BIRMINGHAM — In the article, “Waterborne disease prevention through proper applied knowledge,” featured in a previous issue of Water Technology, we discuss how dealers can help business owners and homeowners understand pathogens that may be present in their water and the most common treatment options available.

For all residential and commercial customers looking to minimize risk of consuming and being exposed to disease-causing organisms in water, there are several various treatment solutions available in the market.

In the article, one water expert breaks down some of the most common treatment options:

  • Chlorination, while probably the most common form of water treatment, many harmful bacteria are chlorine-resistant. Standard chemical disinfection, whether through municipal water treatment or private wells, won’t necessarily protect you against some of the more common disease-causing bacteria, such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium.
  • RO can be effective in removing many bacteria and viruses from water, but not all, since some are small enough that they aren’t caught in the filtration membrane. Bacteria can also buildup on the membrane, and if there’s a rupture, a large dose of potentially harmful bacteria will be dumped into your water. Adding a UV system in conjunction with an RO system would be better water security.
  • UV purification is a safe, chemical-free option for water purification that destroys 99.99 percent of bacteria and viruses. As the water passes through the chamber containing the UV lamp, harmful bacteria are exposed to lethal doses of UV light and rendered harmless.

You can find the entire article on treating pathogens in water here.