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What Good Is a UV Water Purifier?

UV-air-purifier-lightWe offer several water treatment system installations in Santa Barbara, CA, such as different types of filters, reverse osmosis systems, and water softeners. We know how to install the purification and filtration system that will target the impurities in your water entering through the municipal supply.

One of the systems we often install is the UV water purifier. Customers often have questions about the usefulness of ultraviolet light for water purification. They want to know what specific purpose it serves and if it’s actually good at its job.

A UV Water Purifier Removes Harmful Organic Pollutants

Among the many dangerous impurities that can seep into your water supply, bacteria and other microorganisms are the most distressing and harmful. These include E. coli, cryptosporidium, and giardia. Bacteria is difficult to remove from water using standard charcoal filters and even reverse osmosis filters. The UV purifier is the best method to cleanse water of bacteria. It is the favored alternative to using chemical disinfectants, which add their own potentially harmful byproducts into the water.

UV purifiers work using lamps that send out rays of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. This radiation is harmful to organic material because it disrupts cellular functions. For example, the UV radiation from the sun can cause your skin to burn. The lights in a UV water purifier are just strong enough to kill the cells of bacteria and other microbes. The cells cannot reproduce either, preventing contamination from spreading.

The Benefits of UV Water Purifiers

A UV water purifier that’s installed correctly can remove 99.99% of the microbes in the water entering your house. It offers other excellent benefits compared to chemical disinfectants:

  • No chemicals: You won’t end up with chlorine or other chemicals in your house. Why install a second purifier to eliminate chemicals another “purifier” is putting in the water?
  • No taste, no odor: UV rays add nothing to the water, only kill microbes. This means the purifier won’t add any unusual odor or unpleasant taste to the water.
  • Energy efficient: You won’t have to expend enormous amounts of power to keep the UV purifier running. It’s the same power as running a 60-watt bulb.
  • Easy maintenance: Once a technician has the UV purifier set up, you won’t have to worry about it other than to change its bulb once a year.
  • Safe for everyone: The UV lights are not harmful to people or pets—and the lights are out of the way.

You Still May Need Other Purifiers and Filters

A UV water purifier may do wonders against organic pollutants, but if water testing shows you have other contaminants such as heavy metals, pesticides, and chemicals, then you’ll need a second purifier to handle those impurities. In most cases, pairing a UV water purifier with a reverse osmosis system will give a home complete water purification.

Arrange today for water testing, and we’ll find out what types of filters/purifiers will give you the clean water your household deserves.

Husted Plumbing serves the Greater Santa Barbara and Ventura County Areas. Schedule water treatment services with us for the best water quality.

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