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25Sep2017

How UV Water Treatments Work

UV Water Treatments

UV water treatments, also known as ultraviolet water treatments, are designed to remove harmful pathogens like bacteria and pathogens that can lead to illness from your drinking water.

UV water treatments are capable of destroying 99.99% of harmful microorganisms, which makes them the most effective method of disinfecting water. It is imperative that drinking water is free of contaminants in order to prevent illness. UV water treatments work by exposing harmful bacteria to ultraviolet (UV) rays, ensuring that the water is safe and clean.

Why Choose UV Water Treatments Over Other Methods

There are several different methods that people can use to remove pathogens from their water supply (chemical treatment systems being one such example), but UV water treatments are the leading choice due to the fact that they are safe, free of chemicals, and environmentally friendly.

UV water treatments do not affect the taste or scent of the water. Additionally, UV water treatments are quick, easy to install and economical, further reasons why they are the preferred method of water-cleaning among homeowners. They also don’t cause any damage to plumbing systems or septic tanks.

How UV Water Treatments Work

UV water treatments work by using a mercury vapor lamp (called a germicidal lamp) that exposes microorganisms to UV radiation. The UV light does not destroy the organisms but rather disrupts their DNA and prevents them from reproducing or multiplying.

It is specifically short-wave UV light that is used during this process as short-wave UV light has powerful disinfecting properties, capable of destroying nearly all types of pathogens, from bacteria to fungi to molds, spores and viruses.

Unlike other types of UV light, short-wave UV light does not occur naturally, so the mercury vapor lamp method is used to convert electrical energy to short-wave UV light. As stated above, it’s a highly effective treatment that is capable of destroying 99.99% of harmful organisms.

UV water treatments have several different applications. Not only are they used in residential homes in order to purify drinking water, but they are also used by the untreated water processing plants that handle the water supply. Typically, UV water treatments are also used alongside other types of filtration, such as reverse osmosis.

If you are looking for more information or are interested in UV water treatments, consider Imagine Plumbing. Imagine Plumbing is among Alberta’s premier professional plumbers. Contact us today for more information.

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