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Water Distillers and VOCs

Water Distillers

VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds. They're a class of chemicals that readily evaporate or vaporize (which is what makes them volatile), and contain carbon (making them organic). They're present in much of the nation's water supplies.

When at low concentrations, VOCs produce a sweet pleasant odor. At high concentrations, however, VOCs have a variety of harmful health effects. Fortunately, they can be eliminated with the use of a simple water distiller. Continue reading for additional information.

VOCs enter ground water from a variety of sources including gasoline or oil spills, the leaking of underground fuel tanks, septic system cleaners, and some chemicals used in dry-cleaning. At high concentrations, they can cause nervous system depression, irritation to the skin, irritation to mucous membranes when inhaled, and more. At this time, little is known about the additive effects of these chemicals, and therefore, special attention is being paid to detecting and eliminating VOCs from drinking water, as they could be very bad.

To fight VOCs in your drinking water, a water distiller, reverse osmosis systems, and well-designed filters are a good option. Water distillers remove VOCs present in tap water by boiling off and vaporizing VOCs during the warm up cycle. They are then vented through the air, and any VOCs that remain can be effectively eliminated with a carbon post filter. For more information on the process, continue reading.

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The Distillation Process

The distillation process is fairly simple:

  • 1. Tap water is heated to 100 degrees Celsius, killing bacteria, cysts, and viruses
  • 2. The steam rises and leaves salts, heavy metals, dissolved solids, and dead microbes behind
  • 3. Low boiling light gases are discharged through a vent
  • 4. The pure steam is condensed and collected
  • 5. The purified water percolates through a carbon filter, which collects any leftover substances (including VOCs)
  • 6. At the end of the process, the water from the water distiller is ready for drinking, cooking, and more

To protect yourself and your family, consider purchasing a distiller from Southlantic Water Systems. Continue browsing for additional information, and contact us with any questions you may have.

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