Ozone leak sends three to the hospital

An Arizona water treatment plant that uses ozone for water treatment had a minor equipment failure that sent three people to the hospital. The plant was evacuated and the fire department Haz-Mat team was called to the scene.  Read full story below:


GILBERT, AZ – A water treatment plant in Gilbert was evacuated Friday because of a hazardous materials situation on Friday.

Jennifer Alvarez, digital media and marketing officer for Gilbert, said in am email to ABC15 that a “minor equipment failure” resulted in “a small release of ozone” at the plant.

Up to thirty people were in the area at the time, a spokesman for Gilbert Fire Department said.

Three people were transported to the hospital, said Alvarez. The other people were treated on-site.

The plant has since been given the all-clear, she said, and emplyees have returned to work.

The SanTan Vista Drinking Water Treatment Plant is located near Ocotillo and Recker roads. According to the Town of Gilbert, the treatment plant receives water from Central Arizona Project’s Colorado River watershed through a 14-mile ductile iron pipeline.

The plant treats 24 million gallons of water a day, which is split evenly between Gilbert and Chandler, the website said.

The plant is undergoing an expansion project that began in 2016 and is slated to be completed in 2018.

Ozone is commonly used for water treatment.  The use of ozone in water treatment and many applications is perfectly safe, and in fact safer than alternative chemicals like Chlorine.  It should be simple to maintain a safe environment around your ozone equipment.

Ozone Leaks and ambient ozone levels are not issues to be taken lightly by your safety team.  Ensure you have ozone monitors on-site, ensure they are working, and ensure your staff knows how to keep themselves safe in your facility.  Need help with ozone equipment maintenance, ozone sensors, and ozone safety?  Contact our office, we would be glad to help.

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Mobile truck offers mobile ozone odor removal system

A few years ago we helped a pair of brothers outfit a mobile truck with an ozone generator, ozone monitor, exhaust fan, and control system to automate an ozone odor control system.  Below is a great news article done on them by a local news station.

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — After a hot practice or a hard-hitting game, a high school locker room can be, well, odiferous.

“You don’t even have to be in the locker room to be able to smell some of the odors that come out of there, so yeah, it can get pretty raunchy, absolutely,” says Vince Sortino, athletic director for the Baldwin-Whitehall School District.

And those odors can be a warning sign of something more serious.

“Odor is the tell-tale sign of microbes. Odor is the result of microbes perspiring and breathing and releasing their own odors,” says Adam Rice, a local pharmacist. “So when you smell something, there are germs causing that odor.”

Already this year, some schools have had outbreaks of Staph, MRSA, and other skin infections.

“I think it’s a concern for every school district, including Baldwin,” Sortino told KDKA money editor Jon Delano.

Baldwin is one of the first school districts to use Brozone, a mobile sanitizing van to clean sports equipment pioneered by pharmacist Adam and his brother, Mark Rice, a certified athletic trainer.

Ozone is just three oxygen atoms. You breathe O2. This is O3. The third oxygen, what it does is when it hits the bacterial cell wall, it destroys it, killing the bacteria,” explained Rice.

In 45 minutes, equipment is taken from locker to van, sanitized, and returned to the locker room for about $10 for each equipment set.

But as important as cleaning equipment is, students themselves are important to keeping things clean.

A key reason for these infections is lack of personal hygiene.

How about a clean T-shirt and clean undergarments every day, or a clean towel every day?

And what about a shower after every time you exercise?

Sports officials say students are less and less likely to take a shower, contributing to the problem.

It’s not like the old days, says Sortino.

“We all got a shower after every practice no matter what sport we were taking,” he says.

Today’s kids often race out without showering or re-use dirty T-shirts, making Brozone’s unique cleaning more important than ever.


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