• What are Iron, Manganese and Sulphur Bacteria?

    Iron and manganese bacteria are microorganisms that use iron and manganese minerals to feed, thrive and multiply. Iron and manganese are naturally present in soil and water and do not always require oxygen to survive. These bacteria pose no health risks and are commonly called nuisance bacteria. Although iron and manganese bacteria are not harmful they grow extremely fast when combined with oxygen causing complications with your water source.

    Some of the signs and complications are:

    • Orange/brown/red slime mostly noticeable in toilet tanks. The bacteria can also resemble an oil slick on the surface of the water.
    •  Rotten egg, sewage or swampy smell.
    • Create sludge and build up in plumbing causing restrictions and reducing water flow.
    • Corrosion of well and plumbing components.
    • Plug and cause damage to water treatment equipment.
  •  Hydrogen Sulphide Bacteria (SRB)

    Sulphur bacteria also called sulphur-reducing bacteria are microorganisms that get their energy (food) to thrive and multiply from sulfate minerals found in groundwater supplies. Sulphur bacteria live in oxygen-deficient environments such as deep wells & plumbing systems. Sulphur Bacteria creates a dark gel-like slime causing restrictions in plumbing and can rapidly multiply in your well, causing well to gum up with slime.