How Does Ozone Work?

Ozone is a triatomic molecule consisting of three oxygen atoms, which occurs naturally in the stratosphere and benefits both plants and animals by preventing damaging ultraviolet light from reaching the Earth’s surface. Ozone is made artificially by passing oxygen through ultraviolet light or a “cold” electrical discharge which causes oxygen molecules (O2) to split apart in a process called photolysis. When one of the freed atoms collides with another O2 molecule, it joins up forming ozone (O3). Ozone readily gives up one atom of oxygen resulting in a powerful oxidizing agent that is toxic to most waterborne organisms and decays to ordinary oxygen in less than an hour in atmospheric conditions. Ozone is also a very strong, broad spectrum disinfectant that is an effective method to inactivate harmful protozoa and also works well against almost all other pathogens. Ozone is used by many municipal drinking water systems to kill bacteria instead of the more common chlorine. Ozonization is a preferred solution for killing microorganisms in water because it leaves no residue in the water after treatment and has the additional advantages of high oxidation potential, fewer dangerous by-products and the absence of taste and odor problems associated with chlorination. To use ozone as a disinfectant, it must be created on-site and added to the water by bubble contact. Ozone has many other industrial and consumer oxidation. Ozone is used to:

  • Disinfect laundry in hospitals, food factories and care homes facilities
  • Deodorize air and objects, such as after a fire or during fabric restoration
  • Kill bacteria on food or on contact surfaces
  • Sanitize swimming pools and spas
  • Kill insects in stored grain
  • Scrub yeast and mold spores from the air in food processing plants
  • Wash fresh fruits and vegetables to kill yeast, mold and bacteria
  • Attack iron, arsenic, hydrogen sulfide, nitrates and complex organics in water
  • Provide an aid to filtration
  • Manufacture chemical compounds via chemical synthesis
  • Clean and bleach fabrics
  • Assist in processing plastics
  • Age rubber samples to determine the useful life of a batch of rubber
  • Eradicate water borne parasites in surface water treatment plants
  • Detoxify cyanide wastes to carbon dioxide from gold and silver mining
  • Kill or neutralize all bacteria in operating rooms between surgeries

Ozone Water Systems, Inc. has been designing, installing and servicing ozone systems globally since 1994. We are factory trained in a multitude of ozone equipment and are able to provide sales, parts as well as offer in-house or on-site repair service for all these units. The next time that you need help with ozone – information, service or assistance with a project – please feel free to give us a call.

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