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The production of beer and spirits requires large volumes of water, for example, it takes around 50 litres of water to produce one litre of whisky.1 According to the 2015 Environmental Strategy Report2 from the Scottish Whisky Association, in 2014 the whisky industry’s total water input was 48.8 million cubic metres, of which 73% was used for cooling purposes and returned to the environment unchanged except for the temperature. Of the remaining 13 million cubic metres, process water accounted for 63% with the rest being used for cleaning and general manufacturing activities.
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Pure water is used almost everywhere in the lab, from being a key reagent in your day-to-day experiments and assays to performing those "behind the scenes" functions like autoclaving, cleaning and water bath set-up. However, it can be tricky to select the right purity for the type of work you are doing.