Ultraviolet disinfection is a means of killing or rendering harmless microorganisms in a dedicated environment. These microorganisms can range from bacteria and viruses to algae and protozoa. UV disinfection is used in air and water purification, sewage treatment protection of food and beverages, and many other disinfection and sterilization applications. A major advantage of UV treatment is that it is capable of disinfecting water faster than chlorine without cumbersome retention tanks and harmful chemicals. UV treatment systems are also extremely cost efficient!
Ultraviolet disinfection systems are mysterious to many people - how can "light" kill bacteria? But the truth is it can. Ultraviolet (UV) technology has been around for 50 years, and its effectiveness has been well documented both scientifically and commercially. It is nature's own disinfection/purification method. With consumers becoming more concerned about chlorine and other chemical contamination of drinking water, more dealers are prescribing the ultraviolet solution suitable for both small flow residential applications as well as large flow commercial projects.
Ultraviolet (UV) rays are part of the light that comes from the sun. The UV spectrum is higher in frequency than visible light and lower than x-rays. As a water treatment technique, UV is known to be an effective disinfectant due to its strong germicidal (inactivating) ability. UV disinfects water containing bacteria and viruses and can be effective against protozoans like, Giardia lamblia cysts or Cryptosporidium oocysts.
UV water purifier disinfects or cleans water without the use of heat or any chemical additives. Ultraviolet water purification is an EPA approved technology and can help protect your family against waterborne disease. There are a number of factors that combine to make ultraviolet radiation an excellent means to purify water. Ultraviolet radiation kills microbes by delivering concentrated amounts of ultra violet rays to reproductive mechanism of the microbe. As water passes through an ultra violet chamber, the water is disinfected instantly.
UV is different from chlorine in disinfecting water. Chlorine reacts with naturally-occurring organic matter in water and forms chloroform, which is a carcinogen. Not to mention, chlorine leaves behind a foul taste and smell to water. Ultra violet water purifiers leave behind only clean, fresh tasting and smelling water and they do this without chemicals.
Ultraviolet water purifiers are an excellent choice for the homeowner who wants either a whole-home system or simply a purifier that hooks up to the kitchen sink. Both versions are reported to effectively kill the bacteria and make our water safer to drink.