Condensate and the Environment
As with most industrial processes, the creation of compressed air can produce undesirable byproducts that must be managed to keep processes running smoothly. One of the most prevalent consequences of using compressed air systems is the creation of condensate, a mixture of moisture and oil.
Compressed air systems are regularly flooded with oil; a 100-Hp compressor passes an average of 10 gallons of oil per year. Just 1 gallon of oil, however, can contaminate about a million gallons of water.