This presentation will review scientific evidence on how cyanuric acid is biodegraded. We’ll examine peer-reviewed papers showing that cyanuric acid is biodegraded by a multistep, enzyme-catalyzed process through several intermediates to produce carbon dioxide and ammonia as final products. Then we'll examine a variety of bacteria and fungi capable of biodegrading cyanuric acid and the research that has led to the isolation of enzymes that are the basis of pool treatment products used to reduce the cyanuric acid concentration in swimming pool water.
Dr. Thomas Kuechler (Ph.D., inorganic chemistry) has over 30 years of experience in the water treatment industry, chiefly with chlorine and bromine biocides. His responsibilities have included product and application research, field trials, technical service, manufacturing support, and regulatory support. He has co-authored 10 peer-reviewed publications, 6 U.S. patents, and 11 papers at water treatment conferences.