Published: July 29, 2019

    Why You Should Consider a UV System

    In order to protect the public from common bacteria, viruses, and contaminants, most water utilities treat their water with either chlorine or chloramines and a few other basic water filtration techniques.

    However, some organisms and microbial contaminants can resist these treatment methods and endanger anyone who drinks infected water supplies. That’s where UV filtration makes all the difference.

    West Palm Unveils Citywide UV Water Filtration System

    The city of West Palm Beach in Florida had a drought so severe that it almost led to the city running out of water in 2011. Since then, city officials have invested in overhauling the water infrastructure to provide safe drinking water to its residents while putting measures in place to prevent a similar situation from occurring again.

    Last month city officials announced the completion of a state-of-the-art, $24 million ultraviolet water filtration system that will be used to treat public drinking water at the water treatment plant. The plant has also added a powdered activated carbon basin to remove algae and particulates from the Great Lake reservoir.

    Over 120,000 people will benefit from the new system, which will neutralize harmful bacteria and viruses that standard treatment methods do not address. The system can treat up to 47 million gallons of water per day by running the water through ultraviolet light. City officials fast-tracked the UV system after a string of contamination incidents led to multiple boil water alerts around 2005.

    Why Is UV Water Filtration Important?

    If you live in an area where boil water notices are common or if you draw water from a private well you can treat your water for cysts, bacteria, and viruses by using UV filtration. UV systems expose your water to ultraviolet light. This alters the DNA of contaminants like E. Coli, cryptosporidium, and giardia so they cannot reproduce.

    By stopping these viruses and bacteria in their tracks, UV treatment is one of the leading methods of preventing your family from contracting illnesses when they drink your tap water. UV treatment does not impact your water’s taste or odor, ensuring that your family enjoys clean, tasty water year-round.

    Should I Buy a Whole House UV Water Filter?

    By installing a UV filter system at your water’s point-of-entry (POE), you can protect you and your family from viral and bacterial infections. There are several types of UV water filtration systems you can consider based on your budget.

    Pelican UV Systems kill 99.9% of microorganisms while using no more power than a 40-watt light bulb. Pelican UV systems are NSF-certified and independently tested for guaranteed water disinfection. The most basic model starts at less than $600 so you can start drinking pure water worry-free right away.

    Looking for a comprehensive water filtration solution? Pelican Whole House Water Filters with UV will filter the water entering your home for common contaminants like chlorine and chloramine with the added benefit of UV water purification. Browse our options and find out what the best UV filter is for your home on our UV filtration page.