Water treatment

Bromine based products have been used in water treatment applications to purify and disinfect water since the 1930s.

Water management

The sustainable management of water is one of today’s greatest challenges.
The earth’s growing population is rocketing and so is the demand for water for personal, industrial and agricultural use. Water impurities such as algae, fungi, bacteria and microbes can cause serious threats to both human health and the environment as well as to the safety and effectiveness of industrial processes. Water purification, conservation and wastewater treatment are processes currently implemented in order to ensure an adequate and optimised use of water. These processes also play a crucial role in minimising resource consumption and costs when used in industry.

Bromine and water treatment

Bromine-based products are ideal solutions for water treatment applications thanks to bromine’s ability to kill harmful contaminants1 by combining with bacteria and other living organisms in water. Bromine dissociates in water by forming hypobromous acid (HBrO) which has powerful disinfectant properties, due to its ability to kill the cells of many pathogens. Bromine is effective against tough waterborne viruses, such as poliovirus, and rotaviruses as well as a wide spectrum of bacteria2. It also reacts with other substances in water to form bromine-containing substances. As an example, bromine reacts with ammonia compounds to form bromamines, which are very effective antimicrobials.

Bromine-based products are used to ensure clean water in many essential industrial applications such as

water-treatement   WASTE WATER TREATMENT

Brominated compounds improve the rate at which one can recycle industrial water, the quality of industrial water discharge and the safety of recreational water facilities.

cooling-water   Cooling water systems

In power plants such as coal-fired, nuclear, co-generation and gas-steam, water treatment is a key element to ensure the efficiency of the water cooling system. The efficiency of the operation also contributes to guaranteeing its ecologically positive contribution, while being economically viable.

brewery-icon   Brewery pasteurisers

Bromine based solutions are a very good fit as they are less corrosive, allowing for enhanced odour control and the improved efficiency of pasteurisation.

pulp-icon   Pulp and paper mill systems

Bromine-based compounds are used as biocides to inhibit the accumulation of microorganisms on wetted surfaces and reduce planktonic populations while providing improved cost performance and low environmental impact.

decorative-icon  Decorative fountains, pools and spas

Bromine filtration systems can be used to kill bacteria and harmful contaminants. Bromine performs better than chlorine in sunlight and has less of a chemical odour. In swimming pools, the use of bromine ensures that the pool is suitable for people with sensitive skin. It is also widely found in spas as bromine remains stable in hot water.

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Bromine and Mercury Emissions Reduction

Bromine exhibits a wide range of properties which make it an excellent fit for many water treatment applications.

Anti-corrosive properties3

Short life expectancy of the compounds resulting in limited residuals

Ability to dissolve in water three times more efficiently than chlorine resulting in a by-product that is much less likely to become airborne, preventing the formation of chemical odour

Strong bactericidal activity4

High tolerance to pH and temperature variations.