Dealing with biofilm

Biofilm formation in domestic water systems is unavoidable, yet it can be effectively managed. Scientists have shown that, irrespective of the biocidal properties of the pipe-work material, approximately 95% of a water system’s total biomass is attached to its walls.

Chemicals treat only the remaining 5% free-floating, planktonic bacteria.  Therefore, the practical approach to reducing biofilm is through high velocity flushing:  upsetting the flow equilibrium, shear forces slough off excess biofilm, which is then carried away to drain. A flushing facility is integral to the Optitherm Thermostatic tap design. Find out more here.

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