Ozone is a highly reactive gas that can be used for both the destruction of taste- and odor-causing compounds and for the disinfection of drinking water. Ozone forms a variety of organic and inorganic by-products. Many of the by-products caused by ozone are less harmful than the disinfection by-products formed by chlorine. Careful application of ozone can make it a powerful tool for reducing the total amount of harmful by-products produced when treating drinking water.

Water may be safe to drink but still contain natural organic matter (NOM) that may cause undesirable taste, odor, or color. In the industrialized world, consumers may object to water with discernable tastes and odors, or even mistake it as unsafe for consumption. As NOM is primarily found in surface water ...

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