Organic Solvents Wastewater Analysis

Organic Solvents Wastewater Analysis

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What are Organic Solvents?

Organic solvents are carbon-containing compounds that can dissolve other substances. They are commonly used in various industries and laboratory settings for tasks like extraction, cleaning, and synthesis.

Organic Solvents Southern Scientific Services can currently test: 

Here is a list of organic solvents that can be tested for:

  1. Methanol: A widely used solvent in chemical processes and laboratory applications.
  2. Ethanol: Commonly known as alcohol, used as a solvent, disinfectant, and in the pharmaceutical and beverage industries.
  3. Acetonitrile: Often used in chemical analysis and as a solvent in organic synthesis.
  4. Acetone: A versatile solvent used in laboratories, as a nail polish remover, and in industrial processes.
  5. IPA (Isopropyl Alcohol): Used as a disinfectant, cleaning agent, and solvent in various industries.
  6. DCM (Dichloromethane): A volatile solvent used in chemical reactions and as a paint stripper.
  7. EtOAc (Ethyl Acetate): A common solvent in organic synthesis and extraction processes.
  8. n-Heptane: Used as a nonpolar solvent and as a standard in gasoline testing.
  9. 1-Propanol: A solvent and antiseptic used in the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries.
  10. MTBE (Methyl tert-butyl ether): Used as a fuel additive and solvent.
  11. THF (Tetrahydrofuran): A versatile solvent in chemical reactions and polymer processing.
  12. Iso-butanol: Used in coatings, inks, and as a solvent.
  13. DMF (Dimethylformamide): A solvent in chemical reactions and polymer processing.
  14. Toluene: Used in paints, coatings, and as a solvent in various industrial applications.
  15. Chlorobenzene: Used as a solvent and in the synthesis of chemicals.
  16. DMSO (Dimethyl sulfoxide): A powerful solvent with a wide range of applications in pharmaceuticals and research.
  17. t-Amyl Alcohol: Used as a solvent and in the production of plasticisers.
  18. Ethylene Dichloride: A solvent and chemical intermediate used in the production of PVC.

These solvents serve diverse purposes in different industries, but their use requires careful handling and disposal due to potential health and environmental risks. Testing for the presence of these solvents is essential in ensuring product quality, safety, and compliance with regulatory standards.

 What affect can organic compounds have if ingested?

The presence of organic solvents in drinking water can have significant health and environmental implications. These solvents, including methanol, ethanol, acetone, and others, can pose health risks when consumed in elevated concentrations. Depending on the specific solvent, health effects may range from neurological symptoms and organ damage to an increased risk of cancer. Additionally, organic solvents can impart undesirable tastes and odours to drinking water, impacting its acceptability.

Furthermore, the release of organic solvents into water bodies can harm aquatic ecosystems by affecting aquatic life and habitats. To mitigate these risks, regulatory agencies establish maximum allowable concentrations for specific solvents in drinking water. Regular monitoring and testing of water supplies are essential to ensure compliance with these standards and protect public health. If elevated levels are detected, appropriate water treatment measures must be implemented to safeguard both human health and the environment.


The Service You Need.
The team at Southern Scientific carries out a solvent waste analysis which:
  1. Assists in identifying the hazards associated with handling, transporting, and treating mixtures of solvent waste.
  2. Assists in site solvent mass balance determination.
  3. Assess organic compound quantity in water samples.

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Recommended For:

Organic solvents are commonly used in many industries, including food, textile, and pharmaceutical industries. It’s recommended that these industries test for organic solvents regularly.

Why Test?

Analysis of residual solvents is critical because:
  1. Solvents are toxic to micro-organisms and, therefore, can decrease the efficiency of wastewater treatment systems.
  2. Some solvents are flammable and potentially dangerous.
  3. Companies must comply with limits on solvents in their wastewater, according to the EPA.
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