The traditional process of Distillation is one of the oldest methods of producing ‘pure water’ and involves heating water in a vessel until water vapour or steam is created. This water vapour is then collected in a separate vessel, cooled and the resultant liquid is known as Distilled Water.
By comparison, a standard countertop laboratory Water Distiller will generate approximately 8 litres of Distilled Water per hour whilst generating much more waste water and using far more energy. Home Water Distillers generate about 1 or 2 litres per hour.
The Mueller Vapour Compression Distiller has been a significant investment for ReAgent and is worth well in excess of £40,000 including purchasing and installation. It has to be fed with very high purity water; tap water cannot be used as it would damage the heat exchangers by furring them up with lime-scale.
Managing Director Richard Hudson adds, “Very few companies in the UK have one of these machines as few companies have the need to purify water on the same scale as ReAgent. We decided to invest in a Vapour Compression Distiller to meet our requirements for the cleanest water possible in our products. We manufacture to European Pharmacopeia (EP) Standards and our water meets pharmaceutical requirements. Our water is regularly checked in-house to test for pH level, conductivity and Nitrates but we outsource the bacteriological testing to a specialist laboratory. Our Distilled Water meets the requirements of the EP for Purified Water in Bulk.”
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ReAgent use Distilled Water as a raw material in the wide range of high quality chemical solutions which they manufacture.