In the vehicle wash industry, there are two different types of reclaim systems. Ozone-based water reclaim systems and aeration-based water reclaim systems. Aqua Bio manufactures only aeration-based systems.
Water reclaim systems are designed to recycle all the water that is captured in the vehicle washes’ drains. However, only some of this water should be reused in a portion of the vehicle wash. The reason for this is that the used car wash soaps, detergents, waxes, etc. are still present in the reclaimed water.
Ozone-based water reclaim systems inject ozone gas into the reclaimed water to mitigate odor and to chemically break down the used car wash chemicals. Unfortunately, ozone systems are not only incapable of injecting enough ozone into the water to mitigate odor and to chemically break down used vehicle wash chemicals, they also kill the very microbes that remove odor and consume used vehicle wash chemicals. In addition, ozone has been found by the EPA to cause health problems ranging from headaches to long-term lung damage to death. If ozone equipment were to ever malfunction in a closed environment, it could become toxic. As a results of the kill-off of microbes in the water, a vehicle wash using an ozone-based water reclaim system can expect poor water quality, caused by a combination of black sludge or slime (dead microbes) and used wash chemicals, and continued odor issues. Also, ozone systems require ozone gas replenishment and parts replacements both of which can be quite costly.
Aeration-based water reclaim systems infuse oxygen into the water to mitigate odor. The infusion of oxygen into the water aids in the conversion of anaerobic microbes to aerobic microbes. The byproduct of this conversion is CO2 (which has NO ODOR) and H20. An aeration based water reclaim is completely safe to operate and only requires a weekly strainer basket check and annual aeration air filter change.