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.
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.
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!
Ozone is a chemical compound that has the power to oxidize just about everything, except large particles. Below, we bust common myths about ozone generators.
Myth: Any air ozone generator will kill mold and mildew, and remove smoke damage out of a room or home.
False, this statement just isn’t true. The ozone generator must produce at least 7,000 mg per hour for it to work on these tough complaints. A lighter weight machine will freshen the air temporarily, not eradicate mold spores. The A7K is the most powerful air unit produced by A2Z Ozone, Inc. at 7,000 mg/hr.
Myth: 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 demonstrates this:
Myth: It is safe to be in the room with a 3,000-mg ozone generator.
False, ozone generators should be used in unoccupied areas. We recommend the three P’s: no People, Pets, or Plants.However, weaker units like the Aqua-6 (600 mg/hr) are safe to be around. Exposure to too much ozone can cause permanent damage to your lungs.
Our in-home generators are designed to produce just the right amount of ozone to effectively sanitize your water and air, but not strong enough to exceed recommended EPA levels. The current EPA standard for in-air ozone is .05 ppm. Ozone also has a 20-30 minute half-life in the air meaning that its concentration will break down quickly.
Myth: Ozone is safe for all the materials in my pool.
False, ozone is capable of breaking down some materials. To be safe, you must ensure that all your equipment is ozone resistant. Read the chart below to determine if your materials are ozone resistant.
We're back from Dubai!
We got to meet people from all over. A2Z Ozone was well accepted and we met a large variety of people from different cultures. The vendors, about 500, were from all over the world with an interesting showing of products, mostly supplies for pools and spas. A2Z Ozone was able to provide visitors with products that provide potable water, as well as air ozone generators and swimming pool generators. One customer was so impressed with the ability for ozone to clean drinking water: "..that's amazing! You mean it would clean the water so we could drink it?" We also shared our A7K Air Ozone Generator with visitors.
And don't forget the scenery — the city is absolutely beautiful with attractions for every type of visitor. The city is particularly vibrant at night; we saw beautiful buildings lit up in fantastic colors, and wonderful fountains with incredible displays. Yes, The Leisure Show at Dubai World Trade Centre was a great experience for A2Z Ozone — especially because we met present and future customers face-to-face — a rare treat for a successful eCommerce business. Now, it's time to get back to work in Louisville, Kentucky!
Lovely Home on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Have you ever considered what life would be like without potable water? A2Z Ozone, Inc. may have a solution for you. Recently, we at A2Z Ozone, Inc. heard from James whose family lives in a lovely home on wooded land on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. But water was an issue. “Our initial concern was tea-colored well water,” James tells A2Z Ozone. Not only did the water from the well run tea-colored; upon analysis, James said it contained a high content of bacteria, tannins, and manganese with a PH level of 6.8.
James took action to care for his family and his dog, cat, bird, and two horses by resolving to fix the water issues. First, he chlorinated the well and water piping in the house, then drained and flushed the hot water tank. He ordered an MP-3000 Ozone Generator from A2Z Ozone, Inc. In an effort to conserve water, James upgraded the three toilets in the home to dual flush 0.8/1.28 gallon per flush toilets. He also installed both a Maytag Energy Star Certified washing machine and dishwasher.
A2Z Ozone, Inc.'s MP-3000 at work
The power of an ozone generator
The MP-3000 Ozone Generator is an excellent choice for the project James undertook. It gives up to 3 grams of ozone per hour. Considered a heavy-duty ozone generator, one of the MP-3000’s typical uses is for water sanitizing. It is known for removing bad tastes, chemicals, and the colors caused by the manganese in water. The results are phenomenal. As James put it, “…with the ozone treatment we now have sanitary, crystal clear water.” James is relieved to see pure water coming out of his faucets. He says this system provides water for washing vehicles and watering plants. He has even filled a swimming pool and a fish pond.
James Enjoying Time with His Horse
Technical specifications of the system
James kindly provided us with the technical specs: He connected the MP-3000 Ozone Generator to an ozone-resistant air injector (Waterite W988Z Micronizer) upstream of a 40 gallon degasser tank (the Duro 33155 FLS40D Flexpro Tank). Connected to the degasser tank are a multimedia filter (the Duro 4111 WGULTRAMF100) and an activated carbon filter with PH increase (the Duro 4913 CAN-15). Where does the excess ozone go? It is vented outside by an automatic vent valve provided by Honeywell Braukmann Q122A1001. Altogether, James spent approximately $2000 on the equipment for the project, not including the cost of a pressure tank and pump that were already in place.
Schematic Drawing of the Entire System
The Entire System
The Water Pump Control Box
Now, you can take action, too!
If you wish to install an MP-3000 Ozone Generator like this for your home and want some advice, call us at 502-499-4977 and talk with our technician. We are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time).
(Photo Credit: The Charlie Foundation)
Let’s face it… the older we get, the more and more we start to notice changes in our bodies. But most especially, in our skin! Fine lines, wrinkles, and dry skin. OH MY! So, it’s pretty common for us to spend $30-$40 dollars on a cream each month that what we think is going to make us look younger. But what if I told you that you didn’t have to spend that $30-$40 dollars each month?! What if I told you that you could make your own miracle cream and save yourself money? Too good to be true? Wrong! It is entirely possible and the benefits are amazing!
Ozonated Olive Oil is a product that is really taking off! It has a million different uses! Here are some of the uses and what our customers have used it for:
||Skin Detoxify and Healthy Glow
||Improves Skin Tone
||Sweat Gland Infections
|Hair follicle infections
Wow! That is a lot of different uses for one kind of cream!
Curious how to make it? Well, when we were making it in-store, we used our S-32 G and paired that with an Oxygen Generator as well. This would produce about 2 gallons for us. But that isn’t the only unit that can be used for making the oil! Our MP-1000 up to our MP-8000 Multi-Purpose Ozone Generator can be used to make Ozonated Olive Oil.
Here is a chart on how long it will take for each unit to make the salve or Ozonated Olive Oil:
||3-4 days (salve)
||2-3 days (salve)
||2-3 days (salve)
||2-3 days (salve)
Here is the set-up that one of our customers has when they are making their own Ozonated Olive Oil.
We would be happy to help with any questions that you may have when ordering a unit or making your very own Ozonated Olive Oil! Give us a call at 502-499-4977! Happy Ozonizing!
Resources: The Charlie Foundation, https://www.charliefoundation.org/blog/entry/keto-pantry
By: Hannah Black
I would be lying if I said I didn’t drink tap water. If I am thirsty, I grab a glass and just fill it up from the tap at the sink. It is easy and convenient and when I was growing up, it’s what my parents did too. I don’t believe I ever saw my parents buy bottled water until I was well into my later teen years and almost out of high school. The older I got, the more aware I became of what was really in my tap water. As a kid, I didn’t have to think about that stuff because, let’s face it, when you’re young – you are convinced you are invincible and bad things (like drinking dirty water) doesn’t happen to you. Right? Wrong.
When I first started working at A2Z Ozone, one of the first things I learned about what our units can do is they can kill bacteria and germs that are found in tap water. They can either eliminate these impurities or they cause them to sink.
For example, according to HealthGuidence.org, there are many ways that chemicals and bacteria can get into tap water but one of the main ways is pollution. But that isn’t the only way chemicals get into the water. HealthGuidence.org says,
Other ways are when chemicals are added to the water by the public water systems. The most common of these chemicals is chlorine. Chlorine is the most common of the types of chemicals currently being used to treat public water supplies. (Wagner, Jamey, N.D.)
I don’t know about you…but when I hear the world chlorine, I think of swimming pools. I’m sure the water is circulated and cleaned because obviously, most people can’t taste the chlorine that is in the water. However, I just don’t like the idea of drinking chlorine at all, no matter how diluted.
Another way impurities get into tap water is through the pipes that carry the water into our homes. One of the biggest impurities is lead. If you aren’t sure what lead is, it is a “chemical element in the carbon group with symbol Pb and atomic number 82. It is a soft, malleable and heavy post-transition metal.” (Wikipedia).
Lead can cause a lot of issues if too much is ingested. It can be especially dangerous for pregnant women and children. Referring back to HealthGuidence.Org, “Lead poisoning has been proven to cause learning disorders and severe developmental delays.” (Wagner, Jamey, N.D.).
While not everyone is affected by these impurities, there are ways to reduce your risk of having any of these in your drinking water. That is where A2Z Ozone comes in to help!
One of our best selling items is our Aqua 6 Multi-Purpose Ozone Generator. This unit is great for usage in the home or in the office. It is light-weight, durable, and easy to use. It is equipped with tubing and a diffuser stone and that is what will you will use to deliver the ozone to the water and to clean it. When you drop the diffuser stone into the water and choose the setting you want (see chart below), the water will begin bubbling and you will notice a slight, pleasant odor. This is ozone. What is happening inside your glass of water is the process of ozonating. The ozone coming from the tubing and diffuser stone is grabbing onto the impurities inside your water and killing them. If there are heavier impurities in your water like lead, we recommend using one of our stronger units like our MP Series. This unit will grab onto the heavy impurities and sink them to the bottom. With a separate filtration system and by skimming the water off the top, this would make for healthy and clean drinking water.
In one example of how our MP Series has been used, I would like to refer to the Kingdom of Tonga. Several years ago, Kingdom of Tonga and the islands of Ha'apai were hit by a series of earthquakes that caused widespread pollution of their water supply.
In CRI Tonga in partnership with Omni Services Tonga started using A2Z Ozone MP - 8000 Ozone Generators in their cleanup and the results were quite encouraging. The water was cleaned up and restored to the World Health Organization guidelines. In the photo, you can see our unit being used in the efforts to help clean up the fresh water supply. If you would like to see the results of independent testing done by the workers in Ha'apai, the link will be included in our sources list.
If you want to get your water sparkling clean but you aren’t sure what unit you would need, please give us a call. We will help you get on your way to cleaner water and healthier living. Ozone truly is nature's very own disinfectant. It has the power to clean the one thing that we all need most…water. Without it, we would be nowhere.
Do you truly know what is in your water?
Water Photo: http://www.imgwide.com/image/water-pictures-free/water-pouring-into-glass
Health Guidance, What Chemicals Are in Tap Water? (Wagner, Jamey. N.d.)
Independent Testing Results from Ha’apai
What Is Lead
Freshly Squeezed Water, What’s In Your Water (n.d.)
Need some reasons to switch your pool or spa to ozonated water? We have a few.
Experience clean, clear water in your pool or spa.
Ahh, the feeling of swimming in clean, ozonated water cannot compare to swimming in chlorine. It’s the closest thing to a pool of water in nature you can find. Nature! A natural solution to chlorine awaits you!
You reduce the use of chlorine or bromine in your pool or spa by 90% - 95%.
Now most people are trying to reduce their dependence on chemicals for daily consumption, whether it is in household cleaning or our yards. We want to keep chemicals off our bodies as well. Now you can reduce chemicals in your pool and spa by 90% - 95%.
Excessive chlorine is known to dry out your skin and hair.
Ozonated water keeps your skin feeling smooth and does not dry out your hair. In fact, many people use ozonated water in the bath to treat their hair and skin for this reason.
Be rid of itchy eyes.
We have all opened our eyes by accident in a chlorinated pool, only to feel a smart stinging sensation. This feeling can only be stopped by staying out of chlorinated water!
Rid your lounging area of the strong smell of chlorine.
Sitting around the pool is a fun pastime for many people. While drinking your favorite iced tea or homemade lemonade, do you really want to be smelling the chlorine coming out of the pool, or do you want to smell the freshness of ozonated water? Or, say, you are sitting in your spa drinking your favorite beverage. Really, do you want to smell the chlorine? Probably not, even though you may be used to it.
Our customers say it best: “What an amazing difference this ozone generator has made in our spa. The water is always crystal clear and feels super clean. No odor, no scum, no problems. It was easy to install and comes on twice a day with pump. I highly recommend this product.” Submitted to our website by our customer, C. A.
A2Z Ozone has ozone generators to meet your needs. Please take a look at our reasonably priced ozone generators for the spa and pool today!
Of all the food we eat, fish is considered one of the most nutritious. Yet, it is delicate. It does not last long or travel far from the water source before it spoils. Can you imagine what a couple of more days of shelf life would do for the fish industry? That is exactly what ozone can do for fish.
Increasing shelf life of fish
In a study done by the World Academy of Science, “Extension of Fish Shelf Life by Ozone Treatment,” scientists treated trout for two hours and were able to increase the shelf life from four to six days. The fish were kept at 41º F (or 5º C). In this process, while bacteria and viruses grew slower, the taste of the fish was not impaired. If you’ve been following ozone related topics, by now you probably already can guess that ozone is able to do this because it kills bacterial spores and viruses that cause decay and then reverts back to oxygen.
What are the benefits of using ozone for fish?
While more studies need to be done on the benefits of ozone for fish, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearly states in a report on methods to reduce/eliminate pathogens from produce that “…bacterial pathogens such as Salmonella Typhimurium, Y. enterocolitica, S. aureus, and L. monocytogenes are sensitive to treatment with 20 ppm ozone in water…” Also, fish storage is improved upon by use of ozone. The FDA says: “…In contrast to the use of ozone as an initial treatment to reduce microbial populations on produce surfaces, ozone gas has also been investigated for use during storage of various foods, including fish…” Did you know, there is a secondary effect—it removes the fishy odor!
How do you ozonate fish?
As of yet, no official guidelines are in place for ozonation of fish. However, A2Z Ozone, Inc. recommends in our Aqua-6 Operating Manual (Page 8) to treat meat (as well as fish) as you would vegetables—fill your large glass bowl or sink with water, place the diffuser stone 2 to 4 inches deep in the water and operate for 15 minutes (Function #4).
Is there a place for ozone in a fish hatchery or fish farm?
A fish hatchery breeds fish for the purpose of restocking lakes and streams that have been overfished. Fish farms raise fish for human consumption. One of the biggest problems that fish hatcheries and fish farms come across is keeping the hatchery clean. Methods that allow them to do this involve chlorine and other chemicals that cause nitrous oxides to be released. That’s where ozone steps in. Ozone is a chemical-free way to help fish hatcheries supply the oxidizing agents needed without affecting the oxygen supply of the fish. At a hatchery, there is a complex filtering system in place to screen out course solids but it does little for the smaller substances (colloidal) which can float alongside the fish. Nitrate levels that can hurt fish are not put into check as easily, though, and require chemicals to control. And organic compounds that cause the water to appear cloudy are often seen in a hatchery. Ozone can reduce fish disease and stress (according to experts at the Freshwater Institute, Shepherdstown, West Virginia). And don’t forget the germs! While both fish farms and hatcheries can get the benefits of ozonation of the water, they need to use caution because at high levels, ozone can be harmful.
Meet our fish!
I am pleased to introduce you to Charlie Brown, our gold twinbar platy; Snoopy, our glowlight tetra; Linus, our dwarf gourami; and Lucy, our bala shark; Schroeder, our julii cory; and Peppermint Patty, our rainbow shark.
Photo of the fish tank at A2Z Ozone, Inc.
At A2Z Ozone, Inc., we have been experimenting with a 55-gallon fish tank on-site. We started off two months ago with bait fish and graduated to the Peanuts gang when we were confident we had the settings right for these freshwater fish. We use A2Z Ozone’s Aqua-6 Multi Purpose Ozone Generator set on timer function 9—operating for 15 minutes every hour, repeating the cycle every hour—to clean the tank. The members of the Peanuts gang were not in perfect health when we received them—some had fin clamp, were skinny and spotty. The ozone not only produces a clean environment for the fish, it has healed their ailments. I am happy to report that our fish are active, healthy and behave wonderfully. Maybe what we appreciate most is there is no fishy smell to the fish tank—that fish odor even the cleanest of fish tanks brings into a home or office setting. In the two months we’ve had the tank, there has been some need to clean algae growing in the tank, but in these past several weeks our algae problem has also diminished. Join in the fun! Set up your own experimental fish tank. Try the Aqua-6 Multi Purpose Ozone Generator today!
A2Z Ozone, Inc.'s Aqua-6 Multi Purpose Ozone Generator
Increasing Fish Shelf Life
World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology 62 2010. Extension of Fish Shelf Life by Ozone Treatment. Behrouz Mosayebi Dehkordi, Neda Zokaie. http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.184.9701&rep=rep1&type=pdf
Sanitizing the Fish We Eat
U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Safe Practices for Food Processes. Chapter V. Methods to reduce/Eliminate Pathogens from Produce and Fresh-Cut Produce. http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodScienceResearch/SafePracticesforFoodProcesses/ucm091363.htm
Ozonation and UV Disinfection. Steven Summerfelt & Brian Vinci. Freshwater Institute, Shepherdstown, West Virginia. https://ag.arizona.edu/azaqua/ista/ISTA7/RecircWorkshop/Workshop%20PP%20%20&%20Misc%20Papers%20Adobe%202006/9%20Ozone%20&%20UV/Ozonation%20UV%20Disinfection.pdf
NSW Department of Primary Industries Fishing and Aquaculture. Ozone in Recirculating Aquaculture.
With uncomplicated set-up and ease of use, there’s no simpler way for you to break into using ozone than purchasing an Aqua 6. It reaches every level of your home, as your new ozone generator is lightweight and portable. Or, you can keep your kitchen tidy and mount your Aqua 6 to the wall. Versatile in every way, multiple settings for our timer allow you to tackle any type of job you throw at the Aqua 6. It comes ready to use, and there is no need to purchase additional accessories. The Aqua 6 withstands the test of time, as it has been our best seller for over 10 years. And the Aqua 6 is strong and reliable if used as intended.
A quick run-down of the features of the Aqua 6 Multi-Purpose Ozone Generator:
- Multi-function ozone generator that treats air and water
- Unit is lightweight and portable
- Wall mountable
- Best seller for over 10 years
- Function timer with 15 settings for different applications
- Ships with 2 36” polyurethane tubes, one fine white diffuser stone, and one course grey diffuser stone
- Ships with spare fuse
- Economically priced
- 30 day money back guarantee
- One year full parts and service warranty
Try your new ozone generator with peace of mind. We offer a 30 day money back guarantee and cover a full year parts and service warranty. You only pay for shipping to us; we ship back to you free of charge. From beauty benefits, to cleaning, to water purification, our low-priced solution has you covered, A to Z!