Is Ozone Water Effective at Killing Germs and Is It Physically and Environmentally Safe?
By Al Liceaga MD. July 2017
Questions: I asked some questions on what can we use to sanitize our hands or surfaces and are the currently available cleaning agents that we use safe. Is Ozonated Water a Non-Toxic and Green option ? Does O3 Kills Germs in seconds and is O3 Water currently available as a continually supply at my sink? Further, what about Ozone Safety and is Ozone a Green method of killing dangerous germs?
Let’s look into this.
What about Chlorine ? Definitely Not Green! What about hand washing with Gels? Gels are expensive, ineffective and kill less germs, leave residual on skin, irritating on hands, gels are costly, gel dispensers run out of gel and gels dry out. Not Green!
Think about Ozone Water ! According to the US EPA Office of Water, Ozone is one of nature’s most powerful anti-microbial agents. It has been found that O3 kills microbes in seconds. O3 is a highly effective surface disinfectant and that with regular use; it can greatly reduce dangerous Bio-film. O3 also prevents the development of Bio-film in sinks and drains.
What is Ozone ? Ozone (O3) is a molecule of three oxygen atoms, while the oxygen molecule (O2) that we breathe is two oxygen atoms. Ozone water can be produced at your sink by an ingenious under-sink device that safely creates the Ozone at about 1 part per million in the tap water that comes out freshly.
Ozone safely decomposes into oxygen (O2) and Ozone does not affect pH of the water. The food industry and American cities have used it for decades as a powerful oxidant for sanitizing purposes. Ozone is produced freshly and cannot be stored. Ozone can kill microbial pathogens in seconds. Ozone oxidizes organic substance, eg. pesticides, organic odors and Ozone metal contaminants.
Supply: O3 Water Supply is available with current faucet technology. We found a faucet system by Sanitas® (See AquosHygiene.com), where the O3 water is delivered out at tap water pressure, fresh and ready to use. At an affordable price!
Safe: Yes, Ozone (O3 water) is declared Safe and Effective by FDA since 1991. It is not the same as the Ozone in smog or in the upper atmosphere, not at all.
Ozone is generally considered Safe at Ozone Concentrations below 5 PPM. The Aquos Ozone Faucet by Sanitas® is programmed to deliver 0.8 – 1.4 ppm, well in the safety zone. Aqueous O3 overspill produced is well below EPA safety standards. After 20-30 minutes You can actually drink the water that is essentially sterile. Ozone Water is Effective and Environmentally Safe. Aqueous O3 changes back to pure water in 20 minutes … leaving no harmful residue! Nothing but pure H2O and Oxygen remains and No Toxins remain on a surface or down the drain!
I believe that O3 is the Practical and Safe Solution to the need for a Healthy, Clean and Green medical environment.