Ozone is an incredibly safe agent to use for
Water Purification. Like anything we use today, there are some
safety factors to
take into account, whether you are ozonating water to drink,
ozonating water for your swimming pool, hot tub, or fish pond.
Ozone is safe to use as long as sufficient safety procedures
have been taken into consideration.
The main safety procedure is to make sure that high concentrations
of ozone gas is not released into the room or building as it
will have a negative impact on people, pets, and plants. Ozone
is an irritant to the lungs, eyes, and mucosal tissues. You
need to ensure that the ozone is always contained or destroyed.
you are ozonating water to drink, you need to ensure that
the ozone gas is destroyed as it leaves the water. Some people
may like the idea of ozonating just one glass of water at a
time, but that ozone coming out of the glass after it has been
through the water needs to be destroyed. Make sure the manufacturer
has provided you with a way to collect and destroy this ozone
gas before it is released into the room around you.
systems for pools should be designed to remove the gas bubbles
from the water before it is returned to the
Usually the water containing the gas bubbles is sent into
an offgassing tank, where the water drops to the bottom of
tank and the gas comes to the top. The gas is then vented
top of the tank and destroyed by an ozone destroyer.
Any system producing a gas has the potential to ‘suck back’ or
create a vacuum when turned off, or if conditions change
in the system. So, all ozone generators designed to produce ozone for
water purification are susceptible to ‘backflow’ of
the water into the ozone generator itself.
Trap: The most common method to prevent backflow is the
which is a vessel that will trap water
if it tries
to return to the ozone generator, essentially stopping
the water from moving backwards to the ozone generator.
Valves: In all other industries (that use flowing gas
that is not ozone) Check Valves are the most common
way to stop
water from flowing backwards. Unfortunately Check Valves
are easily oxidized by highly concentrated ozone and
they will fail.
Relying on a Check Valve only is a recipe for disaster,
because the check valve will be oxidized by the ozone,
it will fail,
and water may then be allowed to enter the ozone generator.
For this reason, the preferred method is the Water Trap.
wish to use a check valve in spite of this information
should ensure that a high quality Water Trap is used
as a backup.
That’s it? No concerns about toxicity of
ozone or residuals left in the water after ozonation? No. Ozone
is a safe, non-toxic
agent perfect for water purification.
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