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Friday, May 7, 2010
Distilling has been around for thousands of years. It is often thought of as being the main process for creating alcoholic beverages from moonshine to top-label whiskey. Distillation can also be used to purify water. While it is no longer as popular as other purification methods for home use, it is still used in some homes and in many laboratories.
The process of distilling water is fairly simple in principle. It begins with a heat source that is used to vaporize the water. The main objective in distilling water is to separate the clean, pure water molecules from whatever contaminants that may be in the untreated water. In order for this to work, the boiling point for the contaminants must be higher than the boiling point for water.
As the water begins to boil, it also begins to vaporize. The temperature at this point in the process needs to remain constant so that the water continues to vaporize but the contaminant molecules do not. The vaporized water molecules are collected in a series of tubes and allowed to cool which brings them back to a fluid state. The fluid, pure water, is collected in a container for dispensing.
The distillation process can remove most minerals from water and it can also remove or kill most bacteria and viruses. Any chemicals that may be in the untreated water will also be removed as long as their boiling point is below that of water.
Distillation removes heavy metal materials such as mercury, lead, and arsenic. It can also remove hardening agents such as calcium and phosphorous. Because of its ability to remove viruses and bacteria, distillation is often used in global areas where the risk of waterborne disease is high.
Distilling water will not remove chlorine, chlorine byproducts, or VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds). The reason is because these chemicals have a lower boiling point than water.
It should be noted that distilling water for drinking can lead to some health issues. Distilled water is more acidic than any other type of treated water and this increased acidity can lead to health problems such as loss of calcium on bones and problems with teeth and gums.
For the above reasons, most homeowners prefer to use water filters to remove contaminants from their drinking water. High-quality water filters can accomplish the job of delivering clean drinking water and do so with less risk to your health.
by: Chris Tracey