Protect private water supplies from viruses and bacteria using UV Sterlization

Private water wells are vulnerable to contamination from many different sources. Not the least of which are viruses and bacteria. When you consider a private water well is little more than a hole drilled into the ground; the quality and “healthiness” of the water begins to come into question. As noted in the previous blog; basic potable water supply protection begins with extending the well head or casing above ground level. This process eliminates the possibility of ground water entering the potable water supply via the top of the well head. But a casing extension doesn’t guarantee that the water supply will be free of contaminant.

Ultra Violet Light (UV) sterilization is a proven way to guarantee protection from exposure to microbiological pathogens in your well water. A UV system cab be thought of as an insurance policy against the unforeseen danger that may lurk in our well water.

UV sterilization system.

High flow UV sterilization

The high flow UV sterilization system pictured is a system we installed in a school. It is installed downstream of a 10,000 gallon storage tank that supplies potable water to the entire facility. The system is capable of sterilizing up to 40 gallons per minute.

UV sterilization for private well

12gpm Atlantic Ultraviolet MP36C UV System

There are various sized UV systems to accommodate any sized home or building, regardless of flow rate. It is important that any UV sterilization system be fed water that has been filtered down to 5 microns, is less than 7 grains hard, and has iron and manganese within acceptable limits. The reason for these parameters is to ensure optimal UV ray transmittance through the water to achieve maximum sterilization capabilities of the UV system.

UV bulbs emit roughly 95% of their energy at a short wavelength of 254 nanometers (known as UV-C). This wavelength is in the region of maximum germicidal effectiveness, and is highly lethal to viruses, bacteria, and mold spores. UV bulbs will maintain this efficiency for a year. As such; UV bulbs need to be changed out annually.

With the current Corona virus outbreak in mind; it is comforting to know that highly effective technology is available at an affordable price to protect our private drinking water well supplies. It is a “green” technology that leaves no residual in the water supply treated. Please touch base for a no-cost evaluation to install a UV sterilization system in your home.

Viqua D4 Premium

Viqua UV Sterilization System

Well Casing Extension

Well Casing Extension

Buried wells are still common in CT. These older wells are more susceptible to contamination from groundwater infiltration due to rotted well seals. Any new well that is drilled today must have the well casing extend above grade level with a water tight well cap. This ensures keeping the access (the well head) to your potable water supply as secure as possible.

We can convert your old buried well to a compliant above – grade well with a casing extension. The attached pictures demonstrate the progression of a well casing extension starting with the buried well…ending with an extended casing and a water tight well cap. Call us for more info or visit our website at: www.connecticutradon.com

Radon in Water Mitigation By Aeration

Aeration is recognized by the EPA as the “BAT” or; Best Available Technology for radon in water mitigation.  The primary advantages of aeration are: 1) no build up or collection of radioactivity, #2) consistent removal efficiency #3) improved water pressure, and pH adjustment.

CT Basement was the first CT based radon mitigation company to offer waterborne radon removal.  We installed our first aeration system in early 1988.  A lot has changed in the residential aeration system market.  The first generation aeration systems we installed were manufactured by North East Environmental Products (NEEP) out of New Hampshire.  Their 3311 shallow tray aeration system was an adaption from packed tower aeration systems that were utilized to aerate municipal supplies.  Re-pressurization of treated water was accomplished by a conventional shallow well jet pump and pressure.  These systems were capable of up to 99% removal efficiencies

In late 2003, we began installing aeration systems that offered a built – in submersible pump. Getting away from the shallow well jet pump re-pressurization configuration made an appreciable difference in operational noise, water pressure delivered, and footprint of systems.  Since then, RE Prescott – Bubble Up, and Spruce – AiRaider, have made several improvements to include overflow protection, variable frequency drive re-pressurization, and larger tank options while delivering up to 99% removal efficiencies.  Below are pictures of various system installs we’ve done.

 

When choosing an aeration system for radon in water mitigation, radon in water levels, size of house, size of area where system is to be located, and even the size of the family living in the home, are all factors that should be taken into consideration.  Our experienced staff of radon and water professionals can help guide you to the best decision for your particular application.

Any aeration system bubbles and / or sprays the water in some fashion to separate the radon from water.  Radon is “water phobic” and readily off-gasses. The radon that separates from the water is safely vented out of the unit to the roof line of the home.  The treated water is stored at atmospheric pressure within the aeration tank and needs to be re-pressurized. A re-pressurization pump will draw the water out of the tank and send it to point of use.

Make no mistake; any aeration system is a mechanical device that requires regular servicing to optimize system life.  Regardless of manufacturer, and even with regular servicing, there are things that will eventually go wrong with the system. Including solenoids, float level switches, blowers, and pumps.  It is also important to maintain good water quality being supplied to the aeration system.  Elevated iron or manganese, hardness, and sediment are all things that will create issues with an aeration system.  We have the most collective experience under one roof to ensure we keep your system up and running efficiently.

Radon Awareness Month

Radon Awareness Month 2020 is here. We’ve been mitigating elevated radon concentrations in private residences, schools, and commercial buildings since 1987…before there was ever an “Awareness” month. Our project experience runs deep,and we’ve pretty much seen it all at this point. Anyone can acquire the required class time, and pass the test to become a State listed “qualified” mitigation professional. But the difference between us and our competitors is experience. There are simply no companies in CT with the combined experience we possess under one roof. We’ve mitigated indoor airborne radon concentrations of 900 pCi/l, and waterborne radon concentrations of 1,000,000 pCi/l!

It’s no secret that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer…first among non-smokers. We’ve spent decades working to deliver the lowest airborne and waterborne radon exposures to our customer base. Radon has no bias. New construction, antiques, slab – on – grade, contemporaries, traditional, commercial, and any style, type, size or aged building you can think of, can be subjected to elevated airborne radon concentrations.

Great strides have been made in reducing cancer deaths in the US. This reduction is attributable in large part to the improvements in lung cancer treatment. The American Lung Association recognizes radon exposure as a main contributor to lung cancer incidences among non-smokers. Finding these problems and fixing them before they can make someone sick is the best preventative measure to take.

Water Testing in Stratford, CT

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