What is Ozone?
Ozone is "active oxygen", nature's special molecule (an ozone molecule consists of three oxygen atoms).
Ozone is created in nature by the combination of oxygen in the air and ultraviolet rays or by the electrical discharge during a lightning storm.
Ozone is a natural purifier (meaning no harmful chemical by-products are created during purification)
Ozone has a clean, fresh scent noticed after a rainstorm.
Ozone is the most powerful oxidizer that can be safely used in a swimming pool or spa.
Ozone is the alternative water purifier to traditional pool/spa chemicals such as chlorine and bromine.
What Does Ozone Do?
Ozone is an unstable compound generated by the exposure of oxygen molecules to a high energy electrical discharge. The weak bond holding ozone's third oxygen atom is what causes the molecule to be unstable and thus, very effective.
An oxidation reaction occurs upon any collision between an ozone molecule and a molecule of an oxidizable substance (i.e. bacteria, fungi (mould & yeast), viruses, forms of iron & manganese).
The weak bond splits off leaving oxygen as a by-product. During an oxidation reaction, organic molecules are changed and dissolved metals are made no longer soluble.
Where is Ozone Used?
Ozone is used in a wide variety of industries worldwide.
Ozone has been used in municipal water systems, wastewater plants and commercial & residential pools and spas for years.
The first water purification plant for human consumption was built in Nice, France in 1906.
Ozone is used in water parks, zoos and aquariums.
Since June 26, 2001, the FDA has allowed the use of Ozone as a direct food additive.
Ozone can safely be used as on food equipment surfaces during the manufacture of food products.
Ozone is used to remove offensive odours from fires and other smells.
Ozone is used as the final purifcation step in most bottled water plants.