Accessing Clean Water on the Road: A Guide for RVers
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Traveling by RV requires considerable planning: mapping your route, packing your bags, prepping your vehicle, and picking your campsites are just a few items on the to-do list. And while RVing affords certain luxuries tenting does not, hitting the open road is not without its challenges--one of which is accessing fresh, clean water.

It’s no surprise the last thing you’d want on vacation is to fall ill. Consuming contaminated water places you at risk of vomiting, nausea, rash, diarrhea… all surefire ways to spoil an adventure. Because we are accustomed to potable water at home, consuming foreign water sources that may contain bacteria, viruses, and cysts can make for an uncomfortable travel experience

To protect your health and your holiday, we’ve pulled together some information all RVers should know about on-the-go access to safe drinking water.

Is Campground Water Safe to Drink?

There is sometimes the misconception that all campgrounds are reliable water sources. Of course, many sites do exercise tremendous caution and due diligence, taking the necessary precautions to monitor their equipment and supplies. In fact, most campgrounds will operate their own wells; these wells must be tested and approved before water can be supplied out to the general public.

However, because water purity, quality, and type can drastically differ between campgrounds (even across short distances), assurances from campground management will still leave room for doubt.

Particularly if you are traveling with children, the elderly, or anyone who is or may be pregnant, why take an unnecessary risk and rely on a source of unknown origins? Although it’s true there are a number of visible indicators of poor water quality--bad odour or a cloudy consistency, for example--many more are only found under a microscope. Consider, too, that water quality can change in as little as 96 hours, which means the water you have sloshing around in your RV’s holding tank--no matter how pure it was to begin with--can quickly become a breeding ground for bacteria and other micro-organisms.  

What is the Best Way to Guarantee Water Quality?

Where once travellers could safely sip from fresh mountain streams, today these untreated sources are susceptible to harmful contaminants. A purification system offers peace of mind that the water you use and consume each day is both potable and palatable.

Some travellers might think relying on bottled water is the best approach, but fail to consider that the well water used to wash dishes, countertops, and other high traffic surfaces may be teeming with pesky micro-organisms that can cause illness. Further, plastic water bottles are wasteful, and storing them on board your RV chews up precious space.

Other travellers may choose technologies like reverse osmosis (RO) and UV fluorescent lamps to get the job done. However, these, too, have their shortfalls: both have high power requirements, RO systems waste a significant amount of water, and UV lamps require regular maintenance and replacement.

UV-LED is a cutting-edge technology that addresses these and other competitor weaknesses,  delivering a complete solution you can trust. The advantages of a UV-LED water filtration system are plenty: in addition to effectively treating microbial contamination, it is low maintenance, energy efficient, and eco-friendly. When a UV-LED purification system is installed at the point of use, it ensures you and your fellow travellers will enjoy fresh tasting water, no matter where your spirit for adventure takes you.

Introducing the NEW Acuva Eco Purifier
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At Acuva, we believe a well-designed product is one that offers a real solution to a real problem. Over the years, we’ve spent countless hours chatting to boat, RV, and cottage owners, learning more about their drinking water habits, likes, dislikes, and values.

These conversations inspired our suite of Arrow purifiers. Each system offers a complete water purification solution that is energy efficient, low maintenance, and environmentally friendly.

Today, we are proud to introduce you to the newest addition to our product line-up: the Acuva Eco Purifier.

Designed for Real Life

Success, for us, is about keeping our customers at the heart of our business. Your feedback helped us reimagine our 1L unit’s shape and size, resulting in a smarter, sleeker way to access clean drinking water.

You told us you value trust, and we listened.

We understand how important it is to have peace of mind that the water you serve your friends and family truly is safe to drink. You should never have to question or doubt its cleanliness or quality.

For years, we’ve delivered trusted water purification systems, and the Eco Purifier is no exception. By leveraging the latest in UV-LED technologies, we’ve raised the bar when it comes to safety standards, producing a unit to help you confidently enjoy the great outdoors.

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You told us you value convenience, and we listened.

We’ve designed the Eco Purifier to be durable, low maintenance, and easy on the eye. The system installs alongside your existing tap, offering a seamless integration that won’t clutter your space.

Not sure when your water is ready to drink? The Eco Purifier’s intelligent light indicator makes it easy: a blue light means your system is up, running, and ready to serve clean, fresh-tasting water. 

You told us you value space, and we listened.

At only 9.9” x 3.6” x 1.6”, the Eco Purifier is our smallest form factor yet.

We understand space on board your boat and RV is limited. Designing our product with compactness in mind allows you to reclaim space previously reserved for bulky water storage tanks and flats of bottled water.

Purpose built to fit below your sink, the Eco Purifier eliminates the need for alternative water purification techniques and technologies.

You told us you value performance, and we listened.

The Eco Purifier has a flow rate of 1L (or 0.25 gallons) per minute. Put another way, that works out to two 16oz water bottles every 60 seconds.

We’ve been working behind the scenes with our LED supplier to build ultra-efficient water purification systems. Incorporating new, more powerful LEDs means our system achieves the same result with fewer lights. This not only reduces the unit’s size, but also its power requirements. Unlike UV lamps, our patented UV-LED technology does not require you to keep the system running at all times; instead, the system is only activated when you turn the faucet on, providing purified water on demand.

Our Eco Purifiers are now available--click here to bring one with you on your next adventure.

Does Water Really Expire?
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Does Water Expire?  

Water is one of the most abundant substances on the planet, covering nearly 71% of the earth’s surface. It is also one of, if not the, most vital substances—both for our health and for the health of the environment.

Off-grid RVs, boats, and cottages are faced with the challenge of regular access to safe, potable water. Many North Americans choose to filter water in bulk, housing it in water storage tanks for future use.

In theory, this sounds like a future-proof solution, but it begs an important question: does water expire?

 

Water Storage: The Facts

The short answer to this question is no, water itself does not expire. The expiration date you’ll find on bottled water is more of a regulatory requirement than anything (although plastic has been found to leach impurities over time). However, microbial organisms (bacteria, viruses, germs, and the like) will build up when water sits stagnant and unused. Those of you who leave a glass of tap water on your bedside table overnight may have noticed its taste will change over the course of as little as 12 hours. This is caused by carbon dioxide and airborne bacteria mixing with the water and tampering with its pH.

Of course, storage tanks are sealed containers, but does this variable eliminate the problem? A peer-reviewed study by the American Water Works Association compared four water tanks of different materials. Their goal was to better understand exactly how water’s chemistry changes when it is stored over a span of time.

Here’s what the researchers found:

  • Water quality can change in as few as 96 hours – Within 4 to 7 days, the chemical characteristics of tank water shifted dramatically. These changes were attributed largely to a loss of chlorine and an increase in pH, both of which lead to an increase of HPCs (heterotrophic plat counts, used to measure the overall bacteriological quality of drinking water).

  • Non-continuous water flow negatively impacts water quality – With high HPC measurements comes an increase in bacterial species, something that may be attributed to bacteria’s ability to slowly grow under low-nutrient water conditions.

The tanks themselves come with a separate set of needs: to optimize effectiveness, water storage tanks must be fabricated using high-integrity materials, and undergo regular inspection and cleaning. It’s no surprise, then, that AWWA recommends the public limit traditional water storage methods, and instead consider alternative options.

 

UV-LED: A Better, Safer Way to Purify Water

Public health (an umbrella term which includes water safety) has added 25 years to the life expectancy of people in the United States in the 20th century. It’s safe to say we’ve come a long way, and technological advances are helping us continually raise the bar for the standards to which we hold our drinking water.

Because water is cleanest at the point of use, purification methods that work immediately prior to consumption are the safest, most reliable way to guarantee potable water. Technologies like ultraviolet (UV) and light emitting diodes (LED) have both proven their ability to eliminate potentially harmful microorganisms, and joining these two techniques provides safe and reliable drinking water. Learn more about this water purification technology here

Plastic will Exceed Fish in Sea by 2050
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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.

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.

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Technology Driving Environmental Sustainability

Learn how Acuva technology is contributing towards environmental sustainability.

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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