Ozone Fact Sheet
What is ozone?
Generated from sunlight, ultraviolet rays and lightning, ozone is often referred to as "nature’s
disinfectant".
In fact, many people notice that ozone has a distinctive sweet odor, similar to the
smell after a summer rainstorm, this is because lightning is one way ozone is produced in
nature.
Ozone has been proven to have a much higher disinfection potential compared to all other
disinfectants available for use today.
It can effectively kill viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites, including those causing
food spoilage or human diseases.
How is ozone different from chemical treatments?
Ozone destroys microorganisms instantly and effectively without leaving harmful residue in
treated food or processing water. Therefore, ozone is safer and environmentally friendlier than
most other antimicrobials. For example, ozone kills bacteria 3,125 times faster than chlorine.
Is using ozone technology safe?
Yes. Unlike other water treatment processes, oxidation is a natural, chemical-free process that
produces zero wastewater and leaves behind oxygen molecules like the ones in the air we
breathe.
Thousands of cities worldwide including London, Moscow, Paris, Singapore, Los Angeles,
and Milwaukee, to name a few, have been using ozone water treatment systems for many
years.
Most top water bottling companies also rely heavily on ozone technology to disinfect bottles
and provide clean, safe water for consumers.
What is the chemical makeup of ozone?
A molecule of “normal” oxygen is
comprised of two atoms of oxygen
bonded together (O2).
Ozone (O3) is created by adding a third
oxygen atom to the oxygen molecule.
As the newly formed ozone molecule is
used up, (either by attacking impurities
or through normal degradation), it is
changed back to normal oxygen, leaving
no harmful by-products in your water.
Ozone has been proven to have a much higher disinfection potential compared to all other
disinfectants available for use today. Ozone is completely natural and occurs in the
environment every day.
Where can ozone water treatment be used most effectively?
Ozone treatment can be used for a wide variety of applications. Commercial uses of ozone
include purification of drinking water, sterilization of medical instruments and devices,
decontamination of fresh produce, and food preservation. Ozone also is useful in removing
odors, in air as well as in drinking water.
How is using ozone with a carbon filter system effective?
Carbon filters can be used very effectively with ozone generators. Carbon filters remove large
particles such as lead, copper and other sediments from turbid water. Ozone gas is injected into
the filtered water, naturally killing bacteria to produce the purest form of water. This water can
be used for many applications such as decontamination of produce, countertops and other
surfaces, baby bottles, and of course for drinking.
How are ozone treatment systems different from other methods?
Ozone is most effective in killing bacteria and disinfecting than any other method including
reverse osmosis, ultraviolet light, and regular filtration. Ozone treatment systems are also
much simpler to use than other methods, and in most cases, do not require multiple pieces of
equipment.
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