The Basics of UV Water Purification

Old infrastructure is leading to increased contamination in rural suburban and urban water supplies. UV water purification is an innovative technology that can offer your family peace of mind and real results. Why UV Water Purification? UV water purification systems can destroy 99.99% of waterborne bacteria and microorganisms. Since the systems do not use chlorine or other chemicals they are eco-friendly and chemical-free. These purification systems are very cost-effective as you only need to replace the sleeve and lamp once a year. Other methods of filtration and purification change the odor and taste of the water while UV purification does not. These systems pay for themselves in a short period of time. What Contaminants Does Ultraviolet Light Eliminate? UV purification uses specific wavelengths of light to disrupt the DNA of microscopic organisms and kill them. As the light hits the water the microorganisms will be effectively disabled without needing to add any chemicals. While UV light is dangerous when it makes contact with your skin in sunlight it is not harmful to humans when used during the purification process. The contaminants removed by UV light include:

  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Cysts
  • Salmonella
  • E. coli
  • Typhoid
  • Polio
  • Cholera
  • Hepatitis
  • Coliform
  • Giardia
  • Flu
  • Dysentery
  • Meningitis
Do Houses with Well Water Need UV Purification? Over 19 million US homes rely on private wells for a water supply. Many more use streams lakes and other types of surface water. Small studies have found that over 40% of wells contain E. coli or coliform bacteria. Everything from snowfall to a hurricane can dramatically change the bacterial composition of well water and UV water purification can keep water safe throughout the year. Can a UV System Treat My Whole Home? UV systems can be used as a whole-house purification system. Before installing the system you should have your lines professionally cleaned. If you skip this step water will be re-contaminated from the lines after the system has been installed. Sterilization is simple with a chemical solution like chlorine. Not sure where to start? Contact Mid Atlantic Water for assistance! UV Water Purification System Installation and Maintenance from Mid-Atlantic Water If you are ready to upgrade the water purification systems that you use in your home or business give Mid-Atlantic Water a call today at 800-460-5810.

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