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Microbially induced corrosion (MIC) is a common phenomenon caused by microorganisms that produce gases, decay agents and other corrosive substances. It can lead to damage to materials such as metal, concrete, rubber, plastic and other materials. MIC is a major problem in water distribution systems because it can reduce the life and quality of materials. In addition, MIC can lead to clogging, fouling and even explosion hazards.

Fortunately, HOCl as a disinfectant offers an effective solution to MIC. HOCl (or hypochlorous acid) is a powerful disinfectant that can deal with a broad spectrum of microorganisms and their byproducts. It is excellent for disinfecting process water systems where MIC is a problem. Indeed, HOCl is particularly effective at low concentrations in dealing with biofilm and a wide range of bacteria, fungi, algae and other microorganisms that can cause Microbial Induced Corrosion.

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Benefits of HOCl in controlling MIC

HOCl has many advantages over other disinfectants:

  1. It is safe for humans, animals and plants. It is not a CMR substance and no personal protective equipment is required to use it.
  2. It is an economical and easy-to-use solution to address MIC, dosed in low concentrations. Less agent for the same effect.
  3. It is effective against a broad spectrum of microorganisms, so there is no need to use a cocktail of harmful agents.

In-situ production of HOCl with the Watter-system

Not only with regard to MIC, but also because the use of chemical disinfectants can be harmful to the environment, it is important that companies handle their disinfection processes responsibly. In situ production of disinfectants is a sustainable alternative for companies that purchase many hazardous chemicals for the purpose of process water disinfection.

The Watter system is an innovative solution for on-site production of HOCl. The system uses electrolysis of water and salt, enabling the production of a very strong disinfectant with low operational costs. Furthermore, it has many advantages, such as:

  1. It is a safe and reliable method of producing an effective, ready-to-use disinfectant;
  2. By producing on-site themselves, companies become independent of supplies and thus save on transportation;
  3. It is a method with low operational costs (water, salt and electricity), allowing companies to save money on the purchase and storage of (flammable) hazardous chemicals;
  4. It is a reasonably automated solution, so the quality of the agent is always the same;
  5. Due to daily fresh production and low dosage, the risk of disinfection byproducts (DBP) is very low.

Combat MIC by preserving!

Switch from chemical disinfectants to in-situ production of HOCl with the Watter system. By choosing this solution, you can effectively deal with biofilm and MIC without high oxidizing doses. Moreover, you save money by producing on-site yourself, without depending on suppliers. If you are looking for a sustainable and effective solution for MIC, the Watter system is an option you should definitely consider.