From a social and environmental standpoint, there has been some recent hype on the use of antibacterial soap for washing hands to prevent illnesses in the past couple of years. Whether you are feeling chipper or under the weather, it is always a good practice to wash your hands. There are many of us who purchase products with labels such as “99.99% effective in reducing airborne bacteria” or anything with “antibacterial” listed on there with the idea that we are preventing illness. As a marketing strategy to fool society, they are manipulating the public’s perception that we are “clean” when in fact, this is not the case. “I suspect there are a lot of consumers who assume that by using an antibacterial soap product, they are protecting themselves from illness, protecting their families,” Sandra Kweder, deputy director of the FDA’s drug center, told the AP. “But we don’t have any evidence that that is really the case over conventional soap and water.” In fact, about 75% of liquid antibacterial soaps and 30% of bars use a chemical called triclosan as an active ingredient. When you spray your countertop or surface with your general household cleaner it will leave a residual of active compounds that target bacteria- but it will not oxidize them. The main ingredient in many solutions that have an antibacterial agent is called triclosan. Triclosan, is an antibacterial and antifungal agent found in many consumer products such as detergents, toothpaste, and toys. With the widespread use, the soap industry expanded to nearly $1 billion dollars in the 1990s. In 1972, triclosan was introduced to the market and used strictly in health care facilities. Presently, several products such as wipes, mattress pads, cosmetics, and cutting boards have triclosan in it. This particular chemical has been the focus of a reform managed by an alliance of health and environmental groups. Studies display that triclosan has been increasingly linked to a wide range of health issues. There are five main reasons you should not use antibacterial soap with triclosan as an active ingredient. First, antibiotic-resistant bacteria is produced from antibacterial soap. Secondly, it does not produce any more benefits than conventional soap. Third, Triclosan can act as an endocrine disruptor, especially thyroid hormone. Fourth, some allergies such as hay fever and peanut allergies have been linked to prolong use from antibacterial soap. Last but not least, antibacterial soap harms the environment. Triclosan can disrupt algae’s ability to perform photosynthesis. In 2009, dolphins in the east coast were found to have high levels in their blood. As an act to regulate, Minnesota has become the first state to ban common germ-killer triclosan in soap. “Triclosan has been banned from consumer personal care cleaning products in the state of Minnesota by an act of the state legislature.” This will take an effect on January 1, 2017. Alternatives like a non-antibiotic hand sanitizer can be exercised in this fashion, yet the best idea for this is benefiting from the rewards of ozone. With ozone, it will attract to the single bacterium, virus, mold or cyst by changing its molecular shape and eventually revert back to oxygen, leaving no harmful by-products.
Stromberg, Joseph. “Five Reasons Why You Should Probably Stop Using Antibacterial Soap.” Smithsonian.com. Smithsonian Institution, 3 Jan. 2014. Web. 03 Jan. 2017.
In aquaculture applications, ozone has the ability to increase efficiency, lower pathogen amounts, and optimize water quality of the water treatment system. In particular, fish farms can benefit by allowing higher feed rates, which allows for higher growth rates. From an investment stand-point, adding ozone has shown an impressive return. The key to utilizing ozone in a specific process is how much ozone is needed to effectively treat a system. The best way to find out is gaining information from the potential customer on how their system is currently being treated to find an accurate solution. Provided the right concentration, any water treatment for RAS will be successful. Listed below are the reasons to incorporate ozone to aquaculture:
The removal of fine and colloidal solids
The removal of dissolved organic compounds
The removal of nitrites
Generally, the required dosage of ozone for treatment in a RAS is formulated according to the daily feed rate. Rates of 10 to 15 grams of ozone per kilogram of feed are usually recommended to bring down the collected organics. If disinfection is the primary intention or purpose, the quantum of ozone is largely influenced by the organic contaminants in the water. In pure water, residual concentrations of 0.01-.1 PPM for periods of 15 seconds can be practical to reducing bacterial amounts. Thus, the more contaminants of bacteria, the more residual ozone is needed to provide enough disinfection. Natural waters, generally require residual concentrations between 0.1-0.2 ppm of ozone for 1-5 minutes for disinfection. Aquaculture effluent usually requires between 0.2-0.4 ppm residual ozone for 1-5 minutes for significant disinfection to take place after oxidation of organics. For most favorable outcomes, the rate of ozone for disinfection is heavily dependent on factors listed above. It also represents the total amount of ozone demand. Give us a call to improve your aquaculture today!
NSW Government. “Ozone in Recirculating Aquaculture Systems.” Ozone in Recirculating Aquaculture Systems. Department of Primary Industries, n.d. Web. 15 Nov. 2016.
Ceramic membranes have been widely used in the industry because of their resistance to corrosive components, stability, reasonable price and durability. Fouling is a common problem in ceramic membranes. The source of fouling is contact of the membrane with Organic Matters which increase bio-film on the membrane surface.
Ceramic membranes are ozone compatible and their porous media can be disinfected and cleaned with aqueous ozone.
Ozone, because of its anti-fouling characteristics, oxidizes and destroys the bio fouling on the surface of the membrane. In this case, having a small residue of ozone in the stream will help auto washing of the membrane and it lowers maintenance cost of the membrane.
Permeate and rejected streams should be carefully studied for ozone injection to avoid any undesired reactions. Please contact us at Ozone Solutions if we can offer ozone treatment for your membrane system.
Noroviruses are the major etiological agent of gastroenteritis in all age groups worldwide and are transmitted via fecal-oral route. As important waterborne and food-borne pathogens, they are included on the U.S. EPA Contaminant . Water can be contaminated by Norovirus containing feces released from either symptomatic or asymptomatic patients. Noroviruses have been linked to many waterborne disease outbreaks in the U.S. They have been detected in sewage effluent and in ambient water .
Noroviruses cause a gastroenteritis, which usually lasts 24 to 48 hours. Symptoms include vomiting, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea.
Owing to its high effectiveness of ozone as a strong oxidant and lack of residue after disinfection, ozone can be used for both surface and groundwater disinfection. Several studies have proven ozone effectiveness on removing the Norovirus. It has been shown that ozone eradicates the Norovirus.
More than 99% of the Norovirus can be inactivated by ozone at 1 mg/liter within 2 min .
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. Mi Young Lim, Ju-Mi Kim, Jung Eun Lee, and GwangPyo Ko, “Characterization of Ozone Disinfection of Murine Norovirus”, APPLIED AND ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY, , p. 1120–1124, 2010.
For this week’s Wednesday Weekly Product to Watch, we will be taking a look at the bench top model ozone machine called the HP-500.
This product has been recently added to our small ozone machines line up, and we have received a number of good responses from our customers about its welcomed functionality and performance!
Since this model features a digital logic control, it provides you with an incremental timer complete with an “On” or “Timer Bypass” setting. The logic also enables you to adjust the ozone output from 100% down to 40%. The machine has both input and output ports.
The machine features both an inlet and an outlet connection port. The included “Air Drier” can be connected to the inlet port, using the provided flexible tubing. This air dryer not only removes moisture from the air, making the generator suitable for operating in humid environment, but also raises its ozone output. But that is not all!
The machine also comes complete with a built in air pump (2-3 PSI @ a flow rate of 1-2 LPM).
This built in motive force allows you to use this machine for many applications because of its “All built into one” approach!
Since it comes with a built in air pump, it would not be complete without a bubbler diffuser stone. In fact, we provide you two of them in case you want to use each diffuser for different purposes or applications!
Washing foods with ozonated water, Aquarium or Koi ponds, and removing odors from an air space containing a cat litter box, etc.
This model presents a very good value, (I did list most of its built-in capabilities) and is very easy on your pocket book at around $150!
For more complete information or to purchase it, please go to the product link below;
Ozone bubbles are used these days in several applications, but Ozone nano-bubbles can be used to purify water, improve the vitality of fish, animals, and plants. It could also contribute to solving problems associated with biology, medicine, and food in the future. The secret is behind the high surface area of the nano-bubbles, which provides high mass transfer rates compared to traditional bubbles.
Ozone nano-bubble technology can purify waste water from the polymerized toner production process by using energy derived from the bursting of fine ozone bubbles (below 300 nano-meters in diameter). Water treated through this technology can be reused in the production process, thus providing a closed water recycling system. In this case, the process will save noticeable amount of money and energy in waste water treatment of polymerized toner production.
Nano-bubble ozonation of oyster will eliminate 99 percent of the calicivirus in oyster. Ozone nano-bubbles are very effective and are a new horizon in ozone technology. Contact us today if you think this could be a very promising solution for your operation.
Christmas is over, and the family is gone, or is most likely leaving soon. Want a little help with cleaning after Christmas?
One of the common themes at our family gatherings is sharing of food from many homes and spreading common illnesses. It seems the week after Christmas the stomach flu and other ailments run rampant. If you feel your house is not home to bacteria, viruses, and pathogens that just don’t belong, we might be able to help.
Using this bottle is easy. Fill it with pure water, let the batter charge with the plug-in charger, and spray aqueous ozone on surfaces! This device uses an electrolytic ozone generator to produce ozone directly in the water and pray that water on surfaces.
Now you have the power to disinfect countertops, door knobs, even couch cushions or carpet. After all, after the ozone has killed all the bacteria it reverts to harmless water and oxygen!
This article is intended to answer, how do venturi injectors work to dissolve ozone into water? Ozone is a gas, therefore proper gas/liquid contact mechanisms are critical to efficient system design. A popular method for adding the ozone gas into water is through the use of Venturi Injectors. Venturi Injectors work by forcing water through a conical body. This action creates a pressure differential between the fluid inlet and outlet ports, which in turn creates a vacuum inside the injector body. This vacuum now allows the ozone gas to be added into the flowing water stream via the suction port on the injector.
Venturis require a constant pressure differential to
initiate ozone injection (15 PSI in this example).
Very high ozone mass transfer rate (up to 98% if pressurized, 50-70% w/out pressure)
Minimal maintenance required
More controlled & consistant over time
Works well in both pressurized and unpressurized fluid streams
Requires energy from a booster pump, or pressurized water supply to achieve the 98% transfer otherwise can give you 50-70%
Tiny air bubbles (white) can be seen mixed with the water.
Water, moving from left to right, through a conical body creates suction which pulls air/ozone into the water stream.
A very high liquid to gas ratio is required to achieve 98% mass transfer efficiency. In fact, the ratio required would
not be economical. Typical mass transfer efficiencies for Venturi Injectors are from 50-70% (without the use of pressure).
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Drinking Water Research Foundation has released the results of a review paper entitled “Microbial Health Risks of Regulated Drinking Waters in the United States,” according to a press release.
The paper compares the risk of public drinking water and bottled water using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and presentations from a 2009 drinking water symposium at Yale University, the release reported.
According to the release, the paper explores the difference in quality monitoring, regulatory standards violations, advisories and distribution system conditions for tap and bottled water.
The key finding of the paper was that, “it is clear that as a consequence of the differences in regulations, distribution systems, operating (manufacturing) practices and microbial standards of quality, public drinking water supplies present a substantially higher human risk than do bottled waters for illness due to waterborne organisms.”
While tap water is regulated by the EPA, bottled water is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is more stringent in regulations concerning lead, coliform bacteria and E. coli, according to the release.
The research is fascinating as it does refute other data claiming that bottled water is less safe than public water supplies. Below is an excerpt from the conclusion paragraph of the review paper:
A comparison of waterborne illness outbreaks reveals overwhelming evidence that the microbial health risks associated with drinking tap water are far greater than that of bottled water, with 195 million illnesses in the past 10 years for tap water compared to fewer than a dozen for bottled water
This research and information is good news for the bottled water industry that has been hammered by negative press in recent years. Hopefully the bottled water industry will use this research to help promote the benefit of drinking quality bottled water as opposed to public water supplies.
As you may know, ozone has been used in the bottled water industry for many years to provide safe, high quality bottled water. Read more about ozone in bottled water on our website here, and see below:
Bottled Water and Ozone
A fast-acting and effective treatment technology, ozone is now used in a variety of potable water treatment applications. Ozone treatment is becoming widely used for bottled water in North America — now the most rapidly growing market for ozone.
Ozone Benefits for the Beverage Market
Ozone is superior to any other disinfection method because of its high oxidation state.
Ozone allows for lower operating costs and reduces overall chemical costs.
Ozone is not typically associated with by-products, and naturally reverts to oxygen, so no taste or odor is associated after its use.
Ozone is generated on-site. Therefore no dangerous storage or handling is required.
The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) suggests a residual ozone level of 0.2 to 0.4 ppm. This provides disinfection to both the water and the bottle.
Destroying bacteria instantly, ozone works faster than any other oxidant on the market!
Occasionally our customers will need to measure levels of ozone greater than 3 ppm with their K-7404 Dissolved Ozone Test Kit. To do so, the sample can be diluted, allowing up to 6 ppm of indication.
The video and instructions here, in combination with the standard kit instructions, will allow you to do this in the most effective way possible.
1) Add 5 drops of A-7400 Activator Solution to the sample cup.
2) Add 12.5 mL of distilled water to the sample cup.
3) Add enough sample to the cup to bring the volume to the 25 mL mark
4) Snap the ampoule in the cup, and continue with the standard instructions.
Find the result indicated by your comparator and multiply that value by 2.
The number you get is your dissolved ozone concentration.
For further details about the K-7404 dissolved ozone test kit, or our other dissolved ozone monitors, please visit the links below!
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What is ozone?
Ozone is an oxidant. Ozone (O3), sometimes called “activated oxygen", or "triatomic oxygen", contains three atoms of oxygen rather than the two atoms we normally breathe. Ozone is the second most powerful oxidant in the world and can be used to destroy bacteria, viruses, and odors.
Ozone is a gas at ambient temperatures and pressures with a strong odor. Ozone can be produced as a gas from oxygen in air, or concentrated oxygen. This ozone gas can be dissolved into water, or used in the gas phase for a variety of applications discussed in this Journal.