What is Germicidal UV?
What is Germicidal UV light?
UV light is part of the light spectrum and is classified into 3 wavelength ranges: UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C.
UV-C is the germicidal spectrum. It possesses the ability to deactivate the DNA of bacteria, viruses and other pathogens. Therefore, it destroys their ability to multiply and cause disease. Specifically, UV-C light causes damage to the nucleic acid of microorganisms by forming covalent bonds between certain adjacent bases in the DNA. The formation of these bonds prevents the DNA from being “unzipped” for replication, and the organism is unable to reproduce. In fact, when the organism tries to replicate, it dies. UV-C is short wave light and lies between the 100nm and 300nm range. The most effective UV-C range is 254nm.
Why use Germicidal UV?
Because UV-C / Germicidal UV destroys and inactivates disease, viruses and bacteria, it will cleanse drinking water of these harmful, and often times deadly, contaminants.
UV-C adds many benefits to the purification process:
- Eradicates, inactivates, and destroys harmful bacteria and viruses
- CHEMICAL-FREE alternative – UV light does not use chemicals to kill bacteria.
- Does NOT alter the taste or smell of your water- Germicidal UV is simply the most effective way to cleanse your water without adding “unwanted” characteristics to your drinking water