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Following major outbreaks in Northampton, Galway, Utah and New York Cryptosporidium has become a major concern for the leisure industry. Commonly found in lakes and rivers, Cryptosporidium has a thick outer shell, making it highly resistant to traditional methods of chemical disinfection such as chlorine, vastly increasing the risk of infection and illness, that can often prove fatal in the young and elderly. Due to the resistant nature of Cryptosporidium and the scale of health problems caused, the need for increased protection is now at the top of the agenda. With traditional methods failing to provided adequate protection, atg UV's range of technologically advanced water treatment systems are becoming the obvious choice for water treatment engineers committed to resolving this threat. So large was the scale of the problem in New York, where approximately 4,000 patrons of an aquatic facility became infected with Cryptosporidium, and consequently took out legal action. The New York Department of Health was forced to re-think their entire water treatment strategy. Calling upon their experience in the drinking water industry to find a solution to the growing threat, they concluded that the risk of an outbreak could be greatly reduced by the use of "Ultraviolet treatment systems." Section 6-3.11 section 3 of the New York water safety regulation states:- "Ultraviolet light disinfection is required in addition to an approved Chemical disinfectant." Working closely with atg UV, the New York Department of Health invested in a range of state-of-the-art UV treatment systems to safeguard public health. Additionally, atg UV biodose tested a number of UV systems, gaining regulatory approval for their effectiveness against Cryptosporidium and other water borne pathogens. Ultimately the inclusion of UV treatment systems is now firmly entrenched within New York's water safety legislation for range of leisure facilities . A decision already being investigated and adopted by forward thinking companies in the UK leisure industry keen to avoid the costly ramifications associated with an outbreak. atg UV, with over 25yrs of experience and achievement, is a world leader in Ultraviolet technology. Strong commitment to innovation and development means that atg's range of UV products offers customers the best choice available when quality, reliability and consistency need to come as standard. The full range of atg UV disinfection systems, plus service, support and spares are available now from atg UV Technology and distributors worldwide. For more information please email

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