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UV ahead in the race for
BACTERIA FREE
WATER
The products needed to provide pure, clear, safe bacteria free water to swim in
has never been more debated or tested. New 2008 research has raised more
concern about chlorine and its link with asthma amongst children but it is still
chlorine which remains the system of choice for most pools and a system backed
by many experts. But the increased popularity of UV systems for larger pools
revealed in an exclusive SPN survey and the increased popularity of chlorine free
alternatives has made the choice open to pool owners as wide as it has ever been
n independent survey carried out now about the atmosphere around the Ahmad Arafa at Triogen said there was
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for Swimming Pool News has pool and that combined with the clear an increasing trend towards UV systems
shown that the move to UV evidence that a UV system gives us over the past two or three years. “We are
systems is now the favoured guaranteed ability to reduce chloramines noticing that now if you have a municipal
option to guarantee bacteria free water has led us to make the change.” pool you need a UV system – that’s it. It is
than ever before – mainly due to consumer Another reported: “We have worked cheaper. It is better environmentally but
concern about the environments around hard at the pool to see what is best for the reason the system is being accepted
larger commercial pools. price and effectiveness for our swimmers. without question is that it is effective
Of 123 commercial, hotel and local We have taken a lot of advice and the UV against chlorine resistant microorganisms
authorities pools carried out in the system we installed in August has proved it such as Cryptosporidium. It gives everyone
survey at Sheffield University over 70% does make a difference.” the comfort they need.”
said they had taken the decision to The UV market for larger swimming He said that many people running larger
move to a UV system. Over half said that pools in the UK is headed by Glasgow pools still misunderstood the relationship
their decision had been based on cost based Triogen (Degrémont with chlorine and UV systems. Chlorine he
and the increasing pressure from Technologies–Triogen); Hanovia and ATG stressed was still an important component
swimmers about the unpleasant affects Willand. Smaller residential pools have a of an UV system although lesser amounts
in and around the pool. wider selection of suppliers who have all were needed and the ‘side effects’ of bad
One responded claimed: “We have seen acceptance of the system in the last odour round pools and eye infections
noticed a greater consumer awareness two or three years. were eliminated.
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