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Top 5 Long-Term Benefits of Copper Silver Ionization (CSI) Technology

Copper silver ionization gives you the ease of knowing that your water system is completely purified and protected with minimal maintenance from you. CSI compared to other disinfection methods such as hyperchlorination, thermal eradication, ozone disinfection, and ultraviolet radiation, has continuously proven to outperform every other method in safety, efficacy, longevity, and reliability. Here are five long-term benefits of utilizing copper silver ionization as opposed to other disinfection methods.

1. No harmful by-products, eco-friendly, and safe

Copper silver ionization is the safest and most eco-friendly solution to water protection. Comparatively, this method requires no chemical usage than hyperchlorination, which requires extensive dosage measurements. Hyperchlorination functions by injecting high doses of chlorine to disinfect a water system. However, research shows that approximately 70% of chlorine dioxide degrades in hot water. Therefore, you’d need to add a high concentration of 2 to 4 ppm of chlorine to sustain efficacy. Maintaining such high concentration is difficult and creates by-products which proven to be carcinogenic. During copper silver ionization, copper and silver are added into the water supply at doses of approximately 0.3-0.4 ppm, thereby preventing harmful by-products, carcinogenic risks, and negative health-related side effects.

2. Minimal maintenance for your team

Copper silver ionization does not require continuous dosage measurements compared to hyperchlorination. Thermal eradication is also time-consuming, tedious, and labor intensive to implement because numerous personnel are involved in monitoring distal sites, water tank temperatures, and flushing times to prevent bacterial recolonization in the water system. Copper silver ionization is easy to install, and requires minimal monitoring and maintenance, and depending on your service agreement, our team could be doing all of the work for you.

3. Residual protection

Research shows that residual protection lasts up to two months after a copper silver system is turned off – the ions continue to recirculate in the plumbing environment providing residual protection from bacteria. Comparatively, hyperchlorination is only effective in short time periods as bacterial recolonization often occurs simply as the disinfectant levels decrease. Likewise, ozone disinfection and ultraviolet radiation also do not provide residual protection, and may even require the use of a secondary disinfectant. During copper silver ionization, even if the system is off, a safety buffer is created to prevent contamination, unlike the other methods which require continuous implementation.

4. No corrosive effects

Most chemical solutions are proven to be corrosive to your plumbing infrastructure in the long-term, causing pinhole leaks and other costly issues that require equipment replacements. Ozone disinfection imposes a high voltage, which may damage the lids and pumps in a system. A common misconception about copper silver ionization is that the copper ions have corrosive effects. This is simply not the case. Copper silver ionization keeps the plumbing intact to ensure longevity in the life-span of your plumbing.

5. Better for your budget

Copper silver ionization has low consumable costs compared to other conventional disinfection methods. In hyperchlorination, long-term disinfection leads to high costs from corrosion. Similar to thermal eradication, long-term use can become logistically tedious due to increasing energy costs for maintaining higher hot-water temperatures. Other technologies or alternatives hide consumable and regular maintenance costs that are incurred on their clients in addition to the initial system in place. Copper silver ionization is the most cost-effective approach, as it quickly pays for itself by eliminating the need to further spend on various sanitizers, clarifiers, maintenance, monitoring, and training of personnel.

When constructing a Legionella eradication strategy, it is imperative that you consider the long-term effects of the technologies you select.

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