Ozone is a compound made up of three oxygen atoms as opposed to the two atoms in atmospheric oxygen. It is an unstable, reactive compound that readily oxidizes organic materials. Many public water utilities use ozone in the water disinfection process. It is relatively green, producing few byproducts, and is very effective in destroying waterborne pathogens. Use of ozone generators in the home to provide ozonated water for health purposes is gaining in popularity. Ozonated water can be produced at home so it may be consumed or used within 10 minutes of production for any health benefits to be seen. Proponents of ozonated water say it attacks harmful bacteria, and that people who drink it have more energy and are more clear-thinking. It may also be used on skin wounds and psoriasis the way hydrogen peroxide would be used, to inhibit surface infections and promote healing.
Things You'll Need
- Water ozonator (corona-types are the most efficient)
- Air diffuser (preferably glass or a chemically neutral material)
- Glass container
Turn on the ozonator unit, and run a self-test if the unit has this function.
Pour cold water into a glass container. The quantity of water you wish to ozonate will determine the time used. Plan two hours of ozonation per gallon of water to be ozonated. Scale the quantity down for shorter production runs.
Insert the ozonator's diffusing stone into the glass container of cold water. Observe the bubbles. An intact diffuser will emit a cloud of tiny (pinhead-size or smaller) bubbles that allow the ozone to be absorbed into the water. A damaged stone will release larger bubbles, and most of the produced ozone will pass through the water unabsorbed.
Turn off the ozonator when the ozonation process is completed, and remove the diffusing stone. Do not leave the ozonator running, pumping ozone into your living space.
Drink or otherwise use the ozonated water within 10 minutes of the end of the process for maximum effectiveness.