Safe for You, Safe for the Environment
Ozone (03) is a gas
that nature creates in one of two ways:
1. When oxygen in the
air is exposed to high intensity ultra violet rays. The earth's ozone
layer is created this way when the ultraviolet rays from the sun enter
the earth's atmosphere. Ozone in the stratosphere prevents highly
energetic radiation from reaching the Earth's surface and converts the
energy of this radiation to heat.
2. When air is
to a high voltage electric arc, such as lightening.
Ozone, one of nature's
basic elements, is a powerful disinfectant and deodorizer. It consists
of oxygen (O2) with an extra oxygen atom attached to create O3.
When ozone does its
job, it oxidizes by giving up and attaching its extra oxygen atom to
anything that can be oxidized. As you can see the only byproduct of
ozone is oxygen. In fact, ozone gas reverts to oxygen quite rapidly and
naturally; the half life of ozone in air is on the order of hours, and
on the order of minutes when dissolved in water.
Ozone has been used in Europe as the primary domestic water
purification media since the early 1900's. Currently, in the United
States, over 20 major cities use ozone water purification; the largest
is Los Angeles which treats over 600 million gallons daily.
Ozone is also used extensively for air deodorizing in Las Vegas at its
large smoke filled casinos.