Drinking water is essential to life, but also a rare and precious commodity. Only 2.5% of the world’s water is fresh; the rest is saltwater. Clean drinking water is even scarcer.
The decontamination of drinking water is still often achieved with the help of chemicals such as chlorine or ozone – an effective but environmentally contentious method.
It is possible to treat the water in a much more environmentally friendly manner, as no chemicals are used, by means of high-energy ultraviolet radiation.
During this process, special UV lamps from Heraeus not only destroy micro-organisms such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi, but they also break down harmful chemicals. As the decontamination does not use chemicals and no chemical residues are left, the quality of the drinking water is affected in neither its taste nor its smell.