Using Well Water in Pool
The Nice Side of Ozone – For Natural Sanitation Ozone Earns Attention
Ozone is much more than the nasty air pollutant that everyone knows about. It is also the naturally occurring protective layer of ozone in the upper atmosphere. And it is the safest, most powerful natural sanitizing agent we have for a wide range of commercial, industrial, and residential applications.
Ozone generators replace or reduce chemicals in a variety of applications.
Ozone generators turn pure oxygen into powerful and natural ozone that is used to oxidize, sanitize, and purify everything from hot tub water to municipal water. Quite often ozone can eliminate the need for chemicals and at minimum, ozone reduces the need for chemicals. For example, it is common to see a 60-90% reduction of chlorine use in pools and spas that use ozone for water sanitation.
The applications of ozone sanitation have even reached the on-premise laundry industry, where ozone laundering is used to reduce the amount of hot water and detergents needed to clean the laundry at hotels, universities, nursing homes, and more. In doing so, operators are seeing cost savings that deliver returns within several months of use.
The sanitizing power of ozone has proven to be 200 times more powerful than chlorine and, unlike many other forms of sanitation, ozone leaves behind no harmful chemical byproducts. In pools, ozone reduces the chlorine by-product, chloramines, that can cause skin irritations and illness, such as "lifeguard lung." Ozone also oxidizes hydrogen sulfides, iron, manganese, arsenic, and most chlorinated hydrocarbons found in water.
The Centers for Disease Control recognizes ozone.
Ozone is becoming so well accepted that even the soon to be released Model Aquatics Health Code, sponsored by the Center for Disease Control, will include ozone among the two technologies it recommends for supplemental disinfection in public pools to reduce chloramines and fight recreational water illnesses (most notably, cryptosporidium) that chlorine alone cannot handle.
The hot tub industry caught on to ozone long ago and now, more than 80% of all spas use spa ozone generators to maintain clear, purified water. The trick is training hot tub owners to replace their spa ozone generators every 3 years, since the ozone generator will wear out long before the 10-year replacement period of a typical tub.
Ozone's biggest problem is perception.
Probably the biggest problem ozone faces is public perception. When people hear ozone they immediately think "bad." In fact, the opposite is true of most ozone – from the protective layer in the upper atmosphere to the ozone technology used to clean water in zoos, aquariums, hot tubs, pools, and even laundry.
Quick Facts about Ozone Sanitation Technology:
What Does Ozone Do?
Is Ozone Safe?
When properly sized and installed (a simple task), ozone generators are safe for people and the environment.
How is Ozone Being Used Today?
Ozone sanitation technology is being used in a variety of applications today: