How Does UV Disinfection Work?
Water flows through a chamber where it is exposed to ultraviolet light. This UV exposure destroys microbes that may be present in the water.
The four main components of a UV system are:
- The reactor chamber (houses the UV lamp and sleeve)
- The UV lamp (bulb)
- The sleeve (protects the UV lamp from the flow of water)
- The controller unit/ballast (control for UV system)
UV lamps require yearly replacement (just the lamp, not the whole system). At that time, it is also a good idea to check the sleeve for mineral build up or clouding. Since the UV light must shine through the sleeve in order to reach the water, it is important for it to stay clear. The sleeve can be cleaned using a mineral removal product. If the sleeve cannot be fully cleared of build up, it is important to replace it at that time