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Ultraviolet Water Disinfection: The Final Barrier Solution

Ultraviolet Water Disinfection the Final Barrier Solution

Ultraviolet water purification has become the most widely-accepted form of “final barrier” water treatment because UV can destroy 99.99% of waterborne microorganisms.

The U.S. water supply is arguably one of the cleanest in the world. But recent studies have found that despite treatment at U.S. municipal water plants, contaminants are still being found in water entering homes. A 2009 report issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warned that “threats to drinking water are increasing” and that “we can no longer take our drinking water for granted.”

Three Reasons Why Contaminants May be in Your Water Post Treatment

Even with the Safe Water Drinking Act and increased environmental awareness, millions of Americans still drink unsafe tap water each day unknowingly.

1. Aging Infrastructure: After water is treated at your local municipal treatment plant, water often travels through miles of piping before reaching your home. Leaching pipes and corrosion are common culprits in introducing contaminants to the water stream. The EPA estimates that to fix the problem by repairing or replacing the aging water infrastructure would cost nearly $335 billion. And this won’t happen anytime soon.

2. Lack of Regulation: There are 60,000 chemicals used in the U.S. Yet, The Safe Water Drinking Act only dictates regulation for 91 of those contaminants. This means any of those 59,909 chemicals (not on the EPA list) could show up in our water and be completely undetected–including pharmaceuticals, pesticides, herbicides, disinfection by-products, and more. A Harvard study conducted in 2016 found unsafe levels of industrial chemicals in the drinking water of 33 states affecting six million people.

3. Main Breaks and More: Each year, there are more than 240,000 water main breaks in the United States, not to mention power outages, backflow contamination or loss of pressure. When these incidents happen, contamination can occur and “Boil Water Notices” are issued. Unfortunately, boil water alerts are many times overlooked or residents simply don’t get word of the advisory.

The three above-mentioned reasons are enough to make many people concerned about what’s in their drinking water and to seek a purification solution.

The Final Barrier Solution: Ultraviolet Water Disinfection

Waterborne pathogens cannot be removed 100% of the time with conventional water treatment methods. Thus, solutions for “final barrier treatment” have become the topic of much discussion. In simple terms, a water purification system is used to provide a “final barrier” to protect residential and commercial drinking water prior to use or consumption.

Ultraviolet (UV) water purification is the most widely accepted form of “final barrier” treatment. Even if corroding pipes introduce contaminants or your neighborhood is on a boil water alert, a whole-house ultraviolet system is one way to ensure your water is safe from harmful microorganisms, and give your household peace of mind.

What Can UV Remove?

UV is a safe, chemical-free way to treat water and is effective in destroying 99.99 percent of harmful microorganisms, including:

  • BacteriaUltraviolet Water Purification
  • coli
  • Viruses
  • Giardia
  • Typhoid Fever
  • Polio
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Coliform
  • Salmonella
  • Cholera & more

 

Nine Benefits of Ultraviolet Water Purification

1. Cost Effective: water treatment can be expensive. But UV is a cost-effective way to have safe, bacteria-free water in the home.
2. Low Maintenance: Changing the UV lamp once a year is typically all that is required.
3. Powerful Filtration: A UV water disinfection system destroys 99.99% of viruses, bacteria and cysts.
4. Energy Efficient: Only uses as much power as a 40-watt light bulb.
5. Entire Home Treated: A UV system will treat all the hot and cold water entering your home.

6.Quick: Some filtration methods require time for chemicals to work or holding tanks. UV purifies the water instantly as water flows under the UV light.
7. Taste & Odor: Chemical disinfection methods change the taste and odor of water, but ultraviolet does not.
8. Clean & Safe: With UV, there’s no handling of chemicals.
9. Reliable: UV works around the clock, 24/7 to consistently keep your water safe.

To learn more about UV final defense barrier and get pricing on a system for your home or business, let us put you in touch with an authorized WaterTech dealer near you.

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What Type of Soap Should I Use with a Water Softener?

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When high-efficiency (HE) laundry washers were introduced a few years back, many consumers suddenly began paying more attention to the laundry soap they were buying. High efficiency machine manufacturers warned that using “regular” laundry soap rather than an “HE detergent” could void the machine’s warranty.

So what about a water softener system? Does it matter what type of soap is used after a water softener or conditioner is installed?
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When Scary Isn’t Cool: Scare Tactics in the Water Treatment Industry

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When it comes to water, there is plenty of scary news about water-related issues. For example, in May 2014, 670,000 Oregonians were advised to boil their water after testing revealed the presence of E. coli. Then a few months later, more than 400,000 residents in Toledo, Ohio were told not to consume, cook with or even boil their water after a toxin called microcystin was found in the water supply.

Some in the water treatment industry pounce on these scenarios, using “scare tactics” to sell their systems. Here are four ways to avoid being pushed into a purchase when it comes to water treatment products.
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Seven Ways to Conserve Water

7 Ways to Conserve Water

The drought in California is now entering its fourth year. Since the summer of 2011, rainfall seasons have had precipitation levels far below normal, and winter snowfall, which feeds many reservoirs, has been inadequate. Most cities throughout California have deficits of at least one full year of rainfall, and some cities are close to deficits of two years’ worth of rain. 

Even if two years of higher-than-average rainfall occur, it’s doubtful the state could fully recover from the drought in that time period. Reservoirs are low, farmland lies fallow, and 2014 is shaping up as the driest year on record since 1977

Learning to conserve water at home is important during severe droughts like the one in California, but there are other reasons to avoid using water in the home when it’s not necessary. For one thing, it can lead to lower water bills every month. And it’s not difficult to conserve water. Simply turning off the tap while brushing your teeth can save over 100 gallons of water per month. Here are seven other ways you can conserve water at home.
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Can Ebola Spread Through Water?

Ebola Virus: How it transmitted? Can it spread through water

Update 15 Oct 2014:

Governor Deal of Georgia has been making headlines recently after his comment, “I heard…that water kills the Ebola virus. I’ve never heard that before. I thought it was something that was so contagious there wasn’t much you could do to prevent it or anything else, so her advice was ‘wash your hands.'” (Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal)

Critics are quick to point out that water does NOT kill Ebola. Although research indicates that Ebola won’t live long in water as water is not a very rich medium to host the virus, Ebola is more effectivley “killed” with a chlorine bleach and water solution prescribed on the World Health Organization’s website.

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Water Delivery Service vs. A Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water System

Make Life Simple!

If you’re currently paying for a drinking water delivery service or hauling water jugs home from the store each week…SIMPLIFY LIFE and have a REVERSE OSMOSIS (RO) water filtration system installed.

An RO system can be installed at your kitchen sink in minutes. With a handy water spicket installed at the sink (RO can be tied into your fridge water line, as well) most families find they start drinking more water and less of the high-sugar content expensive drinks.
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How to Clean Hard Water Spots

Tips for Cleaning Hard Water Spots

Do you have extra privacy when showering thanks to beads of hard water that have dried and left your glass shower door clouded? If so, you’ve probably got HARD WATER. You’re not alone—more than 85 percent of US households have hard water.

The scale or mineral deposits from hard water and soap scum often leave annoying spots on shower doors, dishes, and fixtures that are cumbersome and tough to remove. Here are a few tips that might make the laborious task of removing hard water spots a little easier.
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