Last Updated on December 29, 2023
UPDATE AS OF 1/1/2023
As a business owner, you face a variety of potential threats. Some, like Boil Water Alerts, are more likely to occur than others. Your business district could face several throughout the year. As with any threat, a Boil Water Notice could mean closing your doors and meeting severe financial impact. Be prepared in order to keep your food or beverage business open during boil water alerts.
Keeping Your Business Open During Boil Water Alerts with UV-C Water Disinfection
When a Boil Water Advisory is issued, you have three water disinfection treatment options to consider in order to ensure the safety of your patrons — boiling, chemical treatment, and UV-C. Unlike boiling and chemical disinfection, UV-C allows for critical business operations to remain as usual. Depending on your needs and industry, systems can be installed point-of-entry (POE) or point-of-use (POU). They require very little maintenance — just occasional quartz sleeve cleaning and UV lamp replacement about once a year or every 10,000 hours of operation.
Hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, hospital and school cafeterias, commercial ice makers — and just about any facility that is preparing food or beverages for public consumption — must follow strict guidelines in order to ensure the safety of their clients during a Boil Water Alert.
Food and Beverage Prep
An on-site UV-C system protects your bottom line. It disinfects your facility’s water onsite before use, saving you valuable resources and time during a Boil Water Alert. Without UV-C disinfection, fresh fruits and vegetables washed with tap water need to be thrown out. The same goes for ice, tea, coffee, and any beverages made with tap water. You will need to disinfect all preparation surfaces, storage containers that housed potentially contaminated foods or liquids, cutlery, and any inline plumbing such as water lines for automatic ice or coffee machines.
If you have one of Atlantic Ultraviolet Corporation’s UV-C water disinfection systems installed at your location, you can continue to wash dishes as usual. Facilities without UV-C disinfection systems must either follow precautions when washing dishes or use disposable plates and cutlery.
Wash and rinse as usual. In a separate basin, combine 1 teaspoon of non-scented household bleach with 1 gallon of warm water. Soak the already washed and rinsed dishes in the bowl for 1 minute. Then, let the dishes air dry thoroughly. Staff maintenance is required to ensure there are no chemical mishaps and that the soak water has the proper bleach to water ratio. Dishes also need adequate space and time to allow for complete air drying.
In order for disinfection of any pathogens in the water to occur, automatic dishwashers must have a sanitization setting or a final rinse cycle that reaches the following temperatures for the time lengths below :
- Minimum of 20 minutes at 113°F
- Minimum of 5 minutes at 122°F
- Minimum of 1 minute at 162°F
Disposable products, extra staff time for manual washing, and a loss of prep space and time with dishes air drying can all impact your bottom line. Having one of Atlantic Ultraviolet Corporation’s 6 UV-C disinfection systems will keep your business open during boil water alerts and allow you to wash dishes as usual. No extra time or resources are needed.
UV-C Water Purifiers Enable Operation Without Interruption
UV-C water disinfection product lines from Atlantic Ultraviolet Corporation® come with a variety of standard and optional features depending on the model selected. Safety features, such as lamp indicator lights and audible alarms, alert of malfunction. For MEGATRON® models, an integrated wiper for easy quartz sleeve cleaning, or an optional automatic wiper, keep maintenance easy. You will have peace of mind knowing your system is continuously deactivating virtually all harmful virus, bacteria, and cysts including E. coli, Giardia, and Salmonella. Keep your food or beverage business open during boil water alerts and your patrons safe.
SANITRON® models are certified to NSF®/ANSI 61 and 372 — Drinking Water System Component — Health Effects and Lead Content. MIGHTY★PURE® models MP36C (12 GPM) and MP49C (20 GPM) are available with certification for NSF®/ANSI Standard 55 — Ultraviolet Microbiological Water Treatment Systems. UV-C water disinfection systems from Atlantic Ultraviolet Corporation® are made in the USA of Type 304 or Type 316 stainless steel for maximum durability. Our UV Application Specialists can assist you in selecting the correct model for your business.
Learn More & Shop Our Products
Made or Assembled in the USA of Type 304 or Type 316 stainless steel, the UV water treatment systems from Atlantic Ultraviolet Corporation® are constructed of the highest quality materials and use germicidal UV-C lamps to purify water. Many applications can benefit from germicidal UV-C, including restaurants and food service facilities during boil water alerts. For more information on UV-C for water disinfection during boil water advisories, visit our application-specific page.
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- Learn about UV Water & Liquid Purifiers
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- Visit our Application-Specific Page: UV-C for Water Disinfection During Boil Water Advisories
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