International Ozone Association

WQP: What is IOA? Give us a brief overview of the association, its mission statement, etc.

Paul Overbeck & Brian Johnson: The IOA was formed in 1973 to serve as the central clearinghouse for ozone technology transfer and development. For more than 30 years now, the IOA has served as the vehicle and authority for the global gathering, dissemination and summit on ozone information. IOA brings together the world’s leading ozone scientists, engineers, systems designers, technologists, ozone equipment manufacturers as well as leading end users to share their experiences and research data on ozone to keep up on this exciting and rapidly growing technology.

WQP: What are some of the main benefits of IOA’s membership?

Overbeck & Johnson: Whether you or your organization currently works with ozone, or if you are interested in learning what this oxidant can do, membership in the IOA will have tremendous benefits. As an individual, end user, academic, manufacturing or consultant member, you’ll have access to the top specialists in ozone technology and to an enormous amount of ozone information which is the result of decades of ozone technology and application development as well as important problem-solving experiences.

You’ll be able to confer with seasoned ozone professionals and be able to leverage the experience of more than 1,500 individuals who have spent years working with all facets of ozone technology. Water purification, water reclamation, sewage treatment, odor control, cooling tower water treatment, food processing, aquatic biofouling, marine depuration, air purification, as well as countless experimental uses of ozone which have been studied in detail by the global IOA members.

In addition, members receive an online subscription to Ozone Science & Engineering Journal, the international peer reviewed ozone scientific journal with detailed analysis and in-depth technical findings of major research and developments, engineering improvements, system design reports, application experimentation results and other important papers on ever evolving ozone technology. Every other month, members receive the Ozone News Magazine featuring IOA updates and information on the latest ozone related developments in equipment, applications and literature.

IOA members also receive special membership discounts of 25% or more for conferences, technical meetings and seminars. For example, the annual North American IOA conference Oct. 8–12 in Lake Lanier, Ga.

WQP: What are some of IOA’s plans for 2005 and 2006?

Overbeck & Johnson: There are so many… Ozone is the most powerful oxidant commercially available, so ozone applications and business opportunities for members continue to grow and expand at a rapid rate. With growth on so many fronts, the IOA selects areas of high growth and opportunities for members to focus its resources and knowledge base. Special Task Forces assembled with IOA members tackle the issues to develop opportunities for ozone. A few of the highlights for 2005 are:

  • Food Treatment and Technology Task Force – Led by Dr. Rip Rice for the purpose of promoting the understanding and developing guidelines for the proper use of ozone in food and agriculture industries. The Task Force provides information on ozone cost benefits for food and agriculture producers including shelf life extension and quality improvement;
  • Air Treatment Task Force – Led by Ron Barnes for the purpose of promoting the understanding and developing guidelines for the proper use of ozone for air treatment and related ozone/air applications. The Task Force will develop a database of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and other ozone/air treatment benefits based on scientific facts and verified case history studies to provide members with valuable application data for the commercial deployment of ozone in air treatment; and
  • Municipal Task Force – Led by Kerwin Rakness for the purpose of promoting the developing guidelines for the proper use of ozone in drinking water. The Task Force holds joint workshops with various water industry associations and groups to educate water treatment operators, consultants, engineers, civic leaders and others on the cost, quality and safety benefits of ozone in drinking water treatment plants. In general, IOA Task Forces are one way the IOA blazes the trail to stimulate growth for members in new and emerging ozone markets as well as maximizing ozone commercial strength in mature and existing markets. Task Forces contribute by identifying technical and regulatory issues for members and develop suggestions on how these issues can be studied, addressed and overcome. The information is transferred to members by the Task Forces organization of workshops and sessions at IOA regional and international conferences, Ozone News Magazine and Ozone Science & Engineering Journal, etc. Members can join a Task Force and be involved in case studies, projects and the discovery of new benefits and opportunities for the use of ozone.

WQP: What are some current regulatory reforms affecting ozone applications in the water market?

Overbeck & Johnson: The regulatory agencies are in place to assure protection of the public heath whether the subject is drinking water quality, food safety, air quality, groundwater protection, pharmaceutical quality or a multitude of other areas. As such, we are driven in the search for “Best Available Technologies” (BAT). Ozone has already been identified by the U.S. EPA as a BAT to meet the latest Clean Water Act Rules. U.S. FDA approved its use in bottled water production and distribution 20 years ago and recently authorized its use in food processing. Global Industry has recognized ozone as a BAT used in production processes in electronics, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, chemical process and mining industries to name a few. The industry values efficient, effective and environmental technologies that show rapid payback.

WQP: What is IOA’s function in the water market?

Overbeck & Johnson: The applications for ozone in the water market are so broad we don’t have space to do it justice. It is best to say that ozone provides multiple benefits to its users. The IOA, through its educational activities and publications introduces ozone and its benefits and expands the knowledge base for many users and potential users to maximize successful applications.

WQP: Can you give us an overview of your involvement with WQA Aquatech and the benefits of this relationship?

Overbeck & Johnson: The IOA is a not-for-profit educational association, which performs its information-sharing functions through sponsorship of international symposia, seminars, publications and the development of personal relationships among ozone specialists throughout the world. Towards achieving this goal, IOA contributes to and has reciprocal technical and knowledge support and sharing agreements with other associations such as the WQA Aquatech, IBWA, IFT, AWWA to name a few. IOA conducted a five-hour technical session covering the uses of ozone in industrial applications during WQA Aquatech in Las Vegas this year. This is only the latest of many sessions conducted by IOA at WQA events over the years. IOA conducted a day-long workshop at the AWWA Conference and Exposition as well as at Pollutech in France last year. We are committed to getting information on ozone to those who need it. wqp

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