Water cleanliness should always be a concern, whether you’re drinking it, cooking with it, swimming in it, or washing in it. You should be able to feel confident that the water you’re using is properly cleaned and doesn’t contain any harmful bacteria, viruses, or other contaminants that could make you sick. There have been countless methods of purifying water throughout the centuries, but one of the newest ones is ozonation or ozone purification. Here’s what you need to know about this process, how it works, and why many people are turning to it as a means of disinfection.
What Is Ozonation?
Ozone filtration is the process of injecting ozone into the water to clean and purify it. An ozone generator first charges oxygen to create ozone, which is a natural oxidizer. When the ozone is added to water, it attacks and neutralizes any contaminants, then reverts to its original form—oxygen. This means that the water is now not only free from bacteria, viruses, and pollutants but it’s also free from any chemicals (including ozone) used to clean the water.
Remove Harmful Pollutants
As mentioned, the primary purpose of ozonation is to remove contaminants from the water. Common pollutants found in water—including manganese, hydrogen sulfide, iron, bacteria, and viruses—can all be neutralized through the simple addition of ozone. It’s more effective at removing bacteria and viruses than chlorine and doesn’t add any chemicals that damage your skin or burn your eyes.
May Help with Inflammation
Recent studies have found that ozone can help activate your body’s antioxidants and reduce the factors that caused inflammation. While these findings are preliminary, a study in rats showed a measurable improvement in inflammation by adding ozone to their water.
Other forms of filtration can actually be harmful to the environment. They either remove pollutants by adding other chemicals or filter out larger contaminants and require frequent filter changes, which go into a landfill. Ozonation adds only oxygen to your water and doesn’t create excess waste. It creates only clean, drinkable water.
Use in Jetted Tub Systems
Of course, ozonation isn’t only used for cleaning drinking water. It’s become a popular way of cleaning water as it circulates through the jets of soaking tubs with hydrotherapy systems, especially in a walk-in tub for seniors who may have more serious concerns about maintaining sanitary conditions for their health. This method ensures that the bather is not cycling dirty bath water back into the tub again and again. Rather, the water is quickly cleaned and pumped back into the tub, keeping the bath cleaner than it was when it came out of the tap.