When new structures are put up and connected to water lines, there’s one important task that must be completed after everything is constructed. That task is the sanitizing of the water lines. New plumbing in residential buildings and commercial buildings, as well as distribution systems, should be sanitized to kill bacteria that have built up during the construction process. Often, the most effective method in sanitizing these lines is that of shock chlorination. This process helps to eliminate mold, algae, slime, and other types of bacteria.

The Threat Of Excessive Bacterial Growth

When bacteria grow excessively along the walls of any type of drinking water distribution systems, it creates a major concern for public health and well-being. Within the biofilm are nutrients, microbes, and other dangerous pathogens. This creates a layer of an unhealthy coating that leaks into the water supply.

How Can Bio-film start In New Water Distribution Systems?

The presence of dirt, construction materials, and human bacteria are what starts the growth of a biofilm in a water distribution system. The environment essentially introduces these types of bacteria into the water supply. Repairs or regular maintenance that is done to the water line or system can also be the cause of bio-film.

The Process Of Sanitization

Shock- chlorination has three main phases:

  • Inactivating the disease-causing bacteria
  • Cleaning the equipment and piping to rid it from dirt and debris
  • Preventing bio-film from building up

These are just some of the advantages to the process of shock chlorination. The treatments include an even distribution of chlorine throughout the water system and piping. Then, the water will be tested to verify levels of chlorination and that the bacteria has been properly treated.

Matt Chlor is a trusted source throughout the United States that provides water treatment to both new and existing pipelines and distribution systems. Use our services to ensure that you’re providing clean water right from the source.