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Case Study: Automated Microbial Monitoring of Cooling Water

September 24, 2019


High amounts of bioload in cooling water can lead to infrastructure risks, such as blockages due to biofilm growth and sloughing, microbial-influenced corrosion (MIC), and reduced heat transfer efficiency. There are also potential risks to consumers and nearby residents from legionella contamination in the outfall of the cooling tower aerosol. In order to reduce these risks, power plants often use biocides to treat cooling water. But how do they know if the treatment is effective?



A power plant receives cooling water containing highly variable bioload. Although they treat the water with biocide, it is unclear whether their treatment strategy is effective.


Automated ATP monitoring using the EZ-ATP® Analyzer provides quick, reliable data to measure biocide effectiveness and improve dosing strategy.

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