The Quasar UVC-LED Water Treatment Retrofit Kit From Oasis
Quasar UVC-LED Water Treatment Fixtures are unique hydration units from Oasis that use ultraviolet light to sterilize drinking water as it is being dispensed. Since pathogens in water are most harmful to people with compromised immune systems, Quasar units are ideal for facilities such as nursing homes, hospitals, recovery or rehabilitation centers, and other healthcare facilities. Quasar Fixtures are available as free-standing units, modular in-the wall units, combo units, or retrofits. This article focuses on the Oasis Quasar Bottle Filler Retrofit Kit. The Quasar Retrofit Kit is designed to adapt Oasis drinking fountain models PG8AC and P8AM.
Fight Legionella With Quasar
The Light Emitting Diodes (LED’s) of the Quasar generate high levels of UV photons which are directed at viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens in the drinking water. The photons render them harmless in seconds, making the water safe to drink.
Oasis Quasar UVC-LED Water Treatment units reduce 99.9% of water-borne pathogens such as Giardia, Cryptosporidium, and Legionella. Legionella can cause a serious type of pneumonia called Legionnaires’ disease. It can also cause a less serious illness called Pontiac fever. About one in 10 people who get sick from Legionnaires will die from the disease. According to the CDC, health departments reported nearly 10,000 cases of Legionnaires’ disease in 2018. They say that since Legionnaires’ is likely underdiagnosed, the number of true cases could be 1.8 to 2.7 times higher. Since 2000, reported cases of Legionnaires’ disease have increased by 550%.
Legionella awareness has increased during the pandemic as a result of the shutdown and reopening of certain businesses and facilities. (To learn more, read our article: Facility Shutdowns Cause Increased Risk of Legionella). Legionella is extremely common in all water supply systems. Stagnant or standing water in a plumbing system can increase the risk for the growth and spread of Legionella and other biofilm associated bacteria. Once Legionella grows and multiplies in a facility’s water system, it can spread in water droplets small enough for people to breathe in. A person can also become infected while drinking contaminated water if it accidentally “goes down the wrong pipe” and enters a person’s lungs. When the water systems of a facility have been shut down for an extended period of time, it is extremely important to execute certain safety procedures with your plumbing fixtures before allowing anyone to access the water supply. (See the above mentioned article for guidance.)
About UV Light
Germicidal ultraviolet light is already used safely in environments such as the poultry industry, bottling factories, and hospitals to disinfect the surfaces of eggs, the interior of food service bottles, and hospital rooms respectively. Now Oasis is using similar technology to deliver safe clean water in public facilities through its Quasar UVC-LED Bottle Fillers.
Ultraviolet light has the next shortest wavelength below visible light on the electromagnetic radiation spectrum. In general, the shorter the wavelength, the higher the energy of the waves. UV light is divided into three sub-bands: UVA (longest wavelength,) UVB (medium wavelength,) and UVC (shortest wavelength,). UV photons have enough energy to cause electrons to break away from atoms. This process is called ionization. The technology of the Quasar uses UV photons to penetrate into harmful microscopic organisms in the water, and damage their DNA, rendering them incapable of reproduction. The advantage of using this UVC-LED technology to sterilize water is that no chemicals are used, the system is mercury-free, and there is no heat transfer to the water.
Features Of Quasar Units From Oasis
Oasis Quasar Water Treatment Fixtures are available as free standing units, modular in-the wall units, combo units, or retrofits. See all of the models available in the table below. This article focuses on the Oasis Quasar Retrofit Kit.
Oasis Quasar UVC-LED Retrofit Kit Features:
- Designed to retrofit Oasis drinking fountain models PG8AC and P8AM
- Disinfects the water as it is being dispensed, reducing 99.9% of pathogens
- Effective against a wide-range of water-borne pathogens, including Legionella, Cryptosporidium, and Giardia
- Disinfects the water without the use of chemicals or altering the taste
- Mercury free
- Freshield: The alcove plastic is manufactured with Oasis’ exclusive silver-based antimicrobial compound
- Extremely low power: UVC-LEDs do not transfer heat to the treated water
- Constant Protection: UVC-LEDs pulse on every 10 minutes to keep the dispense point sanitized
- Fail safe: Prevents water from dispensing if the Quasar unit becomes disconnected or fails
- Long life: UVC-LEDs will last 10 years or more
Purchase Quasar Units
The Oasis Quasar UVC-LED Retrofit Kit is available in both filtered and non-filtered models listed below.
Part #47447 (PWEBQ) Non-Filtered
Part #47448 (PWF2EBQ) Filtered
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