Biofilm and Wa­ter QUAL­ITY

The Poultry Bulletin - - BIOFILM AND WATER QUALITY -

While it is im­por­tant to have a sup­ply of good qual­ity drink­ing wa­ter, it is just as crit­i­cal to have the same qual­ity of drink­ing wa­ter at the point where it is con­sumed by the chicks.

Jan van Harn, Francesca Nei­jen­huis and Hilko Ellen Wa­genin­gen of UR Live­stock Re­search say when biofilm – a slimy layer on the inside of the wa­ter pipe – de­vel­ops, this can se­ri­ously af­fect the qual­ity of drink­ing wa­ter at the nip­ple.

When micro­organ­isms grow on de­posits of min­er­als and or­ganic dirt par­ti­cles inside the pipe, biofilm de­vel­ops. In­creased amounts of iron, man­ganese and lime, for ex­am­ple, in the wa­ter in­crease the chance of the for­ma­tion of a biofilm, and can also lead to ex­tra wear, blocks and leaks. Sub­stances and ex­cip­i­ents

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