Lake water treatment
I know this section is used for solar powered water pumping but I thought I'd use it to ask about off grid drinking water as well. My family has a lake cabin in Ontario Canada that we go to for 1-3 months every summer. In the past we have had to purchase our drinking water in 5 gallon jugs from a local marina. Last summer, some neighbors of ours filled up our 5 gallon water jugs using water from the lake run through this UV filter system http://www.aqua-sun-intl.com/stationary-systems.html . I would like to set up a similar system but eliminate the solar panel and water pump and use my own. That way the pressure pump can also be used to provide water pressure for the shower. Ideally, I would like to just plumb the water filter straight into a separate faucet located at the kitchen sink so that you could just turn it on and fill your glass but I found some info about how it can take 10-20 min for the current mercury bulbs to get up to proper temperature to effectively do their job, so my sink faucet idea will not work. Yesterday, I found some information regarding new UV-C LED’s that reach proper temperature immediately and have a much longer life span than mercury bulbs. Unfortunately it seems that this new technology is only being manufactured by this company http://www.aquisense.com at this point in time. I’m a little apprehensive about adopting new technology that has not have a history of use. Does anyone have any experience with these new bulbs? I would also be interested in hearing about other methods I should be considering for turning lake water into drinking water. Other than boiling it for 5 minutes, I have found no other method that does not require chemicals.