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
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 need
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 ozone?
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
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
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 tank?
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 tools.
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. The system has been granted a United
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 demonstration water.
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
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
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.
IRON 0.660 ppm 0.056 ppm
MANGANESE 0.320 0.008
HARDNESS 170 140
TURBIDITY 7.0 units 0.4 units
COLIFORM BACT. 9.0 per 100ml 0.0 per 100ml
CASE NO. 2: Water Source: Well.
5,000 gallon holding tank, single family dwelling.
IRON 1.1 ppm None Detect.
MANGANESE 0.05 None Detect.
CASE NO. 3: Water Source: Well.
20,000 gallon holding tank, multiple families.
IRON 5.6 ppm 0.15 ppm
MANGANESE 0.04 0.02
PH 6.8 7.2
COLIFORM BACT. >16 None Detect.
CASE NO. 4: Water Source: Well.
5,000 gallon holding tank, family of 6.
IRON 0.06 ppm None Detect.
MANGANESE 0.03 0.01
COLIFORM BACT. >16 None Detect.
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.