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Zip helps facilities managers reduce drinking water legionella risk

New HydroTap UltraCare reduces the risk of dispensing legionella and other bacteria in drinking water by 99.9%

Leading drinking water system manufacturer Zip Water has for the first time launched a system designed to reduce the risk of dispensing legionella and other bacteria in drinking water by 99.9%, verified by rigorous independent testing.[1]

Developed specifically for the healthcare and aged care markets, or anywhere additional peace of mind is required, Zip HydroTap UltraCare uses an innovative combination of four protective barriers to provide the ultimate safeguard against waterborne bacteria and viruses. An enhanced version of Zip’s market-leading HydroTap, it delivers instant filtered boiling and chilled water and is set to advance the delivery of drinking water in locations where there is high-risk to end users.

Of the four protective barriers, the first is Zip’s MicroPurity filtration. The 0.2 micron, carbon-free filter reduces cysts by 99.99%, while also ensuring that existing protective levels of chlorine remain in the water supply.

SteriTouch, a market-leading antimicrobial additive that reduces surface bacterial by 99.99%, is the second barrier. It is inside key components within the water path, as well as being embedded in the touch pad of the Classic Plus.

The third barrier is the inclusion of a Zip MicroPurity UV-C LED module for chilled water dispensing. This disinfects water as it is dispensed, reducing the chance of recontamination and common waterborne bacteria.

The final element is the HydroCare service plan,[2] which ensures the HydroTap UltraCare always performs to the highest levels of hygiene, efficiency and reliability with tailored service plans, a bespoke sanitisation regime and filter replacement.

“We’re proud to be able to bring such an important – and called-for – product to the health and care market, which will transform the way they deliver water,” comments Mark Brindley, Product Manager at Zip Water. “Our aim is to support the duty holder within these sensitive environments to control exposure to legionella, as set out in the HSE’s Approved Code of Practice and guidance on regulations.
“Independent tests have demonstrated that this 4-barrier system does exactly what we set out to achieve; to safeguard vulnerable users against possible bacteria found in water systems. Testament to this, HydroTap UltraCare is already receiving positive feedback from users across the world.”

And, because it is a Zip HydroTap, organisations will benefit from environmentally conscious features such as water efficiency – with an air-cooled process which eliminates the need for water in the cooling process, energy efficiency modes and the use of R290 refrigerant gas with zero ozone depletion potential.

HydroTap UltraCare is available with a choice of tap designs; Classic Plus, Touch-Free Wave and Classic Accessibility.

Please click here to visit the HydroTap UltraCare website or call 03456 005005 for more information.

[1] ALS Pty Ltd Testing of the Zip HydroTap UltraCare system efficacy tests

[2] Zip HydroCare is available at an additional cost


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