What Exactly is Ultraviolet Sterilization?

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what-exactly-is-ultraviolet-sterilizationThere is more than just one way to sterilize water. You may think that one of those ways is simply to heat the water to the boiling point, thus removing all of the harmful pathogens and microbes, right? While boiling water does eliminate most harmful microbes, it is not very energy efficient and it doesn’t completely eliminate everything. In fact, to truly sterilize water, more needs to be done.

To have the utmost confidence that the water you’re consuming or using is completely sterile, UV sterilization is an effective option to consider. Municipal water systems will often opt for the use of chlorine to do this, and chlorine does serve a good purpose especially for water that is considered ‘public use’, like a swimming pool or Jacuzzi.

For some children, the elderly, those with compromised immune systems, waterborne bacteria can be seriously dangerous. This means that relying on UV sterilization is a good choice in the fight against sickness due to contaminated water.

Adding UV sterilization systems to a household is a fairly straightforward process. All that is needed is a pre-treatment system to filter the water first, then UV sterilization can take it from there. The addition of UV sterilization ensures that water is as close to 100% sterilized as possible, even though it should be noted that complete sterilization is not ever going to be achievable outside of a laboratory setting. Some of the harmful pathogens that are removed by UV sterilization include:

  • Salmonella
  • Hepatitis
  • E. coli
  • Giardia
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Even more!

UV sterilization should be considered as an add-on to existing water filtration and distribution systems, it is not meant to be a sole solution for purifying or sterilizing water. If you have questions about how UV sterilization might work in your own home, contact the LeverEdge to learn more.

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