Learn distillation basics and the answers to frequently asked questions
You would think that drinking water that meets Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards would be safe and healthy, but it’s actually one of your biggest health risks. Even “safe” water may contain “acceptable” amounts of lead, arsenic, mercury, radioactive particles, and a long list of other poisons. To illustrate this point:
There are more than 75,000 chemical compounds used by industry and agriculture, with thousands more added each year—many unregulated.
Eighty percent of these chemicals have never been tested for long-term, chronic toxicity.
It’s estimated that 20 billion tons of chemicals, radioactive waste, and pollutants are introduced into the environment each year, and the belief is that most of these toxic chemicals eventually reach our water supply.
In the United States, the EPA has evaluated and set standards for only a small percentage of the more than 700 chemicals found in drinking water supplies.
Distillation is the Only Viable Option
Because municipal water treatment facilities can’t remove all toxins, the only solution is to take advantage of water filtration technology for your own home. My first choice for safe drinking water is distillation, because it safely removes all contaminants. It’s a fairly simple process in which water is heated until it boils and turns to steam. The boiling action kills bacteria and other pathogens, and as the steam rises, it leaves behind waste material, minerals, heavy metals, and other heavier contaminants. The steam is then cooled and returns to water.
Distillation is effective because it removes the water from the contaminants, rather than trying to remove the contaminants from the water. Distillers have several major advantages over other purification systems. A good distillation system pretty much eliminates the need to ever have your water tested. It’s the only purification system I know that removes every kind of bacteria, virus, parasite, and pathogen, as well as pesticides, herbicides, organic and inorganic chemicals, heavy metals (dissolved or otherwise), and even radioactive contaminants.
One added benefit to having a distiller is that if your tap water supply is lost for any reason, you can safely distill water from a river, lake, pond, or swimming pool. True, distillation takes longer than other methods such as drip filtration, but I consider any inconvenience associated with distillation minor in comparison to the safety.