According to the Water Quality Association, more than four out of 10 Americans use a home water treatment unit. Despite the increasing rates, there are still a surprising number of misconceptions that many people take for fact. Here are just a few common myths about home water treatment.
Myth: Bottled water is cheaper than home water purification systems.While this is obviously true in the short run, the cost of consistently having to buy bottled water adds up faster than one might think, not to mention the harmful effects bottled water has on the environment. Whole home water purification systems are a one-time investment that will actually make your water cleaner than any bottled water you could buy at the store. Plus, you’ll no longer have to worry about making pesky bottle returns or losing your deposit. It’s a win-win.
Myth: Whole home water treatments are high-maintenance.While water treatment systems do require a certain level of maintenance, it’s a very small amount. The only real maintenance required is changing the filters, which only has to be done once every few months. The filter changing process is incredibly easy and can be performed by almost anyone. Plus, it’s still less maintenance than having to go buy a pack of heavy water bottles every week and return the empties.
Myth: Only an expert can install a water filtration system.This myth is more understandable, because water filtration technology has grown to become quite advanced over the years. However, the majority of systems certainly don’t require an expert to install. In fact, many UV water filtration systems come with instructions to help you install the system with ease.
Myth: Isn’t a water softener enough?Another common misconception, water softeners only deal with issues having to do with water hardness. They’re installed very similarly to water filtration systems, but unfortunately, they won’t do a thing against other contaminants present in tap water, such as chlorine. However, if the water source is trustworthy and water hardness is the only issue, a water softener may be ideal. But, if your tap water smells or tastes funny, it should be thoroughly tested to determine the issue before buying a suitable water filter.
Ultimately, having a good, clean source of water is essential for living a healthy life. For more information about UV water filtration systems, contact Freshwater Systems.
Because you can’t see, smell or taste harmful microbes in your water, it is important to properly disinfect your water supply. So which is better? UV light or chlorine?
Both constant chlorination and UV disinfection are recognized by authorities like the EPA and Health Canada as effective means of disinfection. UV adoption, though, is on the rise because it is effective against a broader range of microorganisms, including protozoa, like Cryptosporidium and Giardia. It is also a chemical-free, environmentally-friendly solution.
While Chlorine has been used since the early 1900s, UV disinfection (in more primitive terms) has been used for centuries. Once it was discovered that UV wavelengths had germicidal characteristics, that technology was harnessed and turned into the UV water disinfection that we have today.
Ultraviolet light is a sophisticated disinfection solution, but it doesn’t require an overly technical explanation. Light of a specific wavelength is passed through the water, inactivating any pathogens that are present. Because they are inactivated, microbes can no longer multiply, which means they can’t cause infection.
For the best results and minimal maintenance, UV systems do require some pre-treatment. At the least, this includes a sediment filter, which is often included with the newer, high quality systems. But for the most part, UV systems require less maintenance than a chlorinator, so you won’t be making countless nuisance service calls that take you away from the business of selling. However, depending on the quality of the water, the quartz sleeve will require periodic cleaning.
This can often be coincided with the annual lamp change. With a managed service schedule, it’s possible to balance service satisfaction and customer loyalty.
For more information on Fresh Water Systems’ UV products, and for an informative video on UV disinfection, click here.
Dental offices are a prime location for a UV system because they need to ensure the quality of water in order to minimize the possibility of infection during dental procedures. UV systems enhance the efficiency and quality of infection-control practices by delaying the formation of bio-films with the plastic tubing that transports water to the dental equipment.
Cottages, Camps, RVs, and Boats
Whether the water source is a lake, a well or an on-board supply, poor water quality can ruin your recreation experience. UV is a chemical-free solution to protect all outdoor enthusiasts.
There is a dangerous misconception in America that the drinking water is always safe, and it is impossible to contract a waterborne illness in the States. This is not always true. Recent flooding in Illinois and Missouri caused health professionals to warn about the presence of Giardia in the drinking water, and a boil alert was issued in late January in Lake Hawea after E. Coli was detected. The drinking water in America is not always safe, and dangerous levels of harmful bacteria and viruses in drinking water cannot always been seen. So what is one way you can protect yourself and your family?
Ultraviolet Light eliminate 99.99% of all dangerous contaminants (like E. Coli and Giardia) that some filters cannot remove, and it is low-cost and environmentally-friendly.
UV treatment does not alter water chemically, and nothing is being added except energy. The sterilized microorganisms are not removed from the water, but they are rendered completely harmless.
UV Light Is Effective
UV disinfection is the only chemical-free, environmentally-friendly way of effectively inactivating 99.99% of microorganisms found in drinking water. Disinfection through a UV system is immediate, with no chlorination by-products created.
UV Light Is Simple
If you purchase a UV system, you only need to replace the lamp once a year and ensure that the quartz sleeve is kept clean. Installation is simple with two water connections and one electrical connection.
Watch this video provided by Fresh Water Systems for more information on why UV is right for you.
UV Light Will Make Boil Advisories A Worry Of The Past
Municipal water is disinfected at the water treatment plant but what happens the water gets contaminated while traveling to your home? Municipal infrastructure is aging, and water main breaks and leaks are becoming more common. If water can get out of those pipes, contaminants can get in.
Whether you don’t trust your town or city’s infrastructure, you have your own private source of well water, or your town or city issues a boil advisory, having a UV system installed in your home will protect you and your family from harmful bacteria in your drinking water.
UV Light Is Safer Than Chemicals
Chlorine to clean your drinking water? That just doesn’t seem safe or healthy. Chlorine has been widely used for public water treatment in the USA since the early 1900’s, which speaks to the fundamental need for disinfection to protect health. But in recent years, Americans have become increasingly concerned about residual chlorine finding its way into their drinking water, and more and more consumers are seeking chemical-free solutions like UV Light. It is just as effective as chlorine in removing (or rendering useless) harmful contaminates, and it does not use harsh chemicals.
Is rainwater safe to drink? Using ultraviolet, UV light, can be used to design your very own rain water harvesting system that disinfection drinking water for your home or business.
The gathering of rain water for human needs is as old as civilization itself. With the current trend towards sustainability, you may be interested in the ways that rain water might be “harvested” as an alternative to relying solely on municipal resources. For the homeowner, rainwater harvesting can range from simply collecting water in a barrel for taking care of plants to a full-fledged independent water supply for washing and even drinking. But is water from the heavens safe to drink?
In general terms, rainwater is distilled by nature in the evaporation cycle and so it comes down free of most contaminants and additives like chlorine. But as it travels through the air and comes in contact with surfaces such as roof tops and gutters it will pick debris and biological contaminants. In most cases these are minimal and can easily be managed. For example, you can use a first-flush diverter that catches debris from the roof in a trap before the clearer water flows into your barrel.
That’s all well and good for garden-use or washing cars, but protecting your family from harmful microorganisms requires proper disinfection of the rainwater. Long-used by well-water owners, an ultraviolet (UV) water disinfection system is a chemical-free way to ensure that your water is safe from biological contaminants.
The water is disinfected by light of a specific wavelength as it passes through a stainless steel chamber. Nothing is added to the water, but any microorganisms present will be rendered harmless. Rainwater is naturally soft and so will not require a softener, although some “polishing,” or added filtering, may be desirable for taste and ultimate particle removal. In fact, the newer, high-quality UV systems often come equipped with both a sediment and carbon filter for just that purpose, which makes installation all the easier.
Maintenance is also easy – just an annual lamp change. It is very important to note that UV lamps do not “burn out” before they lose disinfecting properties, so changing them on schedule is critical to maintain water safety.
Back in 2008 there was a published report by Global Water Intelligence that came to the following conclusion. One of the fastest growing water treatment technologies is UV water disinfection and purification. The water treatment industry uses a high-powered form of UV light called UV-C or “germicidal UV” to disinfect water. UV water disinfection performance is tied to the first laws of Photochemistry where only the light that is absorbed by a molecule can be effective at producing a photochemical change in the molecule. What this means is that in order for UV Water Treatment systems to work the light must be absorbed by the organism(s) in the water. Then the UV light causes damage to the DNA and RNA structure preventing it form being able to replicate itself. UV Water treatment systems are effective in destroying 99.99% of harmful microorganisms, including E. coli, Cryptosporidium, and Giardia.
Municipal water treatment facilities are looking to this new form of water treatment as a viable green alternative for public water treatment. Public officials are looking to avoid water contamination problems with public sources such as the 1993 Cryptosporidium outbreak in Milwaukee, WI. Currently California is leading the charge with UV water treatment implementation. Public elected officials, regional labor leaders, and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) have recently broke ground on what will be California’s largest ultraviolet (UV) water disinfection facility when completed in 2011.