Tuesday, 23 October 2012

UV Disinfection in the Bottling Plant and Water Coolers

The advantages of UV disinfection are well-known, for example, there are no by-products, the taste and smell of the water remains neutral, UV radiation is non-corrosive and very effective against parasites and protozoa.

The discovery that UV inactivates Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts has given greater emphasis to the role of UV. Its applications extend beyond potable water to municipal waste water, swimming pools, water features, industrial cooling circuits and industrial process water.

However, an important criterion is the method of generation of UV. There are two main types of UV lamp - low pressure and medium pressure. The low pressure lamp disrupts the DNA in the cell and prevents cell reproduction. Unfortunately, the other proteins and enzymes are not destroyed. The proteins and enzymes are capable of repairing the DNA, particularly in the presence of light, so that disinfection is not complete.

Medium pressure lamps, on the other hand, destroy proteins, DNA and enzymes, so that disinfection is complete. The table below gives a summary of the performance of the two types of lamp.
Low pressure lamps have a high efficiency, low power consumption, are easy to apply and ideal for small flows. Medium pressure lamps are compact, powerful, with an efficiency independent of water temperature and with no possibility of photoreactivation of micro-organisms.

An indication of the UV spectral emission curves of the two types of lamp are shown in the diagrams below.

1 comment:

  1. UV provides water purification without the use of the harmful chemicals. It is non corrosive and effective against the germs and better than chlorine.
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