Microbes Mean Trouble
Microbial presence in industrial water systems presents an ample source of problems. Unless appropriately addressed, harmful bacteria and viruses are eager to populate process waters and surfaces in contact with them. Why do microbes in water present a problem?
- Microbial growth can reduce process efficiency
- Higher fresh water consumption
- Outbreaks of harmful pathogens (eg. Legionella, Listeria …)
- Microbes prevents reusing process waters for washing and cooling purposes
Microbes are mostly found in biofilms growing on surfaces such as tanks, heat exchangers and pipes. They can also cause corrosion, reduce efficiency and negatively bypass detection if you are only monitoring the running water.