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    Re: UV System.. Is it worth it?

    All the major brands make good units. If they're wanting to add more automation, then the higher end units are the ones to look at. Be sure to size it 1 to 3 times the size of the pool.
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    UV System.. Is it worth it?

    UPDATE:
    This guy is dead set on a uv system because he was reading that chlorine is a carcinogen. He understands there is still a need for a small amount of chlorine.

    Since there is no changing his mind... Does anyone have experience with uv systems that can give me some suggestions on what to look at buying? He bought the spectra light but that was much too big for plumbing set up he had. (he didn't want me to replumb his system). The spectra light is around 4 foot long, 4 inches around and weighs around 25 pounds. It just wasn't feasible for the system he has.

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    Re: UV System.. Is it worth it?

    I don't know whether chlorine is a carcinogen or not. If it is, those of us on public water are in trouble?
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    Re: UV System.. Is it worth it?

    Then you have a problem. The spectra light units are excellent. There are other good brands, but anything significantly smaller is not going to do anything useful.
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    Re: UV System.. Is it worth it?

    Not that this will change your customer's mind, but for your own edification, read the latter part of this post where I reference and quote the World Health Organization (WHO) summary of epidemiological studies on chlorine disinfection by-products (chlorine itself is not the issue; it's some of the chlorinated by-products that are mutagenic and in some cases carcinogenic).

    The UV system really won't let them run at a lower chlorine level. The higher chlorine level is needed to kill algae. So if they truly want to operate at a lower chlorine level then they need a system that will kill algae in the bulk pool water. That means using an algaecide such as Polyquat 60, using a linear quat algaecide (that can foam), using 50 ppm Borates, using copper ions (that can stain plaster surfaces and turn blond hair greenish), or using phosphate removers. Neither ozone nor UV will do anything against pathogens or algae growing on pool surfaces and not getting circulated. With supplemental algae killing chemicals, they could operate their pool at a lower FC/CYA ratio. How low, we don't know since we don't have enough data for that, but I'd say it's probably at least half as low and possibly 1/3rd if the supplements are very good.

    Also, as others have noted, since he is looking for convenience as well as low chlorine levels, he should get a saltwater chlorine generator for sure. Whatever he does beyond that is gravy. If he gets only a UV system, he still won't have automation of chlorine dosing.
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    Re: UV System.. Is it worth it?

    if he is interested in automation, then one choice would be a panel that includes the chlorinator transformer built in. the cell comes with the package. pentair easytouch is one mid line product as an example.
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