What is ozone? And how do we use it?

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Ozone, or O3, as it is commonly called, is primarily formed and concentrated within the stratospheric layer of our atmosphere. You probably know it as the “Ozone Layer”. The creation of ozone is caused by the absorption of short wavelength ultraviolet radiation by oxygen molecules in the stratosphere. As the oxygen molecules (O2) are exposed to these energy fields, they dissociate and split, forming atoms (O1). These wandering oxygen atoms then recombine with other O2 molecules in the air stream, forming ozone (O3).

How is it used?

Ozone is the most powerful oxidizer commercially available that can be safely used in water treatment. Ozone is used in many applications including:

  • Drinking water Ozone molecule picture
  • Swimming pool water
  • Waste water
  • Food and beverage processing water
  • Commercial laundry
  • Odor Control and Air Purification

For more examples go to our Applications page

Ozone is also highly effective in performing the following water treatment functions:

  • Disinfection – Bacterial disinfection, and the inactivation of viruses and cysts.
  • Oxidation of Inorganics – Precipitates iron, manganese, sulfides, nitrites and organically bound heavy metals.
  • Oxidation of Organics – Including organics causing color, taste and odor problems, some detergents and pesticides, phenols, VOCs, turbidity control and micro flocculation of soluble organics.

The life span of ozone is pretty short lived, typically around 30 minutes or so in water, which in turn, requires that ozone be generated on site and used promptly after creation in order to be effective. Ozone generators are manufactured in various sizes, each of which is dependent on the quality and quantity of the water to be treated. The smaller the application, the smaller the ozone generator. The larger the application, the larger the generator needed.
For a detailed list of our ozone generators and their features check out our Products page

– Authored by Juli Watt, Marketing Communications, ClearWater Tech, LLC

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