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Can UV Protect the Public from Adenovirus in Drinking Water?

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Adenovirus is known to be resistant to UV disinfection when low pressure (LP) UV lamps emitting monochromatic UV light at 254 nm are used. However, recent research has proven that medium pressure (MP) lamp UV systems are much more effective for inactivation of this virus at an equivalent LP UV dose. The fact that the EPA required UV dose for all viruses is based on the dose-response of adenovirus under LP UV viruses puts an undue burden on systems aiming for virus inactivation with UV light. The dose requirements for virus inactivation for UV systems that use MP UV lamps should be reconsidered in light of these recent findings.

Keywords: Virus; medium pressure; pathogens; regulations; ultraviolet light

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2011-01-01

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