Why Use Ozone?
Feel Clean. Be Clean. Live Clean.
Ozone Is Safe! Ozone is generally considered Safe at Ozone Concentrations below 5 PPM. Ozone Faucet is programmed to deliver 0.8 – 1.4 ppm
Side effects: Ozone may cause minor inflammation and dryness of the mouth and irritation of the nose, throat, chest, eyes.
Hand hygiene is of greatest importance because the most common mode of transmission of pathogens is through the hands.
Pathogen transmission can occur in any setting whether it be residential, industrial, office workplace, restaurants, or healthcare settings such as hospitals, operating rooms, medical offices, specialty clinics, therapy centers and outpatient surgery centers.
What is Ozone and How Is It Made?
Ozone is a simple molecule composed of three oxygen molecules. Ozone, O3, is a gas. Some oxygen molecules (O2) are split, creating single oxygen species that are relatively volatile. When these energetic oxygen molecules encounter other oxygen molecules, the two kinds combine to form the strongly reactive
ozone molecule, O3. Gaseous ozone is partially soluble in water and its solubility rises as H2O temperature decreases. The molecule itself is an extremely strong oxidizing agent, and this oxidizing power makes it a very effective disinfectant.
Ozonated water is produced using an ozone generating electrical device. Ozone is created on demand using an ultraviolet ozone generator located proximate to the faucet.
In water, ozonated water is produced when gaseous oxygen (O2) molecules are dissociated by an electrical potential into nascent oxygen atoms (O-) which then subsequently collide with oxygen molecules to form the unstable ozone gas molecule (O3) which has extremely high oxidizing capacity. The gas is dissolved into the water via a venture-type mixing system so that the ozone concentration at the tap outlet remains constant for a given flow rate. Typical tap ozone concentrations can range from 0.5 to 4 ppm.
Plain and simple, ozone is one of the most potent and effective germicides when used in water treatment.
Unfortunately, water alone cannot remove all contaminants, such as oils, fats and microorganisms on hands, thus requiring the use of soaps or detergents to dislodge and dissolve those materials. Despite best efforts to clean hands, hand washing with soaps is only partially effective in this regard. A number of sanitizing chemicals have become commonplace. These include Anti-Bacterial Hand Soaps, chlorine, alcohol, and sanitizers. All of these only have the ability to destroy certain pathogens at increasingly reduced effectiveness. ONLY Ozonated water substantially reduces all contaminants on the skin.
Ozonated Water (O3-H20) free radical oxygen molecules react with microbes and effectively kill them via oxidation and degenerate organic compounds. Ozone quickly kills all microorganisms non-selectively, including bacteria, viruses, molds and spores.
The anti-microbial efficiency of ozone water from an ozone generating faucet is 100 times stronger and reacts 3000 times faster than chlorine as a disinfectant within 1 min. Ozone leaves no trace of residual products upon oxidative reaction. After 20 minutes, ozonated water reverts into plain water and oxygen gas. They believed that the use of ozone water may reduce the use of toxic chemical disinfectants in use by up to 50%.
Ozone’s disinfecting action involves the chemical oxidation of cell membranes of microorganisms. When cell walls are ruptured by oxidation, the interiors of the cells are exposed and the cells are killed. The dead cells do not regrow or mutate. Ozone destroys viruses by rupturing key chemical bonds essential to the virus’ DNA. Microbial oxidation and sterilization can occur with minimal amounts of ozone.
In aqueous solution, reactions of ozone are rapid, and many ozone reaction rates (including disinfection) increase with increasing temperature and pH. The increase in rate of disinfection with increasing pH is contrary to the disinfection performance of aqueous solutions of chlorine, in which the rate of disinfection decreases dramatically as pH increases. Ozone, being unstable, rapidly returns to the molecular oxygen from which it was made. This response occurs more rapidly in water, and more sluggishly in the gas phase.
What does this mean for you?
Clean hygienic hands are the single most important factor in preventing the spread of pathogens and in reducing the incidence of healthcare associated nosocomial infections, especially with the growing risk of infection with resistant pathogens.
Got Germs? Get in the Clean Zone with Ozone!