelines are key to extending the life of your drinking valves.