Biological control is an important part of a successful water treatment program. If biological activity is not controlled, critical plant equipment and piping will experience under-deposit and microbially-influenced corrosion (MIC). MIC can produce pipe failures in a relatively short period. Inadequate bacteria control can contribute to potential health hazards such as Legionella. Even minimal biofilm on heat transfer surfaces can effect the efficiency of the equipment and result in higher operating costs. Maintaining proper control requires appropriate testing and monitoring.
Heterotrophic plate counts (HPC), bioassay slides, SRB tests, etc., are part of AWTC’s periodic monitoring program and help ensure that bio-activity remains in control, resulting in optimal heat transfer efficiency and increased equipment life.