The demand for silver in biocide applications is increasing so dramatically that this one silver use is expected to impact the silver precious metals market. The most popular use of silver for biocide applications is in water purification devices. Currently, the world uses 445 thousand troy ounces for biocide applications each year. However, this is projected to increase by 600% by the year 2006. North America, including the United States, uses only a very small fraction of silver for biocidal applications compared to Japan. However, projections show the US consumption will dramatically increase over the next five years.









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