Published: January 26, 2015

    Microbes in Your Water and How a UV Filter Can Help

    We all want clean, safe drinking water, yet municipal water treatment doesn’t always get the job done. In response, home filtration systems are rising in popularity, as more and more people seek to eliminate toxic metals, chemicals, and pesticides from their home’s water. Unfortunately, because they’re so small, dangerous microorganisms can sometimes slip through even the best filters and cause everything from gastrointestinal problems to life-threatening illnesses. To help us understand these risk in an informative way Pelican Water has made a short lighthearted cartoon video to explain the risk we may face on a daily basis.

    A Simple, Cost-effective Solution

    Because they thrive in water, pathogenic organisms are a major threat to human health. Fortunately, you can eradicate 99.9 percent of these organisms with an ultraviolet (UV) water purification system. Naturally emitted by the sun and invisible to the eye, UV light effectively kills molds, bacteria, water-borne viruses and pathogenic microorganisms, such as cryptosporidium and giardia. In fact, UV light is so effective, it even kills resilient organisms such as the hepatitis virus, which is highly resistant to chlorine-treated water.

    How it Works

    Most ultraviolet water purification systems emit UV light at an output of approximately 254 nanometers, producing enough radiation to destroy a microorganism’s DNA. Since the radiation has no effect on the water, it remains 100 percent safe to drink—made even safer by the removal of any potentially threatening virus, bacteria, or mold particles.

    Mounted in front of the flow chamber, the UV system bathes the water in UV light as it passes through, effectively destroying harmful microbes. Whether it’s bacteria, a mold spore, or a virus that causes Hepatitis, Gastroenteritis, Typhoid, Cholera or the flu, the organism is rendered harmless by the clean and simple power of light.

    The Many Benefits

    In addition to providing obvious health benefits, UV filtration is also especially cost-effective. Modern home systems are quite affordable, and most consume about as much electricity as a 60-watt light bulb. More importantly, UV filters introduce no chemicals into the water. In turn, they have no impact on color or taste, and they produce no potentially harmful byproducts. They’re also easy to maintain, easy to install, and won’t damage plumbing or septic tanks. If you want help understanding which Pelican UV System is right for your home, call a Pelican Water Specialist today on 1 877-842-1635, they will only be too willing to help.