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UV-based Water Disinfection Systems Rapidly Replacing Chlorine-based Systems Globally

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Published on : Feb 10, 2016

Over the past many years, the world has seen a rapid rise in the rate of urbanization and industrialization. These two aspects are no doubt some of the most essential markers of human development, they are also the face of a continuous alteration to the global environment and harsh impact on biodiversity. Analysts have for long debated on the threat of these two factors to human existence through ecological functions, recreation, and basic necessities.

It is evident that pollution caused due to industrial waste products and many other outputs has a direct or indirect impact on the environment, much of which is irreversible, leads to the extinction of several living species, and results in the loss of unique genetic resources of great importance. One of the most apparent effect of industrial pollution is on water bodies that directly receive waste water from industries. The rising scarcity of fresh water resources and the vast rise in the global population that has started realizing the dearth of clean water have prompted initiatives aimed at recycling and reusing water and cleaning industrial wastes before they enter water bodies.

These factors have led to an increased demand for disinfecting and cleansing techniques such as UV disinfection and chlorination. In the past few years, UV disinfection technique has seen widespread adoption and significant demand, even more than the traditional cleansing technique of chlorination.

The billion dollar market for UV disinfection equipment market is expected to expand at a significant double-digit growth rate over the years to come and is projected to soon take-over customary chlorine-based disinfection owing to rising awareness from government organizations, corporate bodies, and consumers alike.

There are several benefits of UV disinfection equipment that make them highly popular when it comes to water purification, including their low operational and installation costs, ease of maintenance, and residue-free functioning. It has been found that UV treatment takes only about 6-10 seconds in contact tanks whereas the process of chlorination takes about 15-20 minutes for treating the same volume of water.

As municipalities continue to upgrade their water disinfection systems from the traditional chlorine-based systems to UV-based systems and as government bodies continue to increase their expenditure in disinfecting water bodies with a view of providing safe and clean water to the population, the global UV disinfection equipment market will also see significant rise in the years to come.