NASA Spinoff Database: Water Purification Systems

NASA Center: Johnson Space Center
Public Release Year: 1994
Reference Number: JSC-SO-195
Category: Consumer/Home/Recreation
Origin: Apollo

Clearwater Pool Technologies employs NASA-developed silver/copper ionization to purify turtle and dolphin tanks, cooling towers, spas, water recycling systems, etc. The pool purifier consists of a microcomputer to monitor water conditions, a pair of metallic electrodes, and a rheostat controller. Ions are generated by passing a low voltage current through the electrodes; the silver ions kill the bacteria, and the copper ions kill algae. This technology has found broad application because it offers an alternative to chemical disinfectants. It was originally developed to purify water on Apollo spacecraft.

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Page Number in Published book: 86
Manufacturer: Clearwater Pool Technologies, Inc.

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