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Clean Resources IDC Series Oil-Water Separator

Product: Clean Resources IDC Series Oil-Water Separator

Unmatched Performance

Clean Resources IDC oil-water separators are our best-selling units, and for a good reason. The proprietary alumina silicate substrate media beds adsorb ALL compressor-based lubricants, including silicone, polyalkylene glycol (PAGs), and food grade. Clean Resources is the only oil-water separator company to back this claim with third-party testing data.
Have more than one compressor using different types of lubricants? No problem. Each IDC series unit supports up to six simultaneously connected compressors or downstream devices in just one unit.
Whether you’re running 15 HP or 600 HP, there’s an IDC oil-water separator to match your medium to large compressed air system.

What Makes Clean Resources the Best OWS

How it works

  • Media utilizes molecular sieve technology and chemical bonding
  • Lubricant molecules attract to the proprietary substrate media bed like a magnet, permanently bonding and eliminating groundwater contamination

Standard features

  • All units are factory pre-plumbed and leak tested
  • Six inlets for multiple compressors or other downstream components
  • Gravity flow, no electricity
  • 10 ppm or less carryover throughout the life of the unit (lowest in the industry)

Maintenance-free—technician approved

  • No heavy, messy bag change-outs
  • No exposure to algae, black mold, bacteria or e-coli
  • Reduces or eliminates illness and allergic reactions

Recycle program

  • Dispose of in accordance with state and local regulations or,
  • Ship registered unit to Clean Resources for free recycling

Environmental conditions

  • Works in all conditions—contact your distributor for extremely cold climates
  • Specific gravity, emulsification, relative humidity, and temperature do not affect performance

Guaranteed Compliance

  • When properly sized, installed, and registered, our systems are guaranteed to reduce contaminants in your compressor condensate to 10 ppm or less* for the life of the unit. If your unit fails under these conditions, Clean Resources will replace the failed unit or provide a refund through your distributor.

*Methods tested: EPA1664b, EPA8270, EPA624 & EPA625 EPA8015c

Active Filtration

  • Utilizes a molecular sieve that pulls the hydrocarbon from condensate
  • Chemically improved substrate media bed
  • Media activates hydrocarbons to active sites bonding it to the substrate
  • Attracts and holds targeted contaminants
  • Repels water
  • Lubricants are actually bonded to media bed, eliminating possibility of ground water contamination from spent bed
  • No maintenance required
  • Recyclable when spent
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Unique sizes

Unique Sizes

  • Easy to manage
  • External/Internal decompression chamber
  • No “upsizing” required
  • Small footprint
  • Unmatched GPM performance
No power consumption

No Power Consumption

  • No electricity needed
  • Internal decompression chamber
  • Place anywhere
Maintenance free

Maintenance Free

  • Never open the unit
  • No pumps, sensors, or pre-separation filter pads
  • Not susceptible to mold
  • No messy filter/bags/elements to change (zero cost)
Under 10ppm discharge

<10ppm discharge

  • Separates emulsified condensate
  • Less than 10 ppm carryover throughout the life of the unit (lowest in industry)
  • EPA method tested: EPA1664, EPA8270, EPA624 & EPA625
  • Disposal as non-hazardous special waste
Easy installation

Easy Installation and Change Out

  • Prime unit and run condensate lines directly into unit
  • Saves time and mess for service
  • When full, replace with a new unit
All compressor fluids

Works with All Compressor Fluids

  • Manages all compressor fluids including POLYGLYCOL and SILICONE
  • Alumina silicate substrate media bed bonds to lubricant
  • Specific gravity, emulsification, relative humidity, and temperature do not affect performance

IDC 350

Idc 350The IDC-350 allows smaller industry compressors the ability to maintain EPA compliance easily. Like other units in the IDC series, the 350 uses an alumina silicate substrate media bed that prolongs the life of the unit and has an internal decompression chamber. All you need to do is prime the IDC-350 and run your condensate lines.

As with all Clean Resources products, the IDC-350 is designed to handle all compressor lubricants without regard to specific gravity, emulsification, or relative humidity. The IDC-350 is GUARANTEED to reduce compressor condensate to less than 10ppm for the life of the unit, or we will provide a refund through your distributor.

IDC-350 provides an easy, convenient, and cost-effective method to keep your compressor room EPA compliant. The IDC-350 uses no electricity, is maintenance-free, requires no pump, and is not susceptible to mold growth. All IDC-350 units can be disposed of as non-hazardous special waste, provided the liquid has been drained. Should your landfill not accept the spent unit, it can be returned to one of our sites. Fill out the disposal form at and follow the instructions.

IDC 500-1000

Idc unitsIDC-PAKs provides a convenient and cost-effective method to keep your compressor room EPA compliant. The innovative IDC-PAK requires no electricity, is maintenance-free and mold resistant. The lubricant absorbing media used in the units can be disposed of as non-hazardous special waste once the liquid has been drained.

The IDC-PAKs have been designed using an alumina silicate substrate media that prolongs the life of the unit. It also comes with a durable, onboard decompression chamber. These units ship complete with a six port inlet hub and an outlet hose. Prime the unit and run your condensate lines to the inlet. With the IDC-PAKs, there is no need for a separate decompression chamber.

These IDC-PAKs provide improved performance, a longer lifespan, simple single-step installation, and a lower profile. In addition, the sizing of the unit has been done to make it easy for service personnel or the client to become better aware of when to change the unit.

Premium Features

  1. Condensate Inlet Hub
    • Replace red caps with supplied push to connect fittings and insert compressor lines
  2. Vent
    • Pressure is decompressed and vented, preventing air locks
  3. Outlet
    • 10 ppm or less of filtered condensate exits to sanitary or floor drain
  4. Anti-Siphon Line
    • Vented line eliminates a vacuum siphon at the outlet
  5. Condensate Inlet Hub
    • Replace red caps with supplied push to connect fittings and insert compressor lines
  6. Vent
    • Pressure is decompressed and vented, preventing air locks
  7. Outlet
    • 10 ppm or less of filtered condensate exits to sanitary or floor drai

Lifespan in hours

Idc condensate treatment lifespan table

1 gallon of lubricant can contaminate up to 4 acres of ground water!

Environmental DRIVER

Federal Water Pollution Control Act (1972) or the Clean Water Act (CWA)

EpalogoGrowing public awareness and concern for controlling water pollution led to enactment of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972 (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.). As amended in 1977 (P.L. 95-217), this law became commonly known as the Clean Water Act (CWA). The CWA is the principle law governing pollution control and water quality of the Nation’s waterways. The object of the CWA is to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the Nation’s waters (33 U.S.C. 1251).

Title 40, Part 279 of the Code of Federal Regulations dictates the Rules Governing Proper Handling and Disposal of Used Oil. These rules specify that there can be no more than 40 ppm oil in the waste water drained to sewers.

Some local regulations are even stricter, depending upon a municipality’s ability to treat the waste water at the local level.


  • Average compressor condensate contains a minimum of 300 ppm of oil, prohibiting you from running directly to a drain.
    • EPA going out and testing facilities, imposing fines
    • Local ordinances doing code inspections
    • OSHA inspecting when unrelated incident occurs
  • Most lubricants are not visible in water unless greater than 500ppm
  • After “Deepwater Horizon” disaster, New Orleans, LA instituted 15 ppm maximum limit of oil in condensate
  • L.A. market charging $2,500/day fine until OWS is installed
  • Clean Water Act – maximum penalties for violations of an effluent limit increased from $37,500 to $51,570 per day per violation.
  • Regulations continually getting tighter
  • U.S. Drain Requirements (order of priority):
    • Sanitary Drain
    • Septic (gray water)
    • Storm (blue water)
    • Ground


The EPA allows for 40 PPM of oil carryover. The testing procedure standard set by the EPA is EPA 1664 for O & G (oil & grease) The EPA also allows for a filtered test and due to the nature of our media we would request a filtered test to simply remove solids from the clean condensate so that they are not weighed and give a false PPM count. Lab tests are required to be shipped on ice to approved laboratories. Glycol PPM tests have a more strict testing procedure, please consult Clean Resources before taking the samples for a glycol test.


Frequently Asked Questions

CRP units can be disposed at your local waste management facility or landfill. Corporately, this is not recommended as we would prefer customers utilize a waste removal service or participate with the provided recycling service. All registered units receive the service free of charge. RMA requests can be made at

Yes. Multiple inlets allow several different condensate flows into a single CRP unit, if additional lines are required a Y or Tee may be used to multiply the inlet connection.

All units come with a fork-ready handle to easily move. The smaller units can be handled by hand, but we recommend ALL filled units be moved with a forklift for safety. It is common to observe customers leaving the CRP unit on a pallet for the duration of the life and use a pallet jack to move it in and out which is also acceptable

Yes. Units can be placed outside, but should be protected from freezing temperatures and direct sun exposure. Water contents may freeze, expand and burst and over time, sun exposure and UV can degrade all materials.

Returning party is responsible for recycle fee for all unregistered units. CRP units can be recycled at manufacturers expense upon unit registration.

The discharge side of the CRP unit drains at gravity pressure. Any kinks, or coiling in the discharge line restricts flow and over time can back the unit up. Other restrictions that cause overflow problems are: long runs on a level surface, discharge hose being submerged, inclines in discharge line, and algae growth in the discharge hose

After the CRP unit is primed and oil filled condensate enters the unit natural liquid phase separation begins to take place, the lighter oil moves to the top and the heavy water moves through the media bed and then discharged.

Yes, that is normal. The liquid phase separation of the process serves as a bulk oil removal while the media bed acts as a polishing filtration system.

Yes, the CRP unit is stand alone with an internal diffusing system to disperse pressure back to ambient.

The systems we have troubleshot with this issue had a timer drain running more than several seconds and frequently. We also noticed that often times the drain valve was wide open so we closed the valve about 80% to reduce the flow and moved the timer drain to 2 seconds every 15 minutes or more depending on US location and it reduced the volume on the whistle noise. These units have since been replaced and the replacement unit made no noise at all. Once in a while inlet air hits something unique to that ow separator.

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