Sulpher Reducing Bacteria (SRB)
SRB’s are naturally occurring in well water and are usually not a concern, however when they react with the heat of your hot water tank or remain stagnant in your water softener or backwashing system they create an unpleasant odour resulting from an overgrowth of the sulphur reducing bacteria. Although Sulphur and Sulphur reducing bacteria produce an unpleasant smell they are not harmful to your health
SULPHUR REDUCING BACTERIA (SRB) are the primary producers of large quantities of SULPHUR. These bacteria use sulphur as an energy source, chemically changing natural sulfates in water to hydrogen sulfide. These bacteria usually flourish on the hot water side of a water distribution system. Water containing high amounts of SULPHUR that escapes into the air gives a distinct "rotten egg" smell
SULPHUR REDUCING BACTERIA (SRB) when present in hot water tanks and lines use sulphur as an energy source. To protect you from the effects of SULPHUR REDUCING BACTERIA the most effective system is the use of a chlorine or peroxide injection system with a retention tank. Removal of the chlorine after the fact, for drinking purposes is desirable and we suggest installing a carbon backwash system in conjunction with a reverse-osmosis filtration system, for the cleanest water.
Alternatively, shocking the hot water tank and plumbing pipes with a high does of chlorine then installing an Air Birm Sulphur Backwashable System to prevent return of the SRB’s can a more cost effective solution. A lab certified water analysis will determine your best course of action.
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