Distilled Water

Who can I trust when talking about “safe water”?
The examination of DISTILLED WATER v. AquaDrop™

Everyone wants to say that their alternative is the “best”. However, the truth is that there are a lot of variables to consider and different treatments may apply to different circumstances. However, the first set of circumstances to consider is ARE YOU IN AN EMERGENCY?

If the answer is no, you have many alternatives each with its advantages and disadvantages. However if there is truly an emergency and your life and that of your loved ones is at risk, you want to have as many options as possible.

Consider distilled water for a moment. It is clear that distilled water has a place in water treatment. It’s BIG advantage is that if PROPERLY DONE, it can remove the water from potentially dangerous chemicals, pharmaceuticals, or fertilizers that may be present in your source of water. To be honest, chlorine, iodine, ultraviolet light, etc. cannot help you the same way distillation can. Even filtering of the water might not entirely protect you depending upon the construction of the filter including the micron size and newness of the filter.

However, distillation is not the panacea that still manufacturers want you to believe. In times of emergency, distillation requires an abundant source of energy that may not be available and may even be dangerous. We all understand that in the case of hurricanes, tornados, or earthquakes that there may be dangerous public gas leaks to consider and certainly running a still in the midst of that environment would not be recommended. Further, watching the many “survival programs” one quickly sees that boiling the water, or further distilling it may not be an option as the inability to generate a fire or find fuel is often a serious obstacle. AquaDrop™ is safe to use in these circumstances because it requires no flammable heat source to complete its treatment process.

Questions rage without scientific evidence as to whether there is any long term effect on the human body from drinking distilled water. The issue being “DOES DISTILLED WATER LEACH MINERALS FROM THE BODY?”

The five year old blog at http://www.medhelp.org/posts/Nutrition/Distilled-Water-for-drinking/show/1251783 is interesting to follow comments in this regard.

As far as short term impact, I think we can all agree that distilled water is safe in short term use. However to simply deny that distilled water has no leaching impact in the long term seems hard to support when one takes into mind that water is one of nature’s greatest solvents (if not its greatest). Almost everything is soluble to some degree in water and to assume long term use of distilled water passing through your various systems has absolutely no effect on removing minerals, etc. appears on reflection to be difficult to defend.

Finally consider that distilled water, once cooled, has introduced NOTHING to protect that the process of bacteria growth might not begin and populate the distilled water with bacteria unless the environment you are working in is sterilized. Such assumption is not sustainable in case of an emergency.

AquaDrop™ has the advantage of killing the bacteria in case of an emergency while not requiring any fuel source or special equipment like a still. AquaDrop™ cannot remove (nor does it claim to remove) the chemicals, pharmaceuticals or fertilizers that may be in the water (we suggest looking for alternative sources of water to treat if possible if this is the primary problem). However, distillation also may not remove those contaminants that boil off at temperatures below the boiling point of water unless the distillation process holds the temperature just below the boiling point of water and maintains it until all such contaminants with lower boiling points are removed before raising the water temperature to the boiling point to begin distillation. Otherwise the contaminants with a lower boiling point will continue to be distilled with the water and not removed.

Finally, AquaDrop™ provides residual fighting power after treatment to immediately attack any bacteria introduced after the primary treatment to immediately destroy the bacteria before it has a chance to grow and multiply in the treated water source. None of your alternative treatments really provide this protection after the initial treatment.