Our water is never 100% pure. Therefore, it is a bit misguided to believe that there is such a thing as truly “pure” water. Water is, after all, a universal solvent. The minute it is exposed to the environment, it is already contaminated with countless compounds, whether organic or inorganic.
While not all contaminants are harmful to health, there are many that are toxic for human consumption. For this reason, water treatment systems are needed in order to remove these harmful contaminants, thereby ensuring that the water you consume is safe and clean.
There are many different types of treatment systems used. Depending on the type of water to be treated, you may use any one of these systems in order to treat your water. One such method of removing contaminants from your water supply is ozone water treatment.
What is ozone?
Ozone (O3) is a colorless, odorless gas. As a highly reactive gas, ozone reacts with whatever it meets. Because of this, ozone is used extensively for cleaning and disinfection purposes. Ozone is so reactive that corrodes whatever it comes into contact with. As such, although ozone can be a very effective disinfectant and cleaning agent, it can also cause great damage once it comes into contact with living tissue.
So why use ozone to treat water?
The reason is simple: ozone is the best biocide you can find. Its high level of reactivity makes it the perfect agent to use in water treatment systems. Ozone has the ability to kill bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microorganisms found in water. It can also prevent scale build up that is one of the problems caused by hard water.
Countless Center for Disease Control studies show that ozone kills legionella, a type of bacteria that commonly grows in operating cooling towers. Every known test case reveals that the introduction of ozone in cooling towers result in water with bacteria counts that are low enough to meet drinking water quality standards. Moreover, ozone is also shown to have a positive impact on corrosion, which can be very damaging to heat transfer surfaces.
The primary advantage of ozone water treatment is its ability to destroy microorganisms found in water. Biological films are one of the main problems of our water supply today. By controlling the biological environment of water systems, an ozone water treatment system ensures that water is free of harmful contaminants, such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, and the like.
Moreover, ozone water treatment systems addresses the second issue of scale build up. As a scale inhibitor, ozone helps increase the efficiency of heat transfer surfaces. This makes the system very useful in industrial applications, especially those that use water as a heating agent or a coolant.