How to Remove Viruses from Water
The global coronavirus pandemic has brought attention to the danger of viral infections. It’s made many of us wonder, “How can I protect myself from something that I can’t see?” Purifying your water is one step you can take to protect yourself.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly a million people die from drinking contaminated water every year. A number of those deaths are from illnesses caused by water-borne viruses. While COVID-19 is not believed to be water-borne, many other dangerous viruses are.
What Viruses are Spread by Water?
You might be shocked to learn that the most common viruses spread through water in the U.S. are norovirus and rotavirus. You might have thought that these viruses are only spread by food since they are known to cause food poisoning. They can be spread by water as well as food. Both of these viruses cause diarrheal symptoms that can lead to severe dehydration and fatality if your lost fluids and electrolytes aren’t replaced.
These aren’t the only viruses that have been spread through our water. Many other water-born viruses have been found in the U.S. The list includes Hepatitis A and E, SARs, Typhoid, meningitis, gastroenteritis, and conjunctivitis. While water treatment plants in the U.S. are successful at removing many of these viruses from municipal water supplies, they can still find their way into your tap water.
How Can I Remove Viruses from Water?
Installing an Ultraviolet Light (U.V.) water filtration system is the simplest solution. Boiling water is another effective method to kill viruses, but it is far more time-consuming. A UV water filter does the work for you. It can kill 99.9% harmful microorganisms (viruses, cysts, bacteria) in water. No wonder the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ‘s website recommends it.
If you are planning to get a U.V. water filter, keep in mind that it will not be as effective if your water is cloudy or has sediment in it. That’s why water treatment experts recommend pairing it with another type of filter that removes sediment and other impurities.
How do Ultraviolet Light Water Filters work?
U.V. water filters are a popular option to purify water because they are effective, low maintenance, and environmentally friendly. Instead of harsh chemicals, this filtration system uses UV-C light. Just as UV-C light can be harmful to humans, it is detrimental to living microorganisms like viruses. As water passes through the filter, a U.V. light shines on it, neutralizing any microorganisms in it.
Are you wondering if your water may need U.V. filtration? You can find out by having your water tested. Tri-Florida Water Treatment offers free, in-home water analysis. Knowing what is in your water can give you peace of mind. It will also help you to select the best water treatment and purification option for your home.
Tri-Florida Water Treatment and Purification serves residents through Lakeland, Winter Haven, along with the rest of Polk County, Florida. Give us a call if you’d like to learn more or set up a free consultation!