For many decades, we have heard a lot about ultraviolet (UV) light and the danger it poses to human beings when they have great exposure to it. It is well-known, for example, that UV light from the sun can have an adverse effect on skin cells, leading to a higher incidence of skin cancer and accelerating the skin’s natural aging process. Indeed, it is important not to prolong one’s exposure to UV rays from the sun and to wear sunscreen if you are going to be outside for a long time.
The fact that UV light can harm human skin has a bright side, however. That is because the same UV rays that hurt skin cells can also be used for water purification. Ultraviolet water purification, in fact, is commonly used in homes and in industrial applications to make water cleaner and safer to drink. At Water Filters Fast, we sell many UV water purification devices that use the ultraviolet spectrum to kill microorganisms and remove other pathogens from your drinking water.
How Does UV Water Treatment Work?
UV water treatment systems make use of a portion of the UV spectrum that rarely occurs in nature but is deadly to cellular function for a host of viruses and other organisms. An ultraviolet water treatment device has a lamp that emits the UV light to which the water is exposed. Essentially, UV light harms the DNA of microorganisms, making them unable to perform certain functions, eventually causing them to die or be rendered harmless to human beings. Organisms that can be successfully killed or made harmless through UV light water treatment include viruses, mold, bacteria, and many others.
When bacteria-laden water is treated with a UV water purification device, bacteria are made unable to reproduce, which freezes the count of bacteria in the water and ensures that it will decline because no bacterial reproduction means no new bacteria to take the place of the ones that die off. Moreover, many ultraviolet water treatment methods can remove trace amounts of chemicals from the water.
Ultraviolet light water treatment is effective only against microorganisms and does not remove particulate matter from the water. That is why those who are considering an ultraviolet water purification system should choose one that also includes a more traditional filter that removes sand and other sediment from the home water supply. Coupled with such a traditional filter, UV water treatment can render your water supply cleaner and clearer.
What Are the Advantages of UV Water Purification?
UV light water treatment has many advantages, not the least of which is that it kills harmful microorganisms without having to add any unwanted chemicals to the water. Municipalities that use it can typically decrease the amount of chlorine that they add to the water. Moreover, one of the main goals of home water purification is to get the poor-tasting chemicals out of the water, so if you want to kill bacteria and other pathogens without using any extra chemical substances, ultraviolet light water treatment is definitely one of the best options that you can choose.
Many people also choose UV water treatment systems because they rapidly and efficiently cleanse the water that passes through them. Other filtration systems take longer to process the water and make it better for consumption, but UV water treatment only requires a few seconds exposure of the light to the water in order for it to be effective.
Are There Any Disadvantages to Ultraviolet Water Treatment?
Because chemicals are not used in purifying water with UV rays, there are relatively few disadvantages to using UV light water treatment. Of course, too much exposure to UV rays can be harmful for human beings, as noted above, so the main disadvantage is any risk that might arise from being too close to the UV light rays. Fortunately, the UV water treatment systems sold here at Water Filters Fast all have shielded lights that make any exposure extremely unlikely, much less prolonged exposure. If you have any questions about the safety of the UV water treatment device you are interested in, our customer service team will be happy to answer any questions you might have about it. We want you to feel safe when you use an ultraviolet water purification system, so we have made operational safety one of our chief aims in using this water purification method.
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