How LUMINOR can Help - Home Safety
What is safe water?
The safety of the water supply in your home should be the most important issue to a healthy lifestyle. A potable (water that is deemed to be safe to drink) water supply may not be an implied term when it comes to what may be actually coming out of the faucet! Depending on where you may live and what your source of water is will determine its own level of safety. In the end, you, or your family, will be the ones who will consume the water from the tap, wherever that tap may be and in whatever form it may take, and ultimately only you can make the determination as to whether or not you trust the source and are willing to take that drink!
UV & microorganisms
Water may be deemed unsafe (non-potable) for many reasons, however the most likely reason is due to the presence of microbiological contaminants in the water. These contaminants may be in your water supply for many reasons; some of which could be agricultural run-off, malfunctioning septic systems, animal waste, etc. Although microbiological issues such as faecal coliform (E. coli), Cryptosporidium, Giardia Lamblia (Beaver Fever) and many others, may be contaminating your water supply, there is a relatively easy solution to this problem. Bacteriological issues can be solved by a chemical process such as chlorination, or by a physical process such as boiling. Both processes take time to make the water safe as well as use unnecessary energy and in the case of chlorination, the potential creation of disinfection by-products which may in fact be potentially carcinogenic! Another physical treatment method is that of ultraviolet light. UV is safe, easy to use, environmentally friendly, and provides virtually immediate disinfection without altering the taste of the water or imparting any potentially harmful disinfection by-products (DBP's).
Once a UV system is chosen for the home, the question arises as to where to install the system. Although you may only consume the water from one tap, the installation of a point-of-use (POE) UV may only be a wise choice if only one tap exists in the entire dwelling. For homes that have more than one tap, and that includes a bathroom faucet, the installation of a point-of-entry (POE) UV system will be the best choice. Insurance is the main reason for this logic as although you may never drink from that bathroom tap, but what if one of your guests happened to take a drink, or perhaps you brush your teeth and use water for that purpose. Safety and insurance is the prime reason to install a whole home UV system.
Benefits of UV
There are many benefits of using UV as a disinfection system, here are just a few:
- No need to handle potentially dangerous chemicals (chlorine)
- Virtually immediate disinfection (no contact tanks like chlorine)
- Low power consumption
- Environmentally friendly (no disinfection by-products)
- No moving parts to wear out or replace
- UV does not change the taste or odour of the water
- Lower equipment investment verses other disinfection options
- Simple maintenance (with proper pre-treatment)