Adequate water treatment for horticulture is crucial as it is directly related to healthy crops. UV treatment is ideal for this application as it is a completely clean technology that introduces no chemicals or unwanted disinfection by-products into the water. UV disinfection can be used for the disinfection of the water source from rainwater or surface water.
Horticulture UV systems are typically installed on outlet pipe systems from water storage tanks or on pipe systems for tank water recirculation. ULTRAAQUA UV systems are able to penetrate the outer membrane of microbes and damage their DNA essentially killing them. The same appears to be true for plant pests and their eggs; the smaller the pest the more susceptible they generally are to be inactivated by UVC rays.
ULTRAAQUA UV systems continuously disinfect water used for both soil-based and soil-less plant cultivation in greenhouses. It is important to note that in many cases ULTRAAQUA UV systems are a neutral investment because costs associated with crop and financial insurance can be lowered. Some of the additional benefits are:
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The main microbial challenge organisms in greenhouse water include fungi such as Pythium, Phytophthora, Fusarium, and Erysiphales (mildew), bacteria such as Clavibacter, and viruses such as tomato bronze (wilt) virus and tomato mosaic virus, and larger microbes such as powdery mildew. ULTRAAQUA UV has a range of UV systems that are effective against all of them.
Untreated water can introduce unfavored microorganisms and pathogens that would place young crops under stress making it generally weaker and more susceptible to further disease. The use of UV eliminates a problem and varieties of farms that used UV as part of their water treatment experience yield in much stronger, higher quality crops.
ULTRAAQUA UV systems do not require close supervision and dosing which is common with the use of chemicals. The ULTRAAQUA UV systems can also be equipped with ULTRAWIPER™ quartz sleeve wiping system that prevents fouling. The clients then only need to consider standard annual maintenance procedures.
ULTRAAQUA UV systems are the most optimal environmentally friendly solution, as its disinfection process does not introduce dangerous by-products to the environment and crops, it has the lowest energy consumption compared to its alternatives, and consist of long-lasting key components which must be recycled.