UV water disinfection
UV water disinfection of private pools and spas is a chemical-free method of killing microorganisms by shortwave ultraviolet light. To ensure a safe and pleasant pool environment without using strong disinfection chemicals, ultraviolet water purification destroys organic pollutants instantly as the water passes through the treatment chamber. The ultraviolet sterilization systems for private pools are particularly suitable for users who are sensitive to the usual swimming pool disinfectants, heavy metals from ionic purifiers or allergic to chlorine.
UV water purification advantages:
- More pleasant bathing in a very low chemical environment
- Dramatically reduced chemical dosing (50% or more) and chemical costs
- Possibility of zero-chlorine bathing, using peroxide disinfectants
- Unrivalled protection against contamination in swimming pool filter media
- Safety-net protection against loss of chemical dosing – real life tests with no dosing for a month proved the pool water still stayed fresh
- Instantaneous water disinfection at every pass
- Very low power consumption
- Economical swimming pool treatment – low purchase and running costs
Where Did UV Sanitizers Get Their Start?
The UV light spectrum was discovered with the identification of light waves. Scientists have known for almost a century that UV is a powerful neutralizer of algae, bacteria and viruses. UV sanitizer technology was first used to sterilize drinking water over 30 years ago. Research has proven the optimal ultraviolet wavelength to destroy microorganisms is between 250 and 270 nm. Ultraviolet disinfection gained popularity in drinking water and wastewater disinfection about 10 years ago. Now ultraviolet sanitizers disinfect a significant percentage of all drinking and wastewater. The big news is that New York City has designed the world’s largest drinking water facility, capable of treating two billion gallons per day. New York will install twelve-thousand ultraviolet lamps – the same type of lamps found in SpectraLight UV sanitizers.
Side Note from Red Square Pools
The primary purpose of UV lights is to remove excess combined chlorine (CC), normally only an issue on indoor pools. Properly installed UV lights will help reduce algae but can’t possibly eliminate algae on their own. Likewise they can provide some assistance in sanitizing the pool, but can never sanitize the pool on their own. UV lights only affect the water passing through them. The bulk of the water remains in the pool at any given moment and is thus not protected.
You have to have some sanitizer in the bulk pool water or the water is not safe to swim in. The only three EPA approved sanitizers are chlorine, bromine, and baquacil. Chlorine is usually the best choice. Bromine is good for hot tubs because it is more stable than chlorine at high temperatures. Baquacil is rather expensive and many people using baquacil report major problems after the first year or two.
Contact Red Square Pools for details of how we can help you to simplify pool maintenance, minimize chemical usage and save your money.Red Square Pools (702) 530-7331 email@example.com