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What is Mycobacteria?

Mycobacteria is a bacteria found in water systems that is the cause of Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) disease as well as several other ailments. It proliferates rapidly in warm water environments and poses as a threat when exposed to humans. This pathogen can enter the body in many ways, such as ingesting contaminated water, breathing in the bacteria, or allowing it to come into contact with broken skin. Many outbreaks have been traced to mycobacteria in water supplies as well as in public swimming areas.

What Is Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Disease?

The disease caused by a mycobacteria infection can take many forms, depending on the strain. The most common symptoms include ear infections, blood infections, and pulmonary issues. These can become chronic and require ongoing treatment in some cases. Treatment typically involves a regimen of antibiotics or even surgery if subcutaneous lesions develop. Guarding against mycobacteria in tap water and other resources is extremely important.

Preventing Mycobacteria Outbreaks

Chlorine treatments and other traditional disinfectants are relatively ineffective against this pathogen because of its natural resistance. It is critical that water sources shared by large groups of people be properly treated. The safest way to guard the public and employees from mycobacteria is a multipronged strategy centered around proven technologies. Fortunately, LiquiTech offers multiple solutions that can be combined to provide the highest levels of protection. Our point-of-entry filtration and UV lamp systems form a tight defense.

LiquiTech’s SAFETGUARD® self-cleaning filter system works to remove biofilm deposits at the source. It prevents harmful mycobacterium from receiving the nutrients they need to flourish. Because this system requires no consumables and can be functional within seconds of installation, it offers a high-efficiency, low-waste treatment option for your water.

When SAFETGUARD® is combined with our advanced UV lamp equipment, the protection it provides becomes even stronger. The high-intensity light generated by UV lamps damages the DNA and RNA of bacteria, molds, yeasts, and viruses. This renders them inert and unable to reproduce. Our proprietary designs ensure that these lamps operate at the maximum levels of efficiency and reliability. Join this technology with our state-of-the-art filtration to achieve an exceptional level of security. To make certain that you are keeping people safe, combine these LiquiTech systems with regular testing of the water for mycobacterium.

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Up to 38% of all Water Systems are Contaminated with Mycobacteria

Piped water systems are commonly colonized by microbacteria. Growths and biofilms serve as reservoirs for the pathogen where the bacteria are able to proliferate.

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Over 75,000 Documented Cases Each Year in the U.S.

Common resulting ailments include Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) disease, pneumonia, catheter-associated infection, ear infection. In some people, mycobacterial infections in the lungs or mycobacterial skin infections can become chronic and require ongoing treatment.


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Patients with Mycobacteria are Twice as Likely to Experience Exacerbation

Immunocompromised individuals are at highest risk of contracting an infection from Mycobacteria. The pathogen is not transmitted from person-to-person, but rather from exposure, inhalation, or ingestion of contaminated water.

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Mycobacteria have been proven to be extremely resistant to chlorine treatments.

5 States with the Highest Number of Confirmed Cases of Mycobacteria

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In 2018, it is estimated that 75,000 to 105,000 patients will be diagnosed with NTM lung disease in the U.S.


The EPA recommends filtration and UV disinfection for controlling and preventing Mycobacteria in water systems.

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Mycobacterial infections can become chronic and require ongoing treatments, and requires antibiotics for at least 12 months in even previously healthy individuals.

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