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Lighting…The Natural Way to Purify Our Air & Water

Dec 11, 2015 03:28PM ● By Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer

Living in the Sunshine State offers undeniable advantages—access to world-class beaches, year-round outdoor amenities and perpetual warm temperatures, for instance. However, despite these benefits, unpredictable weather patterns come with the territory of a Florida lifestyle. 

               The Suncoast, specifically, has the nation’s highest lightning concentration which can damage property, cause bodily harm and even lead to death. In fact, these occupational hazards are what most people associate with lighting strikes. While we generally fear this natural phenomenon, though, lightning possesses qualities that we need to stay alive.    

               As it travels through the atmosphere, lightning turns oxygen (O2) into the gaseous compound O3 which chemists call ozone. This conversion forms a 10-mile high and 10-mile wide radius, known as the ozone layer, which protects us from harmful UV solar rays. Whenever lightning strikes during a rain storm, the surrounding air carries a fresh scent from generated ozone in the atmosphere, cleansing our oxygen supply. This naturally occurring process enhances humankind’s ability to breathe.   

               For about a century, European countries have been harnessing the untainted purification properties of ozone to decontaminate their food and drinking water for safe consumption. This 100-year-old technology is still considered a novelty throughout the United States—but its demand is increasing. 

               The USDA and FDA approved ozone usage around 2001, primarily for organic farming and food processing purposes. In certain U.S. regions, ozone depuration stations are utilized to rid shellfish of toxins before entering the wholesale market, and most public aquariums sanitize tanks with ozone so tourists can view the marine exhibits underwater. Additionally, in major urban centers, ozone purifies over five billion gallons of drinking water per day.

               Within the medical field, ozone has become a preferred method of sterilizing equipment, and food processing plants clean industrial waste water and production machinery with this compound. Also, here in Florida, ozone purification is the standard grade for multiple citrus fruit packing warehouses.

               When applied to drinking water, ozone oxidizes contaminants like bacteria, viral strains, iron, magnesium, sulfur and tannins—which is how Sparky Healthy Water fits into the equation. Manufactured locally in Venice, this company has gained widespread recognition as Florida’s leading producer of hybrid water sanitation systems, using ozone technology. 

               This self-contained unit operates on a patented oxygen bubbler and eco-friendly aeration filter to organically clean an entire household’s water supply. “Lighting turns ozone into a natural air and water purification system that we make on-demand with an efficient three-amp power source. 

               “Since the byproduct of ozone is 100% oxygen, there is no salt or chemical content, and never a filter to replace. In fact, that’s the idea behind our name—‘Sparky’ because the electric currents from lightning generate ozone, and ‘Healthy’ because ozone is 150 times stronger and 3,500 times faster-acting than chlorine,” explains the company founder Bill Nelson.  

               Most restaurants, homes and public spaces throughout this area rely on salt water softeners and hazardous chemicals to distil drinking water, but the World Health Organization cautions that people over age 40, or who require a low-sodium diet, should not consume these artificial substances. Moreover, every household operating on salt water softener will annually discharge about 12,000–50,000 gallons of saline-laced brine water into the environment. 

               Conversely, Nelson illuminates, “Sparky Healthy Water’s patented stainless steel Oxygen Bubbler Aerator will sanitize both well and city water, creating small bubbles of oxygen in all faucets throughout your house to provide clean and delicious water for the whole family.” So, next time you see a lightning bolt streak across the horizon, just consider it nature’s way of affording us breathable air, purified water and safety from toxic pollutants.


For more information on installing a Sparky Healthy Water system in your own home, call 1-941-202-9050, email [email protected] or visit


Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer is the Managing Editor of Natural Awakenings Sarasota-Manatee. She also works as a freelance writer, blogger and social media marketer, based in Southwest Florida. Her personal blog,, features practical tips for embracing a fit, nutritious and empowered lifestyle.






Interesting Ozone Facts:


·         Ozone disinfects water, eliminating color, taste and odor

·         Ozone is 150 times more powerful than chlorine

·         Ozone is 3,500 times faster-acting than chlorine

·         Ozone leaves behind no toxic or carcinogenic byproducts

Ozone Kills:

·         E.coli Staphylococcus Areus

·         Fecal Streptococci Salmonella Choleraesuis

·         Staphylococcus Aureua Bacillus Subtillis

·         Aspergillus Niger Bacillus Antracis (Anthrax)

Ozone Removes:

·         Micro-organisms

·         Viruses and Bacteria

·         E. Coli 3 (125 times faster than chlorine.)

·         THM formation (a problem with chlorine)

·         Oxidation of inorganics

·         Taste and odor control

·         Micro-flocculation

·         Oxidizing synthetic and volatile organic chemicals

·         Legionalla pneumophila (bacteria responsible for Legionnaires disease)

·         Bacillus and Clostridium spores

·         Amoebae Cysts and Free Amoebae

·         Giardia, Cryptosporidium and Algae

·         Iron, Manganese, Cadmium, Zinc, Nitrate and Sulfides

·         Heavy metals (arsenic, copper and lead)

·         Over 700 individual organic compounds

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