Published: August 12, 2014

    UCLA Major Water Line Break Highlights Importance of Home Water Filtration

    NPR reported July 30 that a 90 year-old water main broke at the University of California, Los Angeles, spilling up to 10 million gallons of water. The leaking water flooded out of the broken line and damaged many buildings, with a newly renovated track and field facility suffering extensive damage.

    This fiasco is an example of the aging infrastructure around the US: Old water mains are often 50 years old or more. When one of these lines breaks, a community’s water supply can be contaminated and no longer safe to drink.

    Events such as this are the reason why localities around the country often issue a boil water alert. When pressure is lost in the water line and contaminants may have breached the system, a boil alert requires water to be boiled at 212 F for at least one minute before drinking.

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    Given that water boil alerts are so frequent with the aging US infrastructure, we are reminded again of just how important filtering water is at home. With the addition of a UV disinfection system at home, your family can enjoy cleaner, purer water, even in the event of a boil alert.

    A UV disinfection system from Pelican Water will destroy 99.9% of harmful microorganisms in the water supply, including e. coli, cryptosporidium and giardia. It uses environmentally friendly ultraviolet light to disinfect your water and to remove any damaging effective of microbial and chemical contamination.

    Specifically, the UV light penetrates and changes the DNA of any harmful microorganisms in the water; this process is known as thymine dimerization. After the UV light does its work, the microorganisims are rendered inactive and can no longer hurt humans. A UV disinfection system is one of the surest ways to ensure that your water is as pure and clean as possible.

    Another way to purify and improve the quality of your water is to install a Pelican Premium Carbon Filtration System. This whole house water filtration system features a 5-micron pre-filter system that removes harmful debris from the water down to 5 microns.

    This system also has Granular Activated Carbon Medias, which contain coconut-shell based activated carbons. These environmentally friendly filters remove hundreds of contaminants from your water.

    Together, a Pelican UV disinfection system and a carbon filtration system will provide you with the peace of mind of cleaner, purer water…no matter the state of the infrastructure in your area.