The process of compressing air typically produces a substantial amount of condensate that contains air compressor lubricant carryover. Without an oil-water separator in your compressed air system, this condensate/lubricant mixture will go down the drain and quite possibly find its way into the surrounding groundwater. This improper disposal causes three huge issues:
A single 100 HP air compressor can carryover 15 gallons of lubricant per year. Combine that with the fact that a single gallon of lubricant can contaminate 4 acres of groundwater and you start to see the importance of capturing the lubricant before it heads down the drain.
As you’ve probably already pieced together, the above issues can lead to a huge payout in fines, negative publicity and clean-up costs. A GD PAK Oil-Water Separator is an investment – or an insurance policy – that will protect your operation from these issues.
Improperly disposing of this condensate/lubricant mixture is illegal. Depending on your location, the allowable amount of lubricant contamination sent into the sewer can be as low as 10 ppm. The condensate produced by the typical air compressor has between 500 and 5000 ppm of contaminants.