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Vortice
4/24/2019 11:38 EST

We are in need of ultraviolet water treatment as our well is not 100% from a biological perspective. Does anyone have experience with this and/or know of sources for such equipment in Uy? I am looking at the VIQUA VH410 Model 18 GPM UV System, but doubt that it is available here. Chlorine and its' reaction byproducts, being toxic, are unacceptable for us.

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Expat91364
4/24/2019 11:47 EST

18gpm is a fairly large unit. if this is for drinking only that is a big difference than treating the water going down the toilet or shower drain or used for irrigation. Still you might find someone to bring one down from the US in their suitcase.

and don't forget you need access to replacement lamps and tubes....

good luck.

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Vortice
4/24/2019 12:53 EST

Hola expat91364,

The reason for the 1", 18gpm size is that we want to treat all the water as it goes from the well into the tank. Most of our irrigation comes directly from the well production line, bypassing the water tank. I may wait a few months 'till my next trip stateside to bring one. I wonder if aduana at airport will hit me for the amount in excess of U$S500. Annual replacement bulbs and quartz sleeves will probably have to come down as part of our annual 3 allowed shipping imports. We're hoping we can buy it here though. This is how they disinfect water in Europe so it is common technology, globally speaking. This would not be an issue back in 93109, but we are SO much happier in Uruguay in spite of such issues.

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dawsonpointers
5/9/2019 17:37 EST

When we were on our own well in Canada and relied on UV. Some things to consider:
1: the system will not work if the water is even turbid. We pre-treated the water through a particulate filter and a water softener
2:the system we had in Canada had a recommended 1yr life expectancy for the bulb to continue to be effective. The system must be at least cleaned annually.
Given the above, our system worked very, very well.
If I was on a well in UY, I would absolutely have a UV system. Here in Punta Colorada, we have OSE water. The good part is that when the power goes out, we still (usually) have water. On our own well in Canada, we got a generator and transfer switch to solve that issue (no power, no pump, no water)

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dawsonpointers
5/9/2019 17:37 EST

When we were on our own well in Canada and relied on UV. Some things to consider:
1: the system will not work if the water is even turbid. We pre-treated the water through a particulate filter and a water softener
2:the system we had in Canada had a recommended 1yr life expectancy for the bulb to continue to be effective. The system must be at least cleaned annually.
Given the above, our system worked very, very well.
If I was on a well in UY, I would absolutely have a UV system. Here in Punta Colorada, we have OSE water. The good part is that when the power goes out, we still (usually) have water. On our own well in Canada, we got a generator and transfer switch to solve that issue (no power, no pump, no water)

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