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Can technology clean your water?

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From destroying bacteria to minimising energy consumption, the technology behind the eSpring water treatment system is what makes it special. Here is what you need to know …

We had questions. Important questions. Questions like: “What does UV light have to do with bacteria?” and “Is water filtration becoming smarter?” and “Which technology makes water safer – and why?” So we asked Bill Stoner, the Water Treatment Product Development Manager at Amway, to give us the answers and explain the eSpring water treatment system to help you make better decisions for yourself and your loved ones.

Q1: Let’s start easy. How does the eSpring water treatment system clean water?
In short, it uses a unique combination of two technologies: UV light and an activated carbon filter. UV light destroys pathogenic micro-organisms and prevents the reproduction of more than 99.9% of waterborne disease-causing bacteria and viruses in drinking water. This includes not only pathogenic bacteria, Poliovirus, Rotavirus and Hepatitis A, but also cysts*, yeast and moulds that standard carbon filters won’t remove.

The carbon filter, on the other hand, effectively reduces over 160 contaminants, including over 140 potential health-effect contaminants. It does all this while allowing beneficial minerals, such as calcium, magnesium and fluoride, to pass through. Together, the carbon filter and UV light technologies effectively remove more than 99.9% of bacteria, viruses and contaminants.

*UV cyst reduction is intended for Giardia and Cryptosporidium cysts.

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Q2: What makes eSpring so special?
Bill: It’s a great system with many advantages, from space-saving design to advanced water treatment technologies, but the one element that makes it special is its combination of UV light and activated carbon filter. Because the eSpring water treatment system allows tap water to be treated in two different ways (through filtering and UV light), it ensures the water is safe to drink and tastes great. Comparative water filtration systems that use one of the technologies, miss half of the value.

Q3: Could you tell me more about the carbon filter; what kind of contaminants are we talking?
There are a lot. Probably too many to list. The eSpring carbon block cartridge has more than 160 filtration claims, over 140 of which are health-effect claims. A few examples of the contaminants covered include lead, mercury, chlorine, pesticides and disinfection byproducts – plus many more. Basically, it’s all the pollutants that may wind up in tap water, which you don’t want to drink or give to your family.

Q4: What about UV light. The sun provides some, isn’t that enough? Or does it take a special kind?
Good question. Yes, not all UV light is capable of this type of micro-organism destruction, so leaving a glass or jug of water in the sun wouldn’t have the same effect. There is a small range of wavelengths, known as UV-C light, which are the most effective for disinfection. The eSpring lamp is designed to use this ideal range. If you want to get specific, the wavelength is 254 nm, but the most important takeway is that it destroys 99.9% of bacteria and viruses.

Q5: Does that mean eSpring needs to be plugged into an electrical source? Does it waste energy?
The short answer is, no. The long answer is that the device uses eCoupled wireless power technology, which safely transmits electricity through the air, water and plastic components, so there are no exposed electrical connectors. And it’s very energy efficient. When you turn on your tap, the instant-on technology allows the eSpring UV bulb to light up straight away and stay on a little moment longer, to quickly treat the following glass of water. This means, the light only turns on when you use water, so you conserve energy and are able to keep water at tap temperature.

Q6: How often should the cartridge be replaced?
The eSpring filter cartridge needs to be replaced after one year << Localization: Hungary: 6 months >> or every 5,000 litres – whichever comes first. However, there’s no need to pen it into your calendar, because you will be notified. The eSpring smart-chip technology keeps track of time and water usage to provide an accurate indication of remaining cartridge life. It will then notify you when it’s time to be replaced.

Q7: Any last words?
We’re really proud of the technology and design of the eSpring system. It allows low maintenance and convenient cartridge changes, has a space-saving design, works with almost any water pressure (even in low-pressure environments), provides quality water treatment, and prevents water from being wasted. Simply put, the eSpring water treatment system will effectively give you and your family great-tasting clean water!

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