You buy insurance to protect your car and your home. Doesn’t your family deserve the same protection when it comes to your water?
Today, more than ever, people just like you are concerned about the water in their homes. With all the press about outbreaks of waterborne illnesses, boil water advisories, and water infrastructure issues, keeping your family safe from waterborne illnesses is top of mind – and so it should be.
The challenge is that the quality of your drinking water can change from day-to-day, season to season. Even if your tap water is safe today, contaminants can infiltrate wells and aquifers, and aging infrastructure can lead to an increased risk of contamination. In fact, boil water advisories are becoming more and more common, even in large cities. It’s not surprising you’re concerned. So why not start disinfecting the water coming into your home so that every tap gives protected treated water?
Water disinfection options
Not all water disinfection technologies are created equal. For example, chemicals can be both dangerous to handle and potentially hazardous to the environment – and some waterborne illness-causing microbes are chlorine-resistant. Reverse osmosis wastes on average three gallons of water for every one gallon it purifies, and is no longer recognized as a barrier to microbiological contamination. Filters can improve taste, but they generally don’t treat microbiological contaminants.
There is an option that addresses all of these issues: ultraviolet (UV) disinfection.
How UV works
UV has been used since the early 1900s as a way to eliminate the health threat of microorganisms in water. At VIQUA, we’ve been refining and perfecting the technology for use in homes since the 1970s.
Water is disinfected as it runs through a stainless steel chamber containing a UV lamp. As water flows past the lamp, illness-causing microorganisms receive a lethal dose of UV light that attacks their DNA and eliminates their ability to reproduce. Harmful bacteria, viruses and cysts are inactivated, and your family is safe!
By installing a UV system, you can be confident you’re protected from chlorine-resistant microorganisms, such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia. All water systems can be vulnerable to these microbes given the right conditions. Cryptosporidium is resistant to chlorine and has become a common cause of waterborne disease everywhere.
UV water disinfection is a safe, chemical-free way to treat water. Even chlorine-resistant microorganisms are made harmless through UV exposure. Lack of chemicals means no harmful chemical byproducts are going back into the environment, and the taste of your water is not affected in any way. VIQUA’s UV systems install easily into existing water lines and provide clean, safe water to every tap in your house.
Speak with your local water treatment professional to discuss which home water treatment options are best for your water conditions.