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Alternative Approaches To Effective Water Sanitisation

Whether it’s chemicals, new products or systems such as UV and Ozone, when it comes to the treatment of pool and spa water, there’s now a number of tried and tested low and no chlorine solutions on offer. With options often providing a much gentler wet leisure environment, it’s easy to see why they are increasingly popular and in this issue, we take a closer look at what’s available By Jon Wadeson


or many years, manufacturers within the wet leisure industry were put under pressure to come up with safe and trustworthy pool and spa disinfection solutions that didn’t rely solely on chlorine or bromine for sanitisation. Manufacturers rose to the challenge and there are now many alternative treatments available which do exactly that. Low to no chlorine, it would seem, is the increasingly popular way forward in both domestic and commercial situations and is a welcome option for indoor pools in helping to eradicate unwelcome chemical smells. Chlorine will always have its place in pool sanitation but the alternatives have some great additional benefits and are being widely adopted across the UK and beyond.

SHEDDING LIGHT ON THE DANGERS OF CHEMICALLY RESISTANT MICROORGANISMS After recent events in the UK drinking water industry surrounding chlorine resistant bacteria outbreaks, in particular A recent atg WF installation at Graves Health & Sports Centre in Sheffield

the dangerous waterborne parasite Cryptosporidium, public awareness on water quality and its relation to safety has never been higher. The rise of the luxury swimming pool market and the growth in private leisure centres has seen the demand on operators to provide high quality water and bathing environments become a major priority. As an established method of disinfecting drinking water throughout the world, ultraviolet (UV) treatment is now also widely adopted within the aquatics industry as a cost effective and realistic solution to the issues that come with using heavy doses of chlorine. UV systems protect against chlorine resistant microorganisms and reduce combined chlorine levels, which are the cause of unpleasant smells, red eyes, asthma, contamination from by-products and chemical structural damage. atg UV Technology’s WF range, known as the Wafer due to its ultra-compact footprint, is the most compact UV system available in

the aquatics market today. At around a third of the size of comparative UV systems, with significantly reduced maintenance space and improved performance, it offers easy to install and retrofit solutions that will fit the tightest of plant rooms. Whist the WF range is designed to be the most compact system on the market, its hydraulically optimised design and leading polychromatic lamp technology will also make it one of the most efficient and great performing. As a minimum, the WF range will provide a 99.9% reduction of chlorine resistant microorganisms, such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia. Since its launch, this next generation of UV system design has taken the market by storm, with leisure contractors and operators across the world commenting on its unique design and performance.

THE BENEFITS OF CERTIKIN’S VGE PRO UV-C ARE CRYSTAL CLEAR New for 2017, Certikin is offering the VGE Pro assortment of light commercial UV systems for healthy, clear and safe water. VGE Pro UV-C purifiers are the driving force in an installation. They have the ability to keep the water free of algae, bacteria and fungi. It is essential that the UV-C purifier seamlessly connects to the design and the components used in the filtration installation. By choosing VGE Pro, you choose guaranteed quality for a fair price. Each unit is equipped with: • a 316L stainless steel reactor • a UV-C timer • transparent parts to monitor UV-C light. The VGE Pro UV-C Purifiers are also equipped with the unique Smart Pin Technology. 63-66_SPN_Aug_2017_Alternative_Approach.indd 63

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SPN (Swimming Pool News) August 2017  

Informing the pool and spa industry since 1959. Covering the UK's wet leisure market, SPN (Swimming Pool News) is the UK's longest running a...

SPN (Swimming Pool News) August 2017  

Informing the pool and spa industry since 1959. Covering the UK's wet leisure market, SPN (Swimming Pool News) is the UK's longest running a...