How to Remove Viruses from Water

Posted by
Freeman Linton

How to Remove viruses from water

Updated Aug 5, 2020

Some Viruses Spread Though Water

water spout with viruses in the water drop

The Covid-19 Pandemic has brought virus transmission to the forefront of conversation. But to date, there is no indication that Covid-19 spreads through water, mainly through air and surface contact.

Yet other viruses, such as meningitis, hepatitis, gastroenteritis, conjunctivitis, SARs, hepatitis A, hepatitis E, and Typhoid can spread through water. 

Waterborne viruses and bacteria cause hundreds of millions of people to become afflicted with diseases each year, simply because they ingested contaminated water. 

WHO considers water-transmitted viral pathogens to be significant health concern.

Today, many people are searching for ways to ensure their drinking water is safe from water-borne viruses and bacteria. UV disinfection is a relatively inexpensive way to ensure water at every faucet in the household is virus free. 

How to Remove Viruses from Drinking Water

A UV water disinfection system can destroy 99.99% of harmful microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, cysts) to ensure all water in a home is free of viruses and bacteria 24/7.

VIQUA IHS22-D4

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) site states: "Ultraviolet Light (UV Light) can be used as a pathogen reduction method against some microorganisms. The technology requires effective pre-filtering due to its dependence on low water turbidity (cloudiness), the correct power delivery, and correct contact times to achieve maximum pathogen reduction. Manufacturer’s instructions must be followed."

Many people choose to install a UV system as an added layer of protection, even if a home receives water from the city, because the public water system is often vulnerable to impurities leaching in. UV disinfection is considered to be a safe, economical, and a chemical-free way of disinfecting your water.

The UV system's effectiveness is dependent on correct system sizing and low sediment and turbidity/cloudiness in the water. A prefilter before a UV system, such as included in the combo VIQUA IHS22-D4 UV system, can help remove sediment and cloudiness so that UV light can effectively inactivate viruses.

Preparing for Emergencies

Outback Emergency Water Purification System for Off-Grid Survival Portable Purifier

The US Government recommends that to prepare for a pandemic, households store a 2-week supply of water and food.

The Outback Emergency Water Filtration system has the right filters to protect against 99.99% of all viruses and 99.9999% of bacteria. The system has been used worldwide for 25+ years by relief organizations such as the Red Cross and Peace Corps.

The Outback meet US EPA standards for virus reduction and requires no electricity to operate.

If you have questions about how to ensure viruses are removed from your household water or want to know more about water filtration during times of emergencies, give us a call at 877-377-9876 (Mon-Fri, 8 am to 5 pm CT).