UV – A Shining Light In Water Treatment When it comes to the treatment of water in pools and other wet leisure environments, UV Systems are now an established and effective choice for many scenarios, particularly those in a commercial setting. Their success should come as no surprise as UV provides many benefits, including a large reduction in the use of chlorine. With the wider acceptance of UV comes a wider offering of solutions and this issue, we take a look at the current ultra violet options By Jon Wadeson
V systems work by utilising radiation from UV lamps to inactivate the cells of undesirable organisms by altering the DNA of these harmful bacteria, micro organisms and pathogens. The results are cleaner and safer sanitised pool water and a reduced need for chemical treatment. Now accepted as an effective choice for water treatment, UV systems have come along way over recent years but manufacturers aren’t resting on their laurels. In fact, it seems the complete opposite with plenty of new products and innovations being released over the last 12 months and this issue, we round up just some of the UV options that are available for the season ahead.
LESS IS MORE – THE WORLDS’ MOST COMPACT UV SYSTEM atg UV Technology’s long awaited ‘Wafer’ design was unveiled in October at Piscina & Wellness in Barcelona, and it comes as no surprise that this revolutionary new range has atg UV’s new WF system installed within a UK swimming pool plant room
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already had an enormous impact within the wet leisure industry. The company’s new 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 best performing. As a minimum, the WF range will provide a 99.9% reduction of chlorine resistant microorganisms. Importantly, the WF UV system will provide a reduction in combined chlorine levels, which removes consumer health issues such as unpleasant smells, red eyes, asthma, contamination from by-products and chemical structural damage.
This next generation of UV system design has taken the market by storm, with leisure contractors and operators in the UK and across the world commenting on its unique design and performance: ‘The UV equivalent of the smartphone’ said Simon Whittingham, Managing Director at FT Leisure while Darryl Gleeson, Director at Sterling Hydrotech said it was ‘A revolutionary piece of kit’. Steve Hallam at David Hallam Ltd agrees with atg UV and believes the system is the ‘Next generation for the swimming pool industry’. Operators will also benefit from the inclusion of atg UV’s premium SPECTRA II control system as standard, which includes a wide range of features such as data stream monitoring, process interlocks and programmable set points. A key feature includes variable power stepping from 100% to 50% power at no extra cost, allowing operators to optimise the operational power of their system to match bather loads and pool opening times.
WHATEVER THE SETTING, CERTIKIN HAS THE UV ANSWER In a nutshell, Certikin offer a comprehensive range starting from their CUV systems at only £175 list price, through to light commercial systems and new for 2016, their commercial team are offering the atg WF range, as just covered in this edition. Introduced in 2015 with a variety of Watt systems, Certikin’s CUV range for domestic use now includes a 15 watt system for spa pools. The polycarbonate body has had a facelift and enjoys a more contemporary look and the pressure ratings have been increased to 4 bar. Each CUV has a low energy, electronic ballast that is positioned in a fully water tight compartment, fused with full thermal overload protection. Each CUV is built with both safety and low running costs in mind. All units are supplied with 1.5” male threaded connections and every CUV is simple to install, coming supplied with
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