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How Ozone Contributes to National Water Quality Month August 16 2017, 0 Comments

 

Here at A2Z Ozone, we love holidays. This August, we are celebrating National Water Quality Month. Ozone treatment is a process commonly used to treat the water we drink everyday. This includes both bottled water and wastewater.

There are many advantages to consider when drinking water that has been treated with ozone. The use of ozone does not add chemicals to the water and is still a stronger disinfectant than chlorine. The oxidizing properties also eliminate unwanted tastes or odors that could be caused by a variety of reasons. Water & Wastes Digest reported ozone is used in more than 2,000 installations worldwide to treat drinking water.

 What does water quality mean?

There are many measures the EPA uses to determine water quality. The EPA first released the Water Quality Standards Handbook in 1983 and has done revisions over the years to keep the standards at the highest level of quality. Last updated in 2012, the handbook lists these as important criteria to meet quality water standards. The criteria used, according to Michigan State University, is as follows:

  • "Aquatic life criteria -- These values are based on how much of a certain chemical can be present in a water body before it may harm plant or animal life. The aquatic life criteria have been designed to protect both freshwater and saltwater organism’s exposure in both the short and long term."

  • "Human health criteria -- Pollutants can harm human health if people eat seafood or drink from contaminated water. Based on EPA research, values for this criteria outline how much of a specific pollutant can be in surface water before it may harm human health."

  • "Microbial/Recreational criteria -- Because bacteria or other pathogens can make surface water unsafe for human use, this criteria was developed to provide safe values for recreational activities, such as swimming."

  • "Biological criteria -- This criteria is being developed to provide indications about water quality based on what kinds and how many organisms are present in the water."

  • "Sediment and bedded sediment criteria guidance -- A variety of organisms, including worms and plants, live in the sediment at the bottom of rivers and lakes. These organisms can ingest pollutants found in the sediment or water column. Then the pollutant works its way up the food chain to threaten larger animals and humans. Since the food chain can be a conduit to pollution, the EPA has developed guidelines for the development of criteria on suspended and bedded sediment."

There are also state-specific water standards. Find out how the Clean Water Act impacts your state here.

Sources:

https://www.wwdmag.com/disinfection/overview-ozone-water-wastewater-treatment

http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/august_is_national_water_quality_month_part_one

https://www.epa.gov/dwregdev/how-epa-regulates-drinking-water-contaminants#standards

http://www.water-research.net/index.php/ozonation

https://burst.shopify.com/photos/water-in-hand 


Best Way to Grow and Protect Your Agriculture June 29 2017, 0 Comments

Ozone in Agriculture – A2Z Ozone, Inc.

Ozonating water can provide users with many benefits. Whether it’s drinking ozonated water to boost oxygen levels in the bloodstream or washing vegetables with ozonated water to extend shelf life, ozone has numerous applications in our everyday lives. However, did you know that ozone can also be used in agriculture to boost the yield of crops? Let’s take a look at the benefits of using ozone in agriculture!

Protection

When crops are infected by disease, the results can be very detrimental to farmers. Irrigation using ozonated water helps protect crops against these contagious diseases by eliminating any harmful microorganisms on the plants. Ozonated water destroys bacteria, viruses, and fungi, which are difficult to fight using other alternative methods.

 

Better Growth

Since ozonated water has a higher concentration of oxygen than regular water, irrigating with ozone can promote better growth. The ozonated water that is used is free of viruses, bacteria, and any other microorganisms. By using ozonated water, crops can thrive in the best conditions possible, obtaining faster growth and better yield!

Environmental Friendly

Although pesticides and chemical agents can be used to disinfect crops, the residual chemicals left by these methods can be harmful to consumers of the produce. When using ozonated water to irrigate crops, the only byproduct is oxygen! After ozone disinfects and destroys microorganisms on the crops, it decomposes back to oxygen, leaving no harmful material behind.


How Does Ozone Work? June 27 2017, 0 Comments

How Does Ozone Work? – A2Z Ozone, Inc.

What is it?

Simply speaking, ozone is just another form of the oxygen that we breathe every day. However, instead of two atoms, ozone possesses an unstable third oxygen atom. This extra atom can oxidize any organic material, making ozone one of the most powerful oxidants in the world. Because of its oxidizing power, ozone is frequently used to eliminate contaminants such as bacteria, viruses, and odors.

Ozone (trioxygen, O3) molecule, chemical structure..

 

How is it Produced?

Ozone can be produced both naturally and scientifically. In nature, ozone is created when ultraviolet rays from the sun split oxygen (O2) molecules into two unstable atoms: O2 and O1. The loose O1 atoms that is being oxidized then bonds with other oxygen (O2) molecules to form ozone (O3). Another natural way ozone is formed is through the high energy contained within electrical discharges. Have you ever noticed the clean, sweet smell after a thunderstorm? That refreshing smell is the result of ozone that is produced by the electrical discharges from lightning.  In additional to its natural occurrences, ozone can also be reproduced scientifically in controlled quantities through corona discharge. By applying high voltage to a metallic grid sandwiched between two dielectrics, ozone generators can produce safe amounts of ozone that can be used to eliminate contaminants.

 

 

How Does It Work?

As mentioned, ozone contains a highly unstable third oxygen atom. When ozone gas is introduced to an environment with any organic contaminants, it gives off its third oxygen atom to oxidize them. This atom attaches to the contaminants and eliminates everything in the air, leaving only oxygen molecules. This is the major reason why ozone is preferred as an oxidant to other chemicals, because it does not leave any type of residual chemical. The only byproduct of ozone oxidation is clean, fresh air!



References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozone

http://www.ozoneapplications.com/products/Residential/q&a_ozone.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corona_discharge


Myths About Ozone Generators June 20 2017, 0 Comments

Myths About Ozone Generators by A2Z Ozone, Inc.

What you first need to understand is that ozone is a chemical compound, O3, that has the power to oxidize just about everything, except large particles. Let’s take a look at what some of our customers believe about ozone generators.

Any air ozone generator will kill mold and mildew, and remove smoke damage out of a room or home.

This statement just isn’t true. The ozone generator must produce 7,000 mg per hour of ozone for it to work on these tough complaints. A lighter weight machine will freshen your air temporarily.

One treatment with an air ozone generator will keep mold and mildew away.

Sometimes, more than one treatment is needed, depending on the infestation.

We recommend treating a room gradually, until you reach the needed amount of time. Below is a chart that can help you see what I mean.

 

It is safe to be in the room with a 3,000-mg ozone generator.

I warn users to place a machine this strong out of the living areas, away from pets, plants, and people. Exposure to too much ozone can cause permanent damage to your lungs.

Ozone is safe for all the materials in my pool.

You must ensure that all your equipment is ozone resistant. Please see this explanation:

 

Ozone Resistance Levels - Ozone Compatibility



Aqua 6 Water Application Run times March 10 2017, 0 Comments

Aqua-6 Water Application Run times

Here are some ways you can use your Aqua 6 in different  water Application settings


How Ozone Can Improve Your Breakfast March 03 2017, 0 Comments

Small white coffee cup filled with raspberries

 How Ozone Can Improve Your Breakfast - A2Z Ozone, Inc.

Do you wake up on some mornings thinking about what to eat for breakfast? You need something healthy or maybe you are someone who regularly loves fresh fruit or vegetables in the morning. Some daily issues we are faced with is cost and shelf life of our fresh produce. Some produce stays fresh longer than a cup of raspberries, and some of us that enjoy these with cereal or pancakes frequently, find that it can’t stay fresh a long time. Buying in bulk is not a good option in some cases.

Maybe you heard of ozone treatment or currently use an ozone generator to wash your produce. It is not only extending shelf life up to three weeks on some produce depending on conditions and storage, but it removes bacteria, viruses, E. coli, and your fruits and vegetables taste fresh. “Research and commercial applications have indicated that ozone can replace chlorine with more benefits. In 1997, ozone was self-affirmed as Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) as a disinfectant for foods by an independent panel of experts sponsored by EPRI. This self-affirmation was timely for the produce industry in light of the President’s Fruit and Vegetable Safety Initiative. The produce industry is successfully using ozone all over the world.” (Ozone Safe Food Technologies, Inc.)  In 2000, FDA and USDA approval was granted.

To treat your produce with ozone, fill your sink with water and place the Aqua-6 diffuser stone 2 to 4 inches deep in sink. Place the fruit and/or vegetables to be treated in the water and operate the Aqua-6 for 15 minutes by selecting Function #4 (Average sized sinks should be half-full). Follow the same procedure above to wash your raw food and meat. For utensils, rinse off food debris and treat in clean water with ozone for 15 minutes. Our Aqua-6 Multi Purpose Ozone Generator is our best seller and practical to use for many other applications like ozonating drinking water, dental hygiene, odor removal, and making natural liquid oil. It can be used with fish tank, spas, hot tubs, and wading pools up to 500 gallons.