With many people concerned about water purity, the importance of clean drinking water systems is higher than it perhaps has ever been, but with so many different systems available, it is important for people to research the right system for their individual circumstances.
One of the most unique systems that has emerged in recent years is ultraviolet (UV) water purification, which uses ultraviolet radiation that can eradicate or make various microorganisms harmless by breaking down their DNA.
These include not only bacteria and viruses, but also fungi, algae and protozoa.
UV purification has become a popular sanitisation solution over the past few years but is not only effective for killing viruses on the skin or on surfaces but in water as well.
The primary benefit of UV radiation is that it is safer than chemical purification treatments such as chlorination, and thus avoids any potential issues with taste or potential side effects.
In fact, in certain treatments that use chlorine, UV is often used to remove traces of the chemical after the purification is complete. Due to this lack of chemical use and no need for additional heating, UV systems are consequentially also more environmentally friendly.
It is significantly easier and cheaper to operate, as the process needs almost no supervision, with only minimal upkeep and maintenance required annually to ensure the system is working effectively, reducing costs in the long term.
Beyond this, there is no need to choose one system or another, with UV filtration often used in tandem with other methods such as physical filters or reverse osmosis.
In the end, however, one of the best changes is in taste. Chlorination often alters the taste and smell of water, as most people who have been to a swimming pool can attest to.
UV purification, on the other hand, changes nothing about the state of the water other than destroying any germs in it.