The process of disinfecting water can be traced back hundreds of years when it was believed water should be exposed to the sun and often filtered through charcoal. Since then, and after much research we have more accurate, safer methods of disinfecting water. Our modern methods ensure it is clean and able to be consumed or used in such tasks as cooking or washing.
In this post, we will look at various disinfection techniques such as UV water treatment and explain why these discoveries were vital to how we live today.
Why is disinfection so important?
In untreated water there a multitude of potentially deadly bacteria which can cause serious harm if consumed. These include hepatitis A and E. coli. Another once common illness which was connected to contaminated water is cholera. Although this is non-existent in the UK now thanks to treatment plants it can still be found occasionally in 3rd world countries where water is not disinfected.
Without disinfection processes such as UV water treatment, our water would have the potential to make us extremely ill and, in many cases, could even be fatal for us. Therefore, it is essential we have disinfection processes in place.
How do we disinfect water?
There are many different disinfection techniques that water can go through to make it safe. One common technique used in many different countries is the addition of chlorine. The chlorine is added in a small dose which kills off any bacteria lying dormant in the water. However, this process comes with its own risks. In small doses, chlorine isn’t bad for our health but if the levels are too high this can cause serious health issues. As well as this, chlorine can give drinking water a metallic taste which can be unpleasant.
Another common disinfection process which comes with fewer risks is UV disinfection. This process involves using high beams of UV or ultraviolet rays aimed at the water. The UV rays then deactivate the part of the bacteria which can harm us. This is one of the most effective water treatments as there is no risk to our health and the UV water treatment doesn’t affect the colour, taste, or smell of the water.
Where is UV disinfection used?
This type of water treatment is used in all different areas and industries. It is used in hospitals to ensure every surface and instrument is sanitary and the water is sterilised, and it can even be used in pools and taps to ensure the water is fully disinfected. UV water treatment can be used in most situations which require clean water. It is the least invasive of water treatments and has no harmful effects on humans or animals. We have written a post which goes into more detail about what UV filtration is which you can read here.
At UVO3, we know how important it is to have a water disinfection system which you can trust, and rely on, without worrying about using too many chemicals or substances that may change the taste or affect the human body. With our UV water treatments, you can rest assured the water will be fresh, and more importantly free of harmful bacteria so you can focus on the important things in life.
We support all businesses, big and small and offer a selection of filters for households at consumer level as well. Whatever scale of UV water filtration you are looking for we can help advise on the best solution for you.
Contact us today to find out more about UV water treatment and how we can help you keep your water clean with no negative side effects.