Disinfection – Chlorine Versus Ozone

We have learned throughout this blog that contamination is a natural state for water. For several scientific reasons water absorbs impurities from the substances it comes into contact with, including the surrounding air. Left alone, water is a natural breeding ground for bacteria, algae, fungi, amoebas and other organic life. These properties make it very challenging for municipal water treaters because as soon as the drinking water is pumped into…

Emergency Water Treatment – How Much Chlorine?

Across the land, from time-to-time, various municipalities have had boil alerts for their drinking water. When the alerts have to do with bacteria, it is probably a good idea to also add some chlorine (from household bleach) to the water you are going to drink. While the amount of chlorine required to kill bacteria varies, depending on how contaminated it is, in general the contamination of local municipal water supplies…

Can Technology Effectively Remove Bacteria without Chlorine?

I was asked this question on another forum and thought it would be worth discussing here. First off, this question raises a few questions that must be answered before a proper answer on this end can be given to. Let’s look a bit deeper. The phrase “effectively remove” is relative. By effectively, do we mean strictly the technical performance of bacterial removal? Or do we mean effective in the sense…