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Maintaining Microbiological Control in Cooling Towers

February 3, 2017

Go Beyond the Clean-up Power of AMSA BCP® Chemistry

Witnessing the clean-up of a heavily fouled cooling tower or cooling water system can be a dramatic experience. Many customers are sold on the strengths of AMSA BCP® products to penetrate/disperse/clean biofilm in cooling water systems after seeing clean-up applications similar to the one pictured here.

In fact, many customers have won accounts by performing chemical cleanings in cooling towers, chillers, and closed loop systems with AMSA chemistry.  However, a good cooling tower maintenance program prevents the need for cleaning a heavily fouled system.

Tower Fill Before and After BCP® Chemistry

Consider Preventing the Need for a Clean-up in the First Place

An alternative strategy for the use of AMSA BCP® products is applying them in conjunction with a full water treatment program in a maintenance dosing regimen.   This type of cooling tower maintenance program results in:

  • Surfaces that are kept clean.  Clean cooling water surfaces are important because they foster:
    • Less potential for microbially influenced corrosion (MIC)
    • Better performance from corrosion and scale inhibitors
    • Decreased opportunity for biofilm to harbor pathogens such as Legionella Pneumophila
    • More efficient heat transfer on exchanger surfaces
  • Cooling systems that run closer to design and more efficiently.
  • Oxidizing and non-oxidizing biocides work more effectively so that the biocide can more readily kill the bacteria with the biofilm penetration and dispersion help of BCP® products.
  • Clean systems are less likely to get ‘out of control’ in between service visits.

Overall, adding AMSA BCP® products routinely to a water treatment program offers water treatment service companies the security that their programs are working as designed and customer satisfaction is achieved with a well maintained cooling water system!

The following video shows the value of AMSA BCP® products in a maintenance dosing program to keep your system clean.

Four Methods to Use BCP® Products in a Maintenance Mode

Chemical Dosing Station
Chemical Dosing Station

1) Regular slug dosing with BCP® 1000 or BCP® 2000 series liquid products.

2) Continuous feeding of BCP® liquid products.

AMSA DTEA II Solid Slow Release Tablets hang in small and medium sized cooling towers and provide a maintenance treatment program for up to one month!
3) Hanging AMSA’s solid slow release tablets in your smaller cooling towers.
4) Feeding an All-in-One Drum formulation containing AMSA BCP® chemistry as your scale control, corrosion inhibitor and surface cleaning solution.

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