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Microbe Growth in the Water Pipeline

Microbes can thrive in nearly any environment, including within water pipelines. On occasion, we confront situations where biofilms accumulate within the pipelines and filtration systems, indicating a need for improvements in the overall process. We do promote microbe grows in wastewater treatment plant, however the grow in water pipeline would be a disaster.

Microbes and microorganisms are omnipresent in the environment. To address this, we can focus on two key strategies: implementing a well-designed pipeline system and conducting regular maintenance services to safeguard water quality.

Microbial growth can eventually lead to the formation of biofilms within pipelines.

Factors Affecting the Microbial Grow

The habitat microbe in the water can grow rapidly in a stagnant water as compare with a flowing pipe, this is because the stagnant water becomes a big reservoir for the grow. Some detergents which consist of organic substance become the nutrient source for the microbe. This even accelerate the bacterial growth rate.

There are many factors which affecting the microbe grow in the water line, let us name a few without in-depth study:

  1. Water flow rate in the pipeline.
  2. Water piping design.
  3. On-line sterilization equipment in the water system.
  4. Internal pipe surface.

Industrial Water Pipeline Cleaning

The grow of microbe is actually accumulated throughout the time. A thin biofilm is one the the formation which a proof of accumulation and you may even see the tubercular cluster in certain 90-degree bend. We may require an experience pipeline cleaning engineer in order to rejuvenate an aged pipeline.

Microbe Growth in Pipeline

The biofilm will conglomerate through out some time and cause deficiency in the overall water pipeline performance. This include:

  1. Water pressure drop. This is a sign of restricted flow due to debris build up in the water pipe.
  2. Poor water quality.
  3. Corrosion pipe.
  4. Causing Tubercular formation.

Once the water pipeline inherent with biofilm, the filtration will be easily clogged up. Anyway, filtration system could be the first station we have to monitor.

To avoid microbe growth in the pipeline, the filed engineer has to perform a periodic water pipeline cleaning. Choose a chemical disinfectant solution which able to carry out disinfection purpose, most of the common chemical disinfection solution could be H2O2, Sodium Hypochlorite, some may use hot water too.

The concentration of the disinfectant shall deteriorate through out the pipeline sanitize process. Hence the field engineer have to measure the concentration at both inlet and outlet point to ensure the disinfectant is remained effective.

However, for some of the pipeline with heavily clogged up or even fill with tubercular, the pipeline cleaning has to be carry out by professional with dedicate device. Look for additional pipeline cleaning services.

Pipeline Design Parameters in Pharmaceutical Industry

Water pipeline in the pharmaceutical industry always has to properly designed to ensure the water quality and also ease of maintenance. In order to achieve a good water quality, the pipeline shall be designed and fulfill with some criteria, here are a few areas which the consultant shall consider:

  1. Water flow rate in the system.
  2. Loop design.
  3. Minimize or no dead-leg.
  4. Easy flushing
  5. Control of bioburden.
  6. Water pipe selection.

Setup a proper pipeline cleaning and sanitation activity to ensure minimize microbe growth and good water quality.

In general, we have to ensure the microorganism growth in the pipeline is well control. Any potential shall be eliminated since the design stage. Besides, user shall also conduct a good practice to clean up and sanitize the water pipe periodically.

Control of microbe growth in pipeline could be a challenging job which need the contribution from all aspect. Contact DST in case you need more information about the pipeline sanitation services.

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