|Who uses ozone?
Ozone domestic water purification has been used extensively in Europe since 1906.
In the United States, currently hundreds of municipal water treatment plants use
ozone. Los Angeles has one of the largest ozone treatment facility, purifying over 600
million gallons of water per day. Las Vegas is currently constructing the largest
municipal ozone treatment plant to date. California state law now requires ozonation as
the final step before bottled drinking water is packaged. The International Bottled Water
Association also requires ozonation prior to bottling.
Isn't ozone bad for the environment?
Ozone in the earth's upper atmosphere is what protects us from the harmful
ultraviolet rays of the sun. If we could pump more ozone up there, we'd all be better off.
However, when created by and mixed with smog and carbon monoxide, ozone is a contributing
factor to the greenhouse effect. In contrast, the Triple O system creates "clean
ozone" which dissipates and reverts back to oxygen readily and naturally.
How long does ozone last in my water?
Ozone has a half life on the order of minutes when dissolved in water. Half life
is the time it takes for half of the ozone to revert back to oxygen. Therefore, ozone must
be generated on site and constantly introduced into the water to be effective.
People have been using chlorine for years, why do I
In recent years, scientists have discovered that chlorine creates harmful
by-products known as THMs that are carcinogenic. The EPA is starting to impose strict
standards on the level of THMs allowed in domestic water treatment plants. Ozone is the
treatment method of choice by water treatment professionals to replace chlorine, since
ozone produces no THMs.
Do the larger municipal water treatment plants that
use ozone also use chlorine?
Yes, they do add a small chlorine residual after ozonation. This is done to
prevent the possibility of the water picking up bacteria in the lengthy distribution
piping required in larger municipal water supplies, since the dissolved ozone will revert
to oxygen before distribution.
Will my water system require chlorine in addition to
Typically, no. Single family dwellings and small multi-house systems do not
require a chlorine residual due to their short distribution piping systems.
If chlorine is required in larger systems, why don't
they just use chlorine rather than chlorine and ozone?
There are many advantages to using ozone other than the fact that ozone water
treatment does not create THMs. Ozone (which is not a chemical additive) kills virus and
bacteria on contact, precipitates many metals, deodorizes, removes color and taste, leaves
no residue, reduces scale formation, kills algae, mold and yeast spores. Since ozone
dissolves over a dozen times more readily into water than pure oxygen, and then readily
reverts to oxygen, your water will have a very high level of dissolved oxygen. This high
oxygen content has some wonderful benefits: White laundry, great tasting coffee plus
anything cooked with water has enhanced flavor, refreshing showers and baths, house plants
spring to life with little or no fertilizer. Additionally, if chlorine is added to
ozonated water, all the chorine will be free chlorine, rather than combined chlorine
(chloramines) and will therefore not be offensive. Combined chlorine is what causes water
to smell like chlorine. Combined chlorine occurs when the chlorine has not completely
oxidized the contaminants. Chlorine added to ozonated water has nothing to oxidize and
therefore becomes free chlorine.
Will the Triple O System affect the PH of my water?
The system will raise the PH of your water if it is in the acidic range (below a
PH of 7.0) and stabilize the PH in the 7.5 range. Thus if your water is acidic, the PH
stabilization properties of the Triple O system will increase the life of your plumbing.
If the system runs 24 hours a day, won't it be
expensive to operate?
One of the system's outstanding features is its efficiency. The entire system
consumes about the same electricity as a 55 watt light bulb. This means a typical
operating cost of about $3 per month.
How long will the system take to clean up my water
This depends on the severity of your water problem, the size of your tank, and
the amount of water that you use. A typical 5,000 gallon tank will stabilize anywhere from
a few days to a few weeks. If your tank is 10,000 gallons and needs a lot of cleaning, it
can take a several weeks to completely stabilize. Regardless, you will notice a dramatic
change in your water within a few days.
Once my tank is clean, will the incoming well water
affect my tank water quality?
The system No.1 has a unique, automatic feature that mixes the ozone into your
incoming well water before the water is introduced into the tank. This happens every time
your well pump is turned on.
What kind of maintenance is required?
The only regular maintenance required is to hose off the filter and clean the
ozone diffuser (bubble maker). This usually takes about 10-15 minutes and requires no
How do I know the Triple O System works?
The system has been developed and tested since 1984 in the Santa Cruz Mountains
of Northern California on some of the worst well water conditions. It has been proven with
over 4000 installations and a vast array of bad water problems, including: Iron,
manganese, tannins, hydrogen sulfide, iron bacteria, coliform bacteria, strong odor, bad
taste, color, acid water, etc.
How do I know it will solve my water problems?
Our dealers offer a unique, no cost, in person demonstration using your own
water. This will show you the quality of water you can expect from your holding tank. If
you have any doubts, we invite you to have certified water tests performed on the
What size holding tanks does the system work on?
The maximum recommended tank size is 10,000 gallons; multiple systems can be used for
larger tanks. The minimum tank size is limited only by the water usage. We recommend that
for fairly severe water conditions that not more than 25% of the holding tank capacity be
used in a 24 hour period. Since a typical family of 4 uses an average of 350 gallons per
day, this size family should have a minimum 1500 gallon capacity holding tank.
What if I don't have a holding tank?
A holding tank is required for the Triple O system to do its job.
Will I need a water softener with the system?
Usually no. The system alters the molecular bonds of the water so that it acts
soft. You will experience good soap suds and great cleaning. However, the water will not
be chemically soft. Some hard water deposit may still be experienced, but these can easily
be removed through normal cleaning procedures. This is because the ability of the hard
water deposits to bond to your sinks, etc., is greatly reduced. If you currently have a
water softener, try using it with the Triple O system installed in your tank. If your
water becomes too soft (water becomes too slimy), we recommend that your softener be
connected to your hot water supply only or disconnected completely.
What level of contaminants can Triple O remove?
For single tanks, typical levels are: Iron to ~10ppm, Manganese to ~1ppm,
Hydrogen Sulfide up to ~25ppm. Twin tanks in service have successfully removed:Iron
to ~55ppm, Manganese to ~16ppm, H2S to over ~100ppm.
What are some actual water test results using the
Triple O System?
Note: The following sample cases have had state certified water tests performed on both
the raw water and the water from the holding tank after installation of the Triple O
system. These are random examples and do not indicate the aesthetics of the water. In all
cases the water was considered undrinkable by the homeowners, prior to the installation of
the Triple O system. Certified test results are on file at Triple O.
CASE NO. 1: Water Source: Spring.
5,000 gallon holding tank, single family dwelling.
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CASE NO. 2: Water Source: Well.
5,000 gallon holding tank, single family dwelling.
CASE NO. 3: Water Source: Well.
20,000 gallon holding tank, multiple families.
CASE NO. 4: Water Source: Well.
5,000 gallon holding tank, family of 6.
Is there anything ozone won't do?
Yes. Ozone will not remove nitrates (typical when water is contaminated by
fertilizer run off), sodium, sulfates, total dissolved solids, chlorides, and fluoride.
These contaminants can be removed by reverse osmosis or distillation. Pre-treating the
water with the Triple O system will dramatically reduce the maintenance required on the
reverse osmosis or distillation equipment.