Plastic will Exceed Fish in Sea by 2050
Image: The New Plastics Economy

Image: The New Plastics Economy

Here's some food for thought. Can you imagine a world where there are more plastic than fish in the ocean? According to a study by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, this could be a reality in our lifetime.

Current plastic production has increased by a factor of 20 in the last 50 years. In fact, every year the plastic waste created is equivalent to dumping the contents of one garbage truck into the ocean every single minute. Also, did you know that only 5% of current plastic wastes such as water bottles are properly recycled? While there is a huge opportunity of improvement in awareness and process of recycling, we believe the best way of reducing plastic water bottle is through alternative methods.

Many marine boat owners have expressed their concerns over the inconvenience of carrying plastic water bottles. As such, we strive to play our part in building a sustainable future for generations to come. We believe that the convenience of safe drinking water and the reduction of plastic waste can be intertwined with advancements in the proven technology of UV-LED.

Does Water Really Expire?

No, we're not talking about the water itself, but rather the microbial organisms (i.e. bacteria, viruses, germs) that can build up from water storage tanks in homes, cottages, boats, recreational vehicles (RVs), you name it. The real question is, does water have an expiration date? And if so, how soon?

A peer-reviewed research study conducted by the American Water Works Association observed and compared four separate water tanks, each with varying materials such as polyethylene and fiberglass, to see if there are changes to the chemistry of water stored over a span of time. Here are some of the notable findings:

  • Storage Time vs Water Quality - Results showed that the water underwent significant changes in its chemical characteristics after being stored for as little as 4 to 7 days, mostly due to the loss of chlorine residual and the increase of pH resulting in an increase in HPCs (Heterotrophic Plate Counts, used to measure the overall bacteriological quality of drinking water) 
  • Non-Continuous Flow vs Water Quality - The study suggests that the increase in bacterial species from the high HPC measurement may be attributed to their ability to grow slowly under low-nutrient water conditions. This suggests that either water storage should be minimized, or an alternative way to pursue clean water is necessary.

At Acuva, we believe that the cleanest water is at the point of use, meaning that water should be purified just before you drink. Think about it, we demand the freshest of our food, and we all want to dig into our deliciously prepped dinner the moment it is ready. When we store filtered water in water storage tanks, we are essentially refrigerating our freshly-cooked dinner and microwaving it later.

With the emergence and proven technology of ultraviolet (UV) and light emitting diode (LED), the combining effects (UV-LED) provide safe drinking water while minimizing power usage, maintenance and maximizing longevity. Click here to learn more about the future of water purification, and our solutions.

How Fresh is that Water in Your Tank?

We’re in the depths of winter and, unless you are a snowbird and already have escaped the cold for warmer climes down south, you’ve likely drained your water tank and winterized your RV. Soon it will be time to start thinking about getting your RV ready for another season of memories built upon those long, warm evenings that make camping so special.

As you prepare, you need to think about the quality of the water in your water tank. Even if you drained it, chances are there has been moisture in the tank during the winter months. And you can just imagine what grows in such an environment over the course of four or five months. And all of those contaminants are going to mix with the water you add to your tank. Untreated, your RV water tank is a mobile petri dish!

So what do you do to ensure you and your family have access to quality drinking water? While there are various options on the market, they all have their deficiencies. UV-LED technology has emerged as a proven method for water purification. With the Acuva Arrow Essential you will have access to fresh drinking water, whether from your water tank or the RV park’s water supply. That means you have safe & convenient drinking when you need it, no matter where you are.

Learn about the benefits of UV-LED technology when it comes to providing you with safe & convenient drinking water.

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It's Boat Show Season... We're Going! Are you?

Well, it is that time of year again. That time when the calendar fills up with boat shows across North America. It is a great opportunity for boat owners check out the latest in manufacturing and technology as they try to shake off those winter blues with thoughts of sun glistening down on them while out on the water.

There is always great information shared at these events for both novices and experts alike. And we’re glad to be part of the experience, showcasing our innovative approach to ensuring safe & convenient drinking water while you are enjoying time on your boat with family and friends.

Acuva will have a presence at the

· Vancouver Boat Show (Jan 18-22) – Booth 445

· Toronto Boat Show (Jan 20-29)

· Seattle Boat Show (Jan 27-Feb 4)

We will also be represented at the Montreal Boat Show (Feb 2-5) and the Halifax Boat Show (Feb 9-12) by our partners .

Drop by and learn about the benefits of UV-LED technology when it comes to providing you with safe & convenient drinking water.

Derek LeungComment
Technology Driving Environmental Sustainability

Learn how Acuva technology is contributing towards environmental sustainability.

Photo by Smithore/iStock / Getty Images

At Acuva one of our design principles is “eco-friendly”. Yes, lots of companies have green initiatives and establish recycling targets for employees to achieve. We think all of that is important and required for any company.

For us, the eco-friendly design principle is not only engrained in our company culture, but also dictates our approach to R&D and product development.

By harnessing the power of UV-LED technology to create the next generation of water purification systems, we are using technology to make a positive impact on the environment we all enjoy. Because of our on-demand water purification systems, we are helping to reduce the reliance on plastic water bottles.

And there are some scary stats when it comes to the consumption of water from plastic bottles. The Water Project recently shared data showing that:

  • U.S. landfills are already overflowing with more than two million tons of discarded plastic water bottles.
  • It takes approximately 3 liters of water to produce a 1 liter plastic water bottle.
  • Over 1.5 million barrels of oil are required to meet the demand of U.S. water bottle manufacturing. More than is required to power a city of 100,000 for an entire year.

We believe everyone should have access to safe & convenient drinking water and technology is allowing us to provide a more environmentally friendly alternative to the commonly used plastic water bottle.

The lifespan of a single Acuva Arrow Essential product is equivalent to the consumption of 1.2 million plastic water bottles! And given that over 80% of all single-use water bottles are never actually recycled, the use of one Acuva product will result in 960,000 plastic bottles never ending up in landfills. Now, that’s eco-friendly!

And this is just the beginning. As our R&D and product development teams expand the applicability of UV-LED technology, there is much more we can do with UV-LED technology to drive environmental sustainability. Stay tuned!

Derek Leung
New Year. New Presence.

We are excited… and why shouldn’t we be?

As we continue to drive forward our vision of everyone having access to safe drinking water with the design of next generation of water purification systems, we have also unveiled the next generation of our website.

We believe our new website reinforces our design principles of safe & convenient, proven technology and eco-friendly.

So what are these design principles? Well, they not only shape our company culture here at Acuva, but also our approach to R&D and product development. After much discussion and debate of our vision and where we want to take Acuva, we settled on the following design principles, which are reflective of both our philosophy and future vision:

Safe & Convenient

Proven Technology

  • We are taking established UV and LED technologies to the next level. The result? Acuva is providing a proven and safe alternative for water purification.

Eco-Friendly

We’d love to hear from you about these design principles and our new website. Questions, ideas, comments? Feel free to send us feedback at info@acuvatech.com.

Derek Leung