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Ultimate Guide to Water Treatment Systems

Peace of mind comes with knowing every drop of water in your home is safe and clean for your family to enjoy.

For businesses, clean water is a necessity. Think about cafes needing pure water for that perfect cup of coffee or manufacturers where even a trace of impurity could ruin production. A reliable water treatment system can mean the difference between success and failure for your business.

This guide will discuss why taking the plunge into water treatment systems is wise at home and work. We’ll also explore the different systems available to help you make the right choice for your water purification needs.

UV Disinfection Systems

  • CWP-Series™

    Residential

    Complete water purification solution in one compact, weather-resistant unit.

  • LED-Series™

    Residential

    Innovative chemical-free UV water disinfection systems utilising LED technology.

  • LED-Series™

    Commercial

    Innovative chemical-free UV water disinfection systems utilising LED technology.

  • MPX-Series™

    Commercial

    Performance-optimised medium pressure UV treatment for commercial applications.

  • P-Series™

    Commercial

    Versatile UV Water Disinfection for Aquaculture and Industrial applications of all sizes.

  • S-Series™

    Commercial

    Versatile UV water disinfection for moderate-flow Industrial and Commercial applications.

  • SLT-Series™

    Residential

    Cost-effective UV disinfection for residential applications, indoors or outdoors.

  • T-Series™

    Commercial & Residential

    Flexible UV disinfection solutions for storage tanks of any size.

  • X-Series™

    Commercial

    Compact UV disinfection for large-flow Commercial and Industrial applications.

Non UV Disinfection Systems

  • ABW-Series™

    Commercial

    Automatic backwashing screen water filters.

  • AQ Silver Ionisation™

    Commercial

    Residual disinfection for maintaining and preserving water quality using Silver ions.

  • HWC-Series™

    Residential

    The sustainable alternative for softer water in residential applications.

  • HWC-Series™

    Commercial

    The sustainable alternative to conventional water softening treatment.

  • WF-Series™

    Comprehensive range of cartridge and bag water filter systems.

Other UV Disinfection Systems

  • AQ UV Disinfection™

    Commercial

    Swiss engineered & validated to DVGW, ÖVGW and SVGW

  • VR C-Series™

    Commercial

    The VR C-Series has been third party validated and certified by the NIPH (Norwegian Institute of Public Health) to the CEN EN 14897:2006 code.

  • VR LT-Series™

    Commercial

    The Van Remmen VR LT series, or the Low Transmittance series disinfects liquids with an extremely low transmittance.

  • VR SUV-Series™

    Commercial

    The Van Remmen Sanitary UV systems (VR SUV-Series) are specifically designed to meet the strict quality requirements of the pharmaceutical industry.

  • VR V-Series™

    Commercial

    The VR V-Series has been developed to ascertainably reliably disinfect water with a transmittance between 80% and 99%.

  • VR W-Series™

    Commercial

    The VR W-Series is a powerful UV system that reliably disinfects water with a transmittance (T10) between 40% and 60%

Residential Water Treatment Compared to Commercial Water Treatment

Residential and commercial water treatment systems serve the same purpose: to provide clean, safe water.

However, they differ in several key areas.

  1. Scale: Residential systems are designed for lower water usage, while commercial systems handle much higher volumes.
  2. Complexity: Residential systems are generally simpler and designed for DIY installation, and commercial systems are more complex, requiring professional installation and maintenance.
  3. Features: Commercial systems can have more advanced features, like automated monitoring or specialised filtration stages not commonly found in residential units.
  4. Maintenance: Residential systems require less frequent maintenance than commercial systems, which need regular professional checks due to their larger scale and complexity.

Different Types of Home Water Treatment Systems

These filters are connected to the water line beneath your sink to purify the water before it reaches the tap. The process involves multiple stages of filtration to remove contaminants like chlorine, lead, and bacteria.

Installation is straightforward if you’re handy with basic tools. Most kits come with the necessary parts and instructions.

Maintenance is minimal; just replace the filter cartridge every six to 12 months.

An under-sink filter is the way to go for better water quality without a complicated setup.

Reverse osmosis systems push water through a semipermeable membrane (a thin barrier made of a synthetic material) to remove contaminants like fluoride, lead, and bacteria.

Installation (under the sink) can be more challenging as it involves multiple stages and possible plumbing adjustments, so you may prefer to hire a professional.

Maintenance involves replacing various filters and the membrane. Filter changes are needed every six to 12 months, while the membrane can last up to three years.

If you’re looking for top-tier water quality and are willing to invest more time and effort, a reverse osmosis system will be an excellent fit for your home.

These simple filters trap dust particles and sediments like sand, rust, and silt.

Depending on the filter media, they can also remove chlorine. Activated carbon filters are especially good at removing chlorine and improving water taste and odour.

Cartridge and bag water filters can be installed under the kitchen sink or at the point where water enters your home. Installation is relatively easy but may require basic plumbing skills. You’ll typically need to cut and attach pipes, but most kits include everything you need.

Maintenance involves replacing the cartridge or bag every two to six months, depending on water usage and the manufacturer’s recommendations.

For a quick, affordable way to enhance water quality, cartridge and bag filters are solid choices.

Hard water conditioners tackle water hardness caused by minerals like calcium and magnesium. Hard water can lead to limescale buildup in pipes and appliances. It can also make your skin and hair feel dry and dull.

These conditioners work by changing the structure of the minerals, making them less likely to stick to surfaces. Some use salt, while others use electromagnetic waves.

Installing salt-based models can require plumbing adjustments. Electromagnetic types are easier, often just clamping onto an existing pipe.

Maintenance for salt-based models involves refilling the salt every one to two months. Electromagnetic models typically require no maintenance at all.

If you want to extend the life of your appliances and improve the feel of your skin and hair, a hard water conditioner is a worthwhile investment.

UV light disinfection systems use ultraviolet light to kill bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms. Water is exposed to UV light as it flows through a chamber, disrupting the DNA of harmful organisms and making them harmless.

These innovative systems are chemical-free and environmentally friendly.

They’re often installed under the kitchen sink or at the point where water enters your home. You’ll probably need to cut into your water line to add the UV chamber, so some plumbing skills are helpful.

Maintenance is minimal; just replace the UV lamp once a year.

A UV disinfection system offers cost-effective and sustainable clean drinking water treatment.

Different Types of Commercial Water Treatment Systems

Some of the above water treatment systems are also used for commercial applications, with some differences.

  1. Cartridge and bag filters: In commercial settings, these filters are often larger and more durable to handle greater water flow and higher levels of contaminants.
  2. Hard water conditioners: Commercial units are built to treat a higher volume of water and can include more advanced features like automated monitoring.
  3. Reverse osmosis filters: Commercial systems have higher capacities and can include additional stages of filtration for more rigorous purification.
  4. UV light disinfection systems: These systems are often more powerful and have additional flow rate monitoring for effective disinfection at larger scales.

Now let’s take a look at other types of commercial water treatment systems.

These filters have a screen that catches large particles and debris from water. When the screen gets clogged, the system automatically reverses the water flow to clean the screen, hence the term “backwashing.”

Manufacturing plants, agricultural operations, and wastewater treatment facilities commonly use automatic backwashing screen filters because they need large-scale, reliable filtration.

These systems are usually integrated into existing water lines and can involve electrical connections for automation.

Maintenance is relatively low-key, as the automatic backwashing reduces manual cleaning needs. However, occasional checks and screen replacements are recommended every few months to a year, depending on use and water quality.

Mechanical filtration systems use physical barriers like screens or meshes to remove particles from water.

These systems are used in industries that need high-quality water, like food and beverage manufacturing, chemical plants, and pharmaceuticals.

Installation can be complex, especially for large-scale operations.

Maintenance involves regular filter replacement and system checks. The frequency depends on the type of industry and water quality but could range from monthly to annually.

Media filtration systems use layers of materials like sand, gravel, or activated carbon to remove various contaminants from water. The water flows through the layered media, and each layer captures different particles or chemicals.

These systems are useful in swimming pool management, aquaculture, and water treatment plants.

Professionals will best handle installation due to these systems’ size, multiple components, and the need to integrate into existing infrastructure.

Maintenance mainly includes periodic backwashing to clean the media and occasional media replacement. The frequency varies based on usage and water quality but could range from a few months to a few years.

These systems use silver ions to disinfect water, killing bacteria, viruses, and algae. The silver ions are released into the water stream, neutralising harmful microorganisms by disrupting their cell functions.

Silver ionisation systems are ideal for cooling towers, hospitals, and large residential complexes to control Legionella and other harmful organisms.

They must integrate into existing water management setups, so professional installation is required.

Maintenance involves monitoring silver ion levels and replacing the silver electrodes as they wear out, which could be yearly or less frequently, depending on usage.

Best Home Water Treatment Systems

Here at UV Guard, we specialise in UV home water treatment systems. We have a range of systems available for your home.

CWP-Series™

Our CWP-Series™ purifies water to be safely consumed and used throughout your home. The compact, weather-resistant unit delivers total water treatment in three stages: filtration, adsorption, and UV disinfection.

What are the key features and benefits of the CWP-Series™?

  • Suitable for rainwater, bore water, and town water.
  • Destroys 99.99% of pathogens for safe drinking.
  • Improves water taste, clarity, and odour.
  • Features a corrosion-resistant stainless steel bracket and lockable cover for outdoor installation.
  • Premium food-grade twin filter housings.
  • Australian WaterMark certified, meaning it meets specific national standards for quality and performance.

LED-Series™

This mercury-free disinfection system uses light-emitting diode (LED) UV technology to deliver excellent energy efficiency, safety, reliability, and operational life.

What are the key features and benefits of the LED-Series™?

  • Destroys 99.99% of pathogens, including E. coli, Cryptosporidium, and Giardia.
  • Produces low levels of heat and zero ozone emissions.
  • Reaches required UV intensity instantly.
  • Flow switch automatically turns LED on and off in unlimited cycles. This feature ensures the UV light is only active when water is flowing, reducing unnecessary power usage and extending the life of the LED.
  • Provides years of safe drinking water- over one million litres!
  • LED life timer indicates when the system needs replacing.
  • Compact design fits easily into tight spaces.
  • No delicate quartz or glass material that can break.

SLT-Series™

The SLT-Series™ The SLT-SeriesTM provides high-performance, low-cost UV water disinfection.

What are the key features and benefits of the SLT-Series™?

  • Seven models and options to suit a range of indoor and outdoor installations.
  • Ideal for under sink, whole house, swimming pool, and pond applications.
  • Destroys 99.99% of pathogens for safe drinking.
  • Cost-effective.
  • Easy to install and maintain.
  • Durable 316L grade stainless steel UV reactors.
  • Australian WaterMark certified.

T-Series™

Our T-Series™ provides a flexible UV disinfection solution for water storage tanks of any size. It can be submerged to disinfect stored liquids directly and also acts as a deterrent to prevent pests from entering tanks.

What are the key features and benefits of the T-Series™?

  • Disinfects water, powders, air, and food-grade surfaces.
  • Multiple connection types with 316L grade stainless steel options.
  • Indoor and outdoor UV lamp controllers available.
  • Easily scalable technology.
  • Simple “touch-button” operation.

Best Non-UV Residential Water Treatment Solutions

HWC-Series™

Our HWC-Series™ is a sustainable hard water conditioning solution for softer water. Unlike conventional water softening processes, this system produces results without electricity, salts, resins, magnets, backwashing, or ongoing maintenance.

What are the key features and benefits of the HWC-Series™?

  • Multiple models for whole house, shower, and appliance use.
  • Easily installed inlinè within your home.
  • Maintenance and power-free with zero running costs.
  • Operates 24/7 with no interruptions to the water treatment process.
  • No added salt or other chemicals are required.
  • Valuable minerals are not removed from your water.
  • Australian WaterMark certified.

WF-Series™

The WF-Series™ consists of cartridge and bag water filter systems to suit small and large flow rates.

What are the key features and benefits of the WF-Series™?

  • Multiple models to suit a diverse range of applications.
  • Sediment and carbon cartridge water filters available.
  • Quality bag water filters able to catch particles ranging from 1 to 100 microns.
  • Polypropylene and stainless-steel water filter housings available.
  • Easy to install with a small footprint and standard connection types.
  • Quick maintenance with minimal operation disruption.

Best Commercial Water Treatment Solutions

Here at UV Guard, we specialise in the following UV commercial water treatment systems.

LED-Series™

This system uses light-emitting diode (LED) UV technology to deliver excellent energy efficiency, safety, reliability, and operational life.

What are the key features and benefits of the LED-Series™?

  • Compact design ideal for tight spaces.
  • Durable to withstand harsh environments.
  • Mercury and emission-free.
  • Destroys 99.9% of harmful pathogens at flows up to 6 lpm (litres per minute).
  • Long-lasting LED UV disinfection technology.
  • Low-maintenance.
  • 12V, 24V, and 240V models available with a battery back-up option.

MPX-Series™

Our MPX-Series™ offers high-performance medium-pressure UV water disinfection for flows up to 1000 m3/hr. It’s ideal for commercial swimming pools, water features, industrial process water, wastewater, and potable water applications.

What are the key features and benefits of the MPX-Series™?

  • Efficient variable power polychromatic UV lamp drivers.
  • Smooth automatic dimming for “Optimised” and customised “User Profile” power modes.
  • Commercial swimming pool chloramine destruction at flows from 10-800 m3/hr.
  • Drinking water disinfection at flows up to 1200 m3/hr and beyond.
  • Large 7″ HMI touchscreen for easy operation and monitoring.
  • Small footprint for horizontal or vertical configurations.
  • Interlock UV lamp safety device and UV reactor temperature management system.

P-Series™

The P-Series™ is a versatile system for aquaculture and industrial applications of all sizes, providing UV disinfection for saline waters, thermal fluids, and corrosive liquids.

What are the key features and benefits of the P-Series™?

  • Models to suit small and large flow aquaculture operations.
  • Schedule 80 uPVC and HDPE UV reactors suitable for saltwater.
  • Chemical-free with zero harmful by-products.
  • A range of optional controller features.
  • Easily connects to existing plumbing infrastructure.
  • 100% Australian manufactured.

S-Series™

This system provides robust UV water disinfection for moderate-flow (up to 50 m3/hr) industrial and commercial applications.

What are the key features and benefits of the S-Series™?

  • 26 models available.
  • Highly customisable features.
  • Durable food-grade 316L stainless steel UV reactor.
  • Multiple inlet and outlet options.
  • Internal flow mixer that optimises UV exposure.
  • Australian WaterMark certified (Level 1).

T-Series™

The T-Series™ is designed to protect stored water, liquid sugar, powders, or other substances from harmful pathogens in storage tanks of any size.

Installed in storage tank headspaces, the T-Series™ uses UV technology to disinfect the air, internal tank walls, and product surfaces. It can be submerged to disinfect stored liquids directly and also acts as a deterrent to prevent pests from entering tanks.

What are the key features and benefits of the T-Series™?

  • Multiple connection types with 316L grade stainless steel options.
  • Weatherproof and indoor UV lamp controllers available.
  • Easily scalable technology.
  • Simple ‘touch-button’ operation.

X-Series™

Our X-Series™ is a long-life, low-maintenance system ideal for liquids with low UV Transmittance (UVT), high UV dose requirements, and large flows (from 30-700 m3/hr and beyond).

What are the key features and benefits of the X-Series™?

  • UV reactor precisely configured to maximise efficiency and performance.
  • Low-pressure UV system with up to 16,000 hours of operational lamp life.
  • Multiple inlet and outlet connection types and positions.
  • Customisable Australian manufactured controller.
  • Australian WaterMark certified, meaning it meets specific national standards for quality and performance.

Other UV Guard Disinfection Systems

Our range of UV disinfection systems is extensive! Other options include:

Best Non-UV Commercial Water Treatment Solutions

ABW-Series™

UV Guard’s ABW-SeriesTM is a range of reverse rinsing or automatic backwash screen filters. The fine screen filters foreign matter, such as iron and suspended solids, to provide a continuous supply of filtered water. This screening also protects pipes and infrastructure from corrosion and sediment build-up. This system is ideal for UV disinfection pre-treatment.

What are the key features and benefits of the ABW-Series™?

  • Models to suit a range of flow rates from 4-200 m3/hr.
  • Filtered water is supplied even during reverse rinsing.
  • Patented reverse rinsing system quickly and thoroughly cleans the filter with a small amount of water.
  • Choice of timed or pressure differential automatic backwashing.
  • Stainless steel screens with multiple aperture sizes.
  • European approved.

AQ Silver Ionisation™

This system disinfects and conserves water quality using the strong bacterial effect of silver ions. These are added to the water via a simple electrolytic process, where a small direct current (DC) passes through silver anodes.

Treated potable water (water safe to drink or use in food preparation) can remain disinfected in tanks or bottles without the risk of bacteria re-appearing for up to six months.

Fun fact: NASA and the ISS use silver ionisation for treating potable water in space!

The AQ Silver Ionisation™ system uses low silver concentrations of 0.02 to 0.05 ppm (parts per million), which is well below the World Health Organisation’s recommended limits.

Another advantage of this system is that the silver ions are tasteless and have no smell, thus not affecting the water’s original taste.

What are the key features and benefits of AQ Silver Ionisation™?

  • The only water disinfection method, aside from chlorine, that provides residual protection.
  • Doesn’t lose effectiveness through evaporation.
  • No harmful by-products.
  • Doesn’t corrode piping.
  • Can be used in systems using ozone as primary disinfection to reduce the ozone concentration.
  • Works well at high temperatures- effective against Legionella.
  • Easy to use and service.
  • Low operating cost- uses approximately 20W only.
  • Minimum space required- as compact as 1m x 1m.

HWC-Series™

Our HWC-Series™ is a hard water conditioning solution that, unlike conventional water softening processes, produces soft water whilst requiring no electricity, salts, resins, magnets, or backwashing.

What are the key features and benefits of the HWC-Series™?

  • Multiple models to suit flow rates from 5 lpm to 420 m3/hr and beyond.
  • Easily installed inline within existing pipework.
  • Maintenance and power-free with zero running costs.
  • 24/7 operation with no interruptions to the water treatment process.
  • No added salt or other chemicals required.
  • Australian WaterMark certified.

WF-Series™

The WF-Series™ consists of cartridge and bag water filter systems to suit small and large flow rates.

What are the key features and benefits of the WF-Series™?

  • Multiple models to suit a diverse range of applications.
  • Sediment and carbon cartridge water filters available.
  • Quality bag water filters able to catch particles ranging from 1 to 100 microns.
  • Polypropylene and stainless-steel water filter housings available.
  • Easy to install with a small footprint and standard connection types.
  • Quick maintenance with minimal operation disruption.

Using Water Treatment Systems

A few guidelines will help you get the most out of your water treatment systems, whether residential or commercial.

Precautions

  1. Read the manual: Always read the installation and maintenance manual thoroughly.
  2. Safety first: Ensure the area is dry before working on electrical components. If you’re not comfortable with installation, hire a professional.
  3. Regular checks: Monitor system indicators and schedule regular maintenance to avoid unexpected malfunctions.

Tips

  1. Pre-filters: Using a pre-filter can extend the life of your main filtration unit by trapping larger particles before they reach it.
  2. Record-keeping: Maintain a log of maintenance activities and filter replacements. This will be helpful for warranty claims and understanding when the next service is due.
  3. Consult professionals: Especially for commercial settings, periodic consultations with professionals can optimise the system and save costs in the long run.

Looking for a residential solution?

Big or small. Commercial or residential. Indoors or outdoors. Every application is different, which is why we offer a market-leading range of options. Let us help you find the right solution.

FAQs About Water Treatment Systems

Do You Really Need a Water Treatment System?2023-12-07T15:34:41+11:00

Residential:

  1. Reverse osmosis systems
  2. Under-sink filters
  3. UV disinfection systems
  4. Hard water softeners

Commercial:

  1. Reverse osmosis systems
  2. UV disinfection systems
  3. Media filtration systems
  4. Automatic backwashing screen filters
What Is the Most Efficient Wastewater Treatment?2023-12-07T15:34:26+11:00

UV light disinfection is the most efficient non-chemical wastewater treatment. These systems use ultraviolet light to kill or deactivate harmful microorganisms, making the water safer to release or reuse.

Which Is the Most Common Water Treatment Method?2023-12-07T15:34:11+11:00

The most common residential water treatment is via under-sink water filters, while in commercial settings, media filtration systems are the most common.

What Are the Four Main Water Treatment Systems?2023-12-07T14:47:04+11:00

Residential:

  1. Reverse osmosis systems
  2. Under-sink filters
  3. UV disinfection systems
  4. Hard water softeners

Commercial:

  1. Reverse osmosis systems
  2. UV disinfection systems
  3. Media filtration systems
  4. Automatic backwashing screen filters

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