Ozone and Water

Ozone is a naturally occurring gas that is an extremely effective bactericide and has the ability, in many cases, to alter the chemistry of toxic chemicals and gases rendering them non-toxic. It is oxygen with an extra molecule i.e. O3. It protects us from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. We smell it after a thunderstorm or any other heavy electrical discharge. Ozone is not good to breathe in any but the smallest amounts, as it is 3,500 times more caustic than chlorine, but disburses within a very few minutes when exposed to the air.

Air to Water Technologies uses ozone to keep its water free of pollutants or toxins the machine may ingest, generally at 10ppm. We have done extensive testing in the most toxic environment we had access to, a commercial welding shop.

We insure no unsafe amount of ozone is present in either drawn water or exhaust air. Water bottlers use ozone before each bottle is sealed.

The EPA has done substantial research in this area. It made the following statement:

"Sporular bacteria forms are always far more resistant to ozone disinfect ion than vegetative forms (Bablon, et Al., 1991), but all are easily destroyed by relatively low levels of ozone."

Military grade anthrax spores are typically so tiny filters larger than 1 micron cannot trap them. We have located 0.25-micron carbon block filters and can have them incorporated into our hardware. Presently we have no reason to believe we cannot kill this spore, but have no data to prove it. However, we believe our system will bathe any trapped spores with freshly ozonated water and kill them.

We are working with several microbiological laboratories within the USA. None have access to the military grade anthrax spore. However they say they have a similar bacillus spore, which is close relative to anthrax, and if we can kill that strain we can kill any spore. Test results will be published as soon as possible. All the microbiologists are optimistic.

More information can be found at: www.epa.gov/safewater/mdbp/alternative_disinfectants_guidance.pdf (section 3)