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Water ozonator

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Background

  • Ozonator: An ozonator generates ozone, a colorless gas, and diffuses it into the air or water. The chemical reaction that occurs when ozone is created helps to remove pesticides, bacteria, odors, and inorganic and organic compounds from the surrounding environment. As a result, ozonators are commonly used for purification techniques, or to improve the smell or taste of water. Water ozonators are also called ozone generators.
  • Oxygen and ozone: Oxygen is a chemical element; it is also a gas with no color, taste, or smell. In its most stable form, oxygen's two atoms combine to make dioxygen or O2. Oxygen is much more stable than ozone.
  • Ozone, also called O3 trioxygen, or activated oxygen, is made up of three oxygen atoms. Ozone exists high in the Earth's atmosphere and absorbs solar radiation. On the planet's surface, however, this same substance is so unstable that there is no effective way to store it. Therefore, ozone reverts quickly back to oxygen once it has been generated. Ozone is harmful in large concentrations, most notably causing damage to the respiratory systems of humans and other living creatures.
  • Ozone is created when oxygen comes into contact with a high-energy source, such as electricity. Once this contact occurs, the two oxygen molecules are separated. Single oxygen molecules then attach to other double oxygen molecules to create trioxygen, or ozone. For example, ozone may form when solar ultraviolet (UV) radiation interacts with dioxygen in the atmosphere.
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