What is the long-term solution for removing cyanotoxins?
The City of Salem is installing a state-of-the-art ozone treatment system to remove cyanotoxins. Ozone is one of the strongest disinfectants used to treat water – it is even stronger than chlorine. Ozone also makes our water crystal clear, improves the taste, and can remove odors. Once in operation in spring 2021, ozone will be our robust, long-term insurance policy against cyanotoxins.
What are the benefits of ozone?
Ozone treatment offers many benefits:
Makes it easier to ensure safe drinking water
Works well with the other treatment steps on Geren Island
Produces good tasting water, year-round
Reduces how much chlorine is needed
No ozone is left in the water after it has done its job
How does ozone work?
Oxygen Supply: Ozone (O3) is made from oxygen (O2). We are using super-cooled liquid oxygen. The liquid oxygen is first warmed and converted to oxygen gas. The oxygen gas is then sent to an "ozone generator."