A reactive dye bath sample containing a mixture of dyes was ozonated and colour removal was obtained in a relatively short time of 30 min at 605 mgl(-1) of ozone utilisation. The factors affecting ozonation were assessed by comparing the results of dye bath and synthetic samples. Results from dye bath and synthetic dye solution ozonation were found to be significantly different. NaCl and Na2CO3 were determined to have a slight effect only on the initial rate of ozonation. However, the effect of the chelating agent in terms of both time and ozone dose was significant and explained the differences between the results of the dye bath and dye solution ozonation.