Antimicrobials are important for smooth industry production and worker safety. Microbes can grow and thrive in many industrial settings, causing disruptions in production and serious safety hazards. Countless industries from manufacturing to gas extraction rely on antimicrobials in their processes.
Antimicrobials play other important roles behind the scenes. Cooling towers, used to regulate heating, ventilation, and air conditioning in apartment and office buildings or large industrial facilities, are especially prone to microbial growth. If unchecked and untreated, these microbe-infested waters can disperse into the air we breathe causing sickness. Bacteria can also cause slime buildup within the systems resulting in malfunctions. This is why cooling water systems must be treated with antimicrobials to kill dangerous bacteria that could make us sick and cause costly damage.