Dime Lab Water Systems is a water purification products company.
Founded by Dime Water Manufacturing, Inc., Dime has been in the Water Treatment Industry since 1994. Dime’s Chief engineer and co-owner, Mike Colburn has been in water treatment since 1969.
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Mr. Colburn is well known as one of the most innovative engineers in the industry today. In addition to Mr. Colburn’s expertise, Dime Water has a 10,000 sq. ft manufacturing, lab and research facility in Vista, California fully staffed with a combined experience of over 125 years in Specialized Water Treatment.
Dime Water develops water treatment products, lab water purification systems and custom water purification units.
These units are available for all laboratory water grades, for every type of application, from the large commercial sterile loops to the single lab water work areas needing more technical processes.
The history of water purification
As early as the 1700’s chemists (pharmacists) knew water needed to be purified though there wasn’t a good understanding of biologic and ionic contamination. Treatment consisted of gravity percolation through unglazed ceramic columns which were called candles. They remain available to this day and can be seen in period paintings elevated on a shelf behind the chemist. The process in today’s terms is submicron filtration for biologics reduction.
The use of candles soon morphed into distillation first with flasks over a Bunsen burner followed by ever larger heat sources and metal flash and condensing chambers. Biologics kill and gas off of volatile organics are achieved through heat and ionic content (TDS) is significantly reduced via boiling. To continually increase TDS reduction multiple pass distillation became popular providing triple distilled water.
In the early 1960s, reasonably priced two-column deionizers were employed to produce water with a TDS level low enough to transition common TDS measurement to megohms with 1-3 Meg water common. The serendipitous discovery of mixing cation and anion resins in a single vessel in the mid-1960s led to easily achievable 10-18 Meg water which is now common in both in situ regenerating DI units and portable exchange (PE) tanks offered as MBDI tanks.
In the 1970s reverse osmosis (RO) units and ultraviolet systems were introduced to the mix. The RO took 95% of the TDS from the water thus reducing the work needed from the MBDI tanks and the UV effectively killed bacteria and viruses. In this era, many changes also took place in the plastics industry leading to inert materials (polymers) for pipes, tubing, and fittings that can transport treated water without adding any unwanted chemicals.
And here we are today. Components have been tweaked since the 1970s and instruments look sexier but basically the same processes continue to be used, so overpaying for a laboratory water treatment system with a historical brand name nets nothing but a higher purchase price, expensive disposables, and high priced service.