Ultraviolet water sterilization is a process by which the threat of microorganisms and other biological contaminants, which are present in municipal water supplies and private sources (like wells), can be effectively nullified through exposure to a specialized ultraviolet bulb. How does it work? Sterilization systems which employ ultraviolet radiation operate on a few simple principles. First, a UV source, which is usually as simple as a specialized light bulb, is placed inside a reflective quartz sleeve. This sleeve is placed over a flow chamber which exposes all water passing through the system to a unique, specially determined germicidal wavelength of 254 nanometers. Microorganisms present in the water absorb the “UV-C” radiation, which effectively eradicates their DNA structure, rendering them sterile. Treated water is usually then sent to a standard filtration system before it is deemed safe to drink. What are the advantages of UV sterilization? UV sterilization units offer many advantages over other methods of addressing microbiological contaminants in drinking water. Because this method does not make use of chemicals, it does not change the taste or pH of the water. Consequently, treating drinking water with ultraviolet radiation cannot harm plumbing or septic systems. As the systems do not make use of chemicals, the only ongoing cost associated with UV sterilization is energy consumption which is generally low; most units require about the same amount of energy used by a standard 60 watt light bulb. In addition, most UV sterilization units are extremely easy to install and maintain. Who can benefit for UV water sterilization? In short, anyone concerned with the microbiological content of their water can make use of a UV sterilization system. Units vary in size from small and portable enough to be taken on camping trips, to large enough to handle the entire water supply of an average-sized house, to even bigger still, with entire water treatment plants making use of the technology. If you’re thinking of incorporating UV sterilization into your present water purification system, call FilterPure Systems, Inc at 1-800-942-7873. Our team members are happy to answer any questions you may have concerning your specific application.