Monday, April 13, 2015

Presence of Dichloromethane in Water

One of the greatest source of water problems are human practices and activities. Agricultural and industrial practices that support the modern world produce byproducts or use substances that can be harmful to the environment. These harmful substances can easily get to bodies of water that serve as a source for countless households.

Water contamination is a serious problem that requires action. However, it is simply not possible to eliminate the threat of contamination entirely. The only way to eliminate this threat is by stopping the aforementioned industries and there is just no way that is possible. What can be done, is to minimize the risk of such contaminations. Water analysis and treatment is important to protect yourselves from the threat for water contamination.

It is also very important to learn about the potential contaminants that can compromise the safety of your water.

Dichloromethane is a colorless volatile organic liquid that gives off a sweet pleasant odor. It has plenty of different applications but is primarily used as a paint remover. Also known for its acronym DCM, this liquid compound is also used as a solvent and cleaning agent in various industrial operations.

The presence of dichloromethane in water has been linked to cancer and liver problems. Private wells that are located near operations and other human activities that use DCM such as drug and chemical companies have higher chances of contamination. In order to protect the safety of the people relying on the private well, a regular water analysis must be contacted to keep track of the quality of the water.

DCM can removed from the water through granular activated carbon water treatment and packed tower aeration. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Purification of Water

Water can contain unwanted contaminants. Purification of water removes contaminants that can affect the usability of the water. Purification of water is often associated only with the installation of filtration systems. However, there is more to it than that. In fact, it is similar to how doctors treat diseases. Before prescribing medication, the condition must first be diagnosed.

In the purification of water, it all starts with water sample testing and risk analysis to help predict or diagnose the water problem. A water sample is sent to a laboratory to be analyzed for presence of contaminants and checked for quality indicators. Water quality indicators include pH levels and presence of fecal and total coliforms.

Risk analysis involves investigation of human activities and geological conditions nearby that can have an effect on the water source. Mining, manufacturing and agriculture are some examples of human activities that can lead to contamination of water sources. Improperly disposed waste and byproducts used in these activities can sip through the soil and lead to underground water or get carried off by water from the rain or melted snow into rivers, lakes and other bodies of water.

By knowing potential and actual water problems, it is now possible to identify the ideal water filtration system to install. There are plenty of types of filtration systems that feature treatment processes that are designed to deal with certain types of contaminants.

Home water filter systems are popular amongst those who have private wells. The filter system not only keeps the water safe but also improves its taste. Some households also use filter systems for public water sources to remove the disinfectants that are added in the water by water suppliers.