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Natural Awakenings Sarasota / Manatee / Charlotte

Better Water, Naturally, from Sparky

Apr 25, 2015 10:50PM ● By Suzi Harkola

Decades ago, while living in the Pacific Northwest, Bill Nelson had a dream of creating a product that would not only filter water without salt, but that would create water that was actually healthier for people and animals to drink.

His company, Sparky Healthy Water, uses oxygen and ozone on demand to sanitize the whole home’s water. Similar in appearance to a standard water softener, Sparky™ is a self-contained hybrid water system, using an aeration filter and patented bubbler to naturally clean the water.

“The beauty of this product lies in its simplicity,” states Nelson. “There is no maintenance, no filter changes, chlorine or salt (and we all know how expensive that can be), no iron stains and no sulfur odors. Best of all, there is no bad taste.”

Much like lightening makes ozone, which is a natural air and water purifier, the Sparky system creates ozone on demand. “Major cities and bottled water companies sanitize over 5 billion gallons of water per day in this manner,” notes Nelson. The product is manufactured in Sarasota and is certified organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

One of the many positives about Sparky is the fact that it removes chlorine, iron, sulfur, harmful bacteria and viruses, but leaves beneficial levels of calcium and manganese, essential to the body’s health.

“With the large number of wells in Sarasota and Charlotte counties, particularly around Venice, Englewood, Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte, the traditional water softener system simply is outdated and ineffective,” Nelson says. “Sparky is revolutionary in that it is an all-in-one water sanitizer. Your water will taste and feel amazing.”

He continues to point out that the water filtered through a Sparky system is more than just taste. It has environmental impact, too. “Every salt water softener discharges 12,000 to 50,000 gallons of salt-laced brine every year into the Florida environment,” he explains, and “salt water softeners can be hazardous to the health of anyone over 40 or those on a low-sodium diet.”

The product has been featured on multiple news programs, including the ABC News on Food Safety with Peter Jennings.


The Beauty of Ozone

Ozone, chemical symbol O3, is produced by changing the oxygen in the air by means of an electronic discharge. We all know how great the air smells after a lightning storm – clean, fresh, invigorating. When ozone mixes with water, there are no carcinogenic by products as there can be with chlorine and other chemicals. The by-product of ozone is pure oxygen.

Nelson has been on a campaign to ban salt water softening systems for years. “We are back-flushing chemicals and salt into our environment daily,” he says, adding, “This is truly an environmental issue. Water softeners waste between 70 and 300 gallons of water every week.”

He goes on to point out the ozone is a water purifier and sterilizer: “It’s 150 times more powerful than chlorine, 3,500 times faster-acting than chlorine, and leaves no toxic or carcinogenic by-products. Because of ozone’s short life, it quickly converts to pure oxygen and, thus, adds much needed oxygen to the water. Because Spark requires no chemicals, it is a healthier and very- cost-effective solution to water purification.”

The units come in multiple sizes, from sink top to whole house, and some are specifically designed to purify swimming pools and spas. “Since oxygen can be absorbed through the skin,” Nelson notes, “bathing in highly-oxygenated water can be extremely healthful.”

He is quick to point out that ozone does not replace a water filter. “In fact,” he says, “an in-line water filter should be placed before water ozonators to keep particulate matter out of the ozone machine and thus out of your water. While a filter is still necessary, ozone will kill bacteria and viruses and give you an extra level of protection. Ozone should be the final stage in water treatment to ensure your water is bacteria free.”


Bill Nelson, AKA Mr. Ozone, is the founder of Sparky Healthy Water, LLC. He retired from the University of Washington, moving to Florida for a climate change. He immediately noticed Florida’s problem with poor water quality and the cleaning systems in place, so he opted to use his 35-year knowledge in ozone sanitation to solve the problem. His Sparky Hybrid Water Sanitizer is manufactured in Sarasota and is used for homes using city tap or well water. For more information, visit, email [email protected] or call 941-786-7337.


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