About Ultraviolet Light

IMF and Custom UV for

Large Flow Applications

WMT can custom engineer UV applications to meet almost any requirement. WMT's IMF UV is low head, modular and scalable. The IMF is ideal for intake to fish hatcheries or in reuse or recycle systems. We offer UV systems in many configurations, from IMF UV units coupled with Hydrotech Microscreen filters for intake filtration or RAS, to custom drop-in units to match to existing infrastructure such as concrete inlet head channels at state and federal hatcheries. WMT UV systems can be fabricated in Aluminum, Stainless Steel, FRP and PVC. Please contact WMT with your custom UV requirements.

How Ultraviolet Technology Works

UV Technology is both the oldest and one of the very latest technologis used to disinfect fluids. The method is based on the natural disinfectant action of the sun's rays. UV lamps imitate the disinfecting rays of the sun. Our [Ultraaqua] UV Systems produce the same ultraviolet germicidal rays, just thousands of times stronger. No bacteria, viruses, molds or their spores can withstand this treatment

The reaction time between the UV irradiation and the organism to be killed is very short and does not create any byproducts at all. The water quality, both physical and chemical, remains identical before and after treatment using the UV technique. The UV disinfection can therefore take place at any conceivable and necessary place in a system.

True UV Performance

UV is a spectrum of light that is just below the visible range to the human eye. The UV-C spectrum (185-280nm) is known as the germicidal spectrum because it is the region that contains the peak germicidal wavelength (260nm)

The UV units for water treatment consist of a specialized low pressure lamp with Mercury indium amalgam filling that produces ultraviolet radiation at 254nm, very close to the optimum at 260nm.

Compared to the low-pressure lamps, the medium-pressure lamps are poor producers of usable germicidal wavelengths. Medium pressure lamps generally only convert up to 10% of their input watts into usable UV-C watt, whilst amalgam low pressure lamps can be up to 40% efficient. There has been a drastic rise in market share for "low-pressure, high-intensity" amalgam lamps in the past few years. This has been primarily driven by the need for higher electrically efficient lamps (thus lower electrical operating costs) and the growing awareness in using "green" technologies to reduce carbon footprint.

The UV lamp never contacts the water; it is placed in a quartz sleeve inside the reactor. The lamp is mounted so that water can pass through a flow chamber, and UV rays are admitted and absorbed into the stream. The contact temperature between water and quartz is low and almost no deposits will build up on the sleeve, typically saving customer expenses to a quartz cleaning device. Low pressure lamps generally have a useful life up to 2 years of operation. The electropolished reactors are more than 30 times more corrosion-resistant than a surface that is only passivated [Production Machining, Electropolishing Returns to the Surface, Sep. 2005 ].

UV Dose and Sizing

Sizing of a UV system is affected by three variables: flow rate, lamp power, and UV transmittance in the water. The radiation dose is a measure of the biological effect of the UV irradiation. The effect depends on the organism to be killed. The measurement is expressed in mWs cm 2 and/or mJ cm 2.

Transmission is the capacity of a substance to allow UV light to pass through it, as measured across 1cm of liquid. When light irradiates the water, the water absorbs part of the radiation. This also means that the disinfectant effect is reduced as the radiation lessens. Disinfection is not the only UV application.



  • Polychromatic spectrum Monochromatic spectrum
  • Power density app. 100-500 W/cm Power density app. 0,5-5,5 W/cm
  • Power levels 0.5 – 50 kWPower levels 0-800 W
  • Effeciency 32-40%
  • Lamp life times 8.000-16.000 H
  • Lamp surface temperatures 40-120 °C



  • Polychromatic spectrum
  • Power density app. 100-500 W/cm
  • Power levels 0.5 – 50 kW
  • Effeciency 7-15%
  • Lamp life times 1.000-8.000 H
  • Lamp surface temperatures 600-800°C

A Few UltraAqua UV Product Photos