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RP5       What is Ozone?

  • Ozone is a free radical of oxygen, which readily gives up one atom of oxygen providing a powerful oxidizing agent that is toxic to most waterborne organisms.
  • It is a very strong, broad-spectrum disinfectant widely used in Europe.
  • It is an effective method to inactivate harmful protozoans that form cysts.
  • And works well against almost all other pathogens.


How its produced and why:

Passing oxygen through ultraviolet light, or a cold electrical discharge creates ozone.

To use it as a disinfectant, it must be created on-site and added to the water through bubble contact.

Some of the advantages of it include: the production of fewer dangerous by-products, and the lack of taste and odor produced by ozonation.

Ozone has been used in drinking water plants since 1906. The first industrial ozonation plant was built in Nice, France.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration accepts it as being safe, and apply it as an anti-microbiological agent for the treatment, storage and processing of foods.

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