- Sat Jul 28, 2012 1:38 pm
The quality of this water is essentially the same as distilled water; mineral free and a Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) level of near zero. The water should NEVER be used for human consumption as it may contain heavy metals from contact with the cooling coils and other HVAC equipment. The lack of minerals in the water (similar to distilled water) also makes it corrosive to most metals, especially steel and iron.
The water’s low-mineral quality and lack of sanitizers (chlorine, chloromine, etc.) makes it excellent for the purposes of irrigation. In the residential sector, this water should be used similar to harvested rainwater; irrigation for plants not intended for human consumption. Although condensate water does not have the health risk of containing biological pollutants commonly found in rainwater (bird feces), there is a slight risk of lead contamination (from solder joints in the evaporative coils) building up to dangerous levels in soil continually irrigated with the water.