The reuse of water is indispensable in horticulture. 

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Clean water is of great importance to cultivate healthy crops. A UV-C system from VGE Pro inactivates bacteria, viruses and fungi such as Pythium and Fusarium, without leaving any residue in the water. This makes irrigation even more sustainable.

UV-C ensures a safe crop

Various harmful micro-organisms grow in the closed circuit of a horticulture. These move mostly via water. When irrigating crops, water seeps through a substrate into a tank. This tank stores the drain water so that it can be reused. This water should be treated before use to counteract pathogens that can attack the crop.


VGE Pro UV-C systems

The VGE Pro series is very suitable for disinfecting water. The UV radiation inactive microorganisms without leaving any residue, unlike other disinfection systems. This ensures safe water with which plants can be irrigated. For a constant growth of healthy crop it is necessary that disinfection takes place. Especially in summer periods when the growth of pathogens in water is enhanced by the heat.

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Some viruses and fungi are present in large numbers in the water. This requires a long contact time with UV, especially when certain nutrients are reused. Special housings are used to permanently inactivate these micro-organisms, which are easy to install in an irrigation system.


Disinfection of intake water

Our UV-C systems can also be used to disinfect rainwater or surface water. During a long period of drought, the rainwater is collected and then (temporarily) stored. This creates pollution in the water of micro-organisms that can attack the crop. UV-C radiation inactivates these pathogens and thus provides safe water for irrigation.

In addition, a VGE Pro UV system can be used to guarantee food safety for a longer period of time. For example by disinfecting the water used to wash fruit or vegetables. This way, legionella, E. coli and other bacteria are combated to extend the shelf life.


UV-C for clean results

In addition to water, surface and air can also be disinfected with UV-C. For example, crates or trays can be disinfected to prevent contamination. Placing a VGE pro UV-C unit in the air installation deactivates fungi that spread through the air.

Which UV solutions apply?

Water reuse

Due to increasing water scarcity and sustainability, the need to reuse water is increasingly crucial. In order to comply with the guidelines, it is necessary for companies to set up their water treatment system as efficiently as possible so that water wastage is prevented.

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Water reservoir

Many sectors use buffer tanks in which water is stored in reservoirs. This water can stand still for a long time, giving micro-organisms the opportunity to grow. 

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Advanced oxidation (AOP)

AOP (Advanced Oxidation Processes) can be used for oxidizing organic and inorganic materials in water where UV radiation or chemicals alone are not effective enough.

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Legionella prevention

The legionella bacteria is a major problem for human safety. The pathogenic bacterium spreads through water mist and can thus infect the respiratory tract.

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Circulation water

Circulating water involves processes in which water is continuously circulated. During this circulation process, the water can become contaminated with organic material, which can lead to the development of (micro) biology in the water.

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Rainwater collection

The weather is getting more and more extreme. Longer periods of drought and heavy rain showers alternate. When there is so much rain in one go, the ground cannot absorb the water properly.

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Air disinfection

UV-C disinfection has been used for years to disinfect water, but is also ideal for air treatment. Air disinfection can be used to prevent the spread of microorganisms through the air.

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Surface disinfection

UV-C disinfection has a long history in applications for water, but can also be used for disinfecting surfaces. These are surfaces to which microorganisms can attach themselves.

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Custom build

Together with the customer, we always look for the best UV disinfection solution. 

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Drainwater disinfection at a strawberry grower

Drainwater disinfection at a strawberry grower

A strawberry grower uses a VGE Pro UV-system to disinfect low transmittance drain water.

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