Aging infrastructure in many cities can lead to an increase in possible contamination. Ultraviolet technology can give peace of mind, knowing that you’re protected from many of the culprits of water contamination. A UV water purification system effectively destroys 99.9% of waterborne microorganisms. In this section, we explore the advantages and disadvantages of ultraviolet, the parts of a UV system, and frequently asked questions about UV water purification.
The advantages of using a UV system are many:
Effective – Destroys 99.99% of microorganisms
Environmentally Friendly –Go green! UV is an environmentally friendly alternative to chlorine disinfection and has no disinfection byproducts
Reliable – works night and day, 24/7, consistently keeping water safe
Quick Process – water flows through the system without need for holding tank or reaction times
Low energy usage – low electrical needs
Conserves water – The UV purification process does not waste any water
Chemical free – no harmful chemicals need to be added
Essentially trouble-free – once installed, annual service is usually all that is required
Safe – no handling of chemicals
Clean – no dirty parts to dispose of
More effective than chlorine or chloramines – especially on some water borne cysts
FDA Approved – one of only 4 methods approved for disinfection by US Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
Taste and odor – Chemical disinfection methods (such as chlorine) change the taste & odor of water and produce byproducts. UV does not.
3M™ Ultraviolet Water Disinfection System, 3MUV-8
The 3M™ Ultraviolet Water Disinfection System sterilizes your home's water supply against harmful microorganisms, bacteria, mold and viruses.
3M Cuno CFSUV-3 UV Water Filtration System
The 3M Cuno CFSUV-3 UV Water Filtration System reduces bacteria and viruses from the water entering your foodservice equipment. This ultraviolet water filtration system features 3/4 inch Male National Pipe Thread (MNPT) inlet and outlet connections.
3M UV Ballast System
The UV controller (UV ballast) is the part of the UV system that controls the electrical output of the lamp, and powers it to produce UV-C light. The 3M UVBLST-1 ballast runs smooth, creates less heat, and is able to handle variances in power supply without shutting down the UV unit.
UV Water Disinfection vs Chlorine