RYE BROOK, N.Y. — Dec. 2, 2015 — The California Water Board’s Division of Drinking Water (DDW) has approved ultraviolet (UV) disinfection technology from Xylem, offering a new option for expanding water reuse in the state after four years of drought, according to a press release.

The water technology company said on Wednesday that its Wedeco Duron UV disinfection system has received conditional acceptance from the DDW, making it the first UV disinfection system with an inclined lamp array to be available in California for water reuse, noted the release.

Alongside cutting water consumption, reusing wastewater is one of the most effective ways of combating water shortages. According to Xylem, the technology available today produces high-quality water at a lower life-cycle cost than developing a new water supply. It is also designed to deliver a resilient, drought-resistant water source with economic and environmental benefits.

The UV system combines intelligent control with advanced UV lamp and ballast technology, ensuring the correct dose and reducing energy consumption by up to 30 percent compared with conventional open channel UV systems, stated the release.

Water disinfected by the  system meets the highest standards as required by Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations for recycled water, the company said in the release.

“The Wedeco Duron UV disinfection system is now available to help California address water shortages related to the prolonged drought by cost-efficiently providing purified water for drinking purposes,” commented Kirsten Meyer, product manager at Xylem, in the release. “The Duron UV system provides substantial energy savings compared with conventional systems due to its overall efficiency and adaptability to changing operating conditions, making it an ideal solution to help create a sustainable water supply in California.”

You can find the entire release here.