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Wondering what side effects to expect when using a UV water purifier?
The good news is that you can look forward to only positive ones, like reducing your exposure to harmful waterborne pathogens that are capable of spreading disease.
There are, however, some cases where you could experience issues if your water source doesn’t allow the purifier to function properly. Read on to find out what those are.
There is no scientific evidence whatsoever that indicates that a UV water purifier may have negative side effects.
In fact, the only side effect may be that your water stops making you sick. UV water purifiers emit beams of light as the water passes through the unit, which target the DNA in the cells of pathogens. This causes the cell to not be able to replicate, essentially rendering it ineffective and incapable of causing disease.
This works on bacteria, viruses, algae, spores, mold, and cysts, destroying microorganisms you may not even know are there.
The only time a UV water purifier or UV treated water may have negative side effects is with improper handling or improper pre-filtration. This has nothing to do with the process itself but is due to the water conditions or something else.
If the water is too murky, it can create shadows that the microorganisms can hide behind, and the UV light might miss them. So make sure to check your water for levels within the following ranges:
Besides, if the UV lamp is not replaced yearly, its effectiveness will drop, and it may not be able to kill all pathogens.
In addition, if there is a cut in the electricity, the unit will stop sanitizing the water until the power comes back on.
The side effects of UV-treated water are less illness or disease. In all seriousness though, there are no negative side effects known for drinking UV-purified water, unless as previously mentioned, there are already issues with the disinfection system or the source water.
Contaminants that your UV water purifier will not treat include chlorine and chloramine, heavy metals, forever chemicals also known as PFAS, pesticides, and more.
It is recommended that you have your water professionally tested to figure out which water filtration system is best for you to eliminate these.
If you have any questions about UV water filter side effects please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!
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