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. 

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