Ozone is a natural component of the earths upper atmosphere where it is primarily formed photo chemically. It contains three atoms of oxygen (O3) instead of the usual two found in normal oxygen (O2) that is essential for life. It can be recognized by the clean, fresh odour of air after an electrical thunderstorm, which is the result of low levels of ozone gas produced by lightning. Additionally, ozone is the strongest commercially available disinfectant, yet very safe, and over 3000 times faster than chlorine for purifying water and is more effective for elimination of e.coli, Gardia, Legionnella and Cryptosporidium.Ozone is the second most powerful oxidant known and the naturally occurring level not only protects all life from the harmful effects of solar ultraviolet radiation but also is very effective at destroying bacteria, viruses and odours.Ozone has been commercially used since 1893 when the first full-scale drinking water treatment application was implemented.
Today, it is used in thousands of water treatment applications including the treatment of municipal water and wastewater, cooling towers, ultra pure water, marine aquaria, beverage industries, industrial process water, swimming pools, bottled water plants, aquaculture, food processing and effluent treatment.
Apart from destroying all known bacteria, viruses, fungi and mould in any water it is used to treat, ozone also removes iron, manganese, heavy metals, cyanide, phenols and Sulphides, as well as soaps, oils and greases and it controls the taste, colour and odour of water.Ozone is very possibly the most powerful and effective eliminator of smoke and odours. Ozone eliminates tobacco smoke, its impurities or Phenol gasses, and odours from cooking, pets, mold, mildew and often the sources of household odours.Hotels and restaurants that have high standards of hygiene and health particularly use ozone generators. Hotels and restaurants will find a portable ozone generator invaluable for performing deodorizing functions where nothing else would work.Ozone units are used for various areas in the hotel including the kitchen, lounge, bars, bathrooms, rest rooms, offices, bedrooms and garbage rooms.In homes, veterinary hospitals / clinics, offices and kennels, ozone can take care of odorous surfaces and make the presence of animals hardly noticeable.Odours and bacteria are significantly reduced by ozone in washrooms. Noxious airborne chemicals and surface bacteria cause unpleasant and harmful odours. Ozone not only deodorizes washrooms effectively, it also kills the germs that can lurk on surfaces such as taps and toilets.