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How Does UV Sterilization Work?

25 April, 2016 (15:17) | Drinking Water, Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions | By: admin

Water is highly susceptible to microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses and protozoa. Typically, if these biological contaminants find their way into your drinking water, you will never know it – until you get sick. Symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, cramps and headaches could be an indication of having ingested contaminated drinking water. While most of our drinking water here in the US is relatively safe and clean, there are certain situations where it can become contaminated; if you have ever lived in an area where there was a “boil water advisory” in effect, it is a pretty sure bet that your water was contaminated by some type of these microorganisms. So how can you protect against this type of biological contamination?

The simplest, low tech solution, is to always boil your water before drinking it, but let’s be honest, that is an unrealistic expectation. A much easier and better option, is to invest in an Ultraviolet (UV) Sterilization Unit for your water system. As the water is exposed to the ultraviolet light, any microorganism that is present in your water will be killed. A UV treatment system works by altering the DNA of the microorganisms so that any viruses, molds, algae, bacteria or other biological contaminants in the water can no longer reproduce, thus eliminating the risk of disease.

Some of the most common water contaminates such as E.coli and Coliform Bacteria are virtually eliminated with a UV sterilization unit, in fact, they are 99% effective against the following microorganisms:

  • Bacteriophage (E. coli)
  • Influenza Virus
  • Leptospira Interrogans (Infectious Jaundice)
  • Hepatitis Virus
  • Salmonella Typhosa (Typhoid Fever)
  • Legionella Pneumophila (Legionnaires’ Disease)
  • Coliform Bacteria
  • Chlorella Vulgaris

A UV water treatment system is an excellent way to control bacterial growth and reproduction of most unwanted biological contaminates. If you are interested in one of Rayne Water’s UV Sterilization Units, you can check out our website www.rayneoffullerton.com/uvsterilization.php or give one of our water professionals a call at 714.871.2442.

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