Jul 06, 2015

Illinois City Selects UV System for Drinking Water Treatment

Taylorville, Ill., selected the system based on its performance in another Illinois installation

Taylorville Illinois Neptune Benson ETS UV ultraviolet disinfection

Neptune Benson announced that its ETS UV technology has been selected to provide ultraviolet disinfection (UV) systems for the new drinking water treatment facility in the city of Taylorville, Ill.

The system was selected following a competitive evaluation based on the ease of maintenance on the system, references from another Illinois installation and the availability of customer service and support.

The Taylorville project follows a recent installation in the city of Moline. Both municipalities sought to add UV disinfection to their drinking water plants as an added level of protection for their water. Neptune Benson offers a range of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-validated systems for drinking water applications that provides a barrier against harmful microorganisms.

UV disinfection is often used in conjunction with chlorine to deactivate chlorine-resistant pathogens like Cryptosporidium. Cryptosporidium is a genus of apicomplexan protozoans that can cause gastrointestinal illness in humans and can occasionally be fatal in infants and the elderly. When used together, chlorine and ultraviolet disinfection provide a high level of protection to drinking water.

UV disinfection deactivates illness causing microorganisms by destroying their genetic material. Once destroyed, the microorganisms cannot reproduce and eventually die.

The city of Taylorville system has been fully validated in accordance with the requirements of the EPA Design Guidance Manual, and is manufactured at the Neptune Benson facility in Beaver Dam, Wis.