Five Ways UV Is Used Every Day

UV technology is in our lives far more than you probably realise. There are a growing number of industries that use UV light as part of their disinfection applications for process, drinking and wastewater to help provide their customers with clean and safe water.
Posted: Tuesday, 7 December 2021

What is UV?

UV is ultraviolet radiation, which is present in sunlight makes up around 10% of the total electromagnetic output from the Sun and is a known disinfectant against bacteria and viruses. Our society benefits from this technology in everyday life in our homes, the places we visit, the food we eat and the air we breathe.

Here are five ways we benefit from UV technology.

1) Water

The water from your tap is treated with UV alongside other filtration methods. This ensures it’s clean and safe from harmful pathogens so you can wash your hands, brush your teeth, and have a refreshing drink.

2) Food

Companies that mass-produce the food you buy have to follow strict hygiene rules. To that end, many companies use UV as part of their sterilisation process to control microbes and other bacteria that can cause food to spoil. The benefits also include a longer shelf life, which helps reduce waste.


3) Cultivation

Fresh food such as fruit, vegetables and salads also benefit as UV light helps treat the water used in their cultivation to help avoid the spread of harmful microbes across the crop. UV leaves no residue and can go a long way to ensure a good quality crop!

4) Milk, Juice & Ciders

The milk in your cereal can be pasteurised using UV technology as an alternative to heat treatment and chemical additives, which can affect the flavour. Likewise, UV technology offers chemical-free purification of refreshing fruit juice drinks and ciders with the benefit of retaining their delicious flavours, which leaves the product tasting precisely as the manufacturer intended.

5) Swimming Pools

Swimming is a great way to stay healthy. Many commercial swimming pools are incorporating UV technology alongside existing water treatment systems to help reduce chlorine-resistant microbes. In fact, the London 2012 Olympics was the first to use UV disinfection for all the swimming and diving pools!


What Next?

The use of UV continues to grow as more people learn about its health benefits and bring UV into their homes and places of work. You can contact us to learn more about the advantages of UV technology and how our UV disinfection systems can help protect your staff and customers.