Effectiveness of Devices to Monitor Biofouling and Metals Deposition on Plumbing Materials Exposed to a Full-Scale Drinking Water Distribution SystemReport as inadecuate




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A Modified Robbins Device MRD was installed in a full-scale water distribution system to investigate biofouling and metal depositions on concrete, high-density polyethylene HDPE and stainless steel surfaces. Bulk water monitoring and a KIWA monitor with glass media were used to offline monitor biofilm development on pipe wall surfaces. Results indicated that adenosine triphosphate ATP and metal concentrations on coupons increased with time. However, bacterial diversities decreased. There was a positive correlation between increase of ATP and metal deposition on pipe surfaces of stainless steel and HDPE and no correlation was observed on concrete and glass surfaces. The shared bacterial diversity between bulk water and MRD was less than 20% and the diversity shared between the MRD and KIWA monitor was only 10%. The bacterial diversity on biofilm of plumbing material of MRD however, did not show a significant difference suggesting a lack of influence from plumbing material during early stage of biofilm development.



Author: Maneesha P. Ginige , Scott Garbin, Jason Wylie, K. C. Bal Krishna

Source: http://plos.srce.hr/



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