Have you noticed how all sorts of high end resorts and hotels have started converting their chlorine pools to salt water? And it’s not just the health and hospitality industry that wants to figure out a way to purify their water without resorting to chemicals. Other industries, including the food and beverage, dairy, aquaculture and municipal drinking water providers need to ensure that the water they use contain no micro-organisms or pathogens of any kind. A company based in Israel, Atlantium has developed what may be one of the first industrial-grade solutions to water micro-organism purification without chemicals.
Using their proprietary Hydro-Optic Disinfection system, Atlantium is able to achieve a uniform distribution of a high intensity ultra-violet light throughout a water sample.
In other words, it is not possible for any micro-organisms to avoid being dosed and destroyed. This is done through two methods:
- Using quartz crystals to ensure that UV rays are lengthened and bounced back and forth repeatedly
- Engineering the hydraulic flow to make sure that water flows in a controlled pattern which can be synchronized to match the UV light distribution.
According to Atlantium, their technology is in use in Europe, in the USA, Asia, the Middle East, and Australia. The Hydro-Optic Disinfection is being adopted by various industries for more than just cost savings (though, not having to use chemicals results in significant cost savings as well as protecting the health and safety of plant staff).
As readers can well imagine, the industries mentioned at the beginning of this post have a lot at stake in controlling for micro-organisms. In the beverage and dairy industries, even the pathogens that don’t have serious health consequences will affect taste, flavour and colour.
Beyond municipal drinking water, the food and beverage and dairy industries, the aquaculture industry is interested in pathogen-free water because high water quality means healthier fish, higher survival and growth rates and a reduction in the use of antibiotics.
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