You may be wondering what distilled water actually means. The distillation of drinking water is a process that dates back as far as 200 a.d. as many explorers of the time have noted in their travel journals. Removing the contaminants and impurities of sea water was essential for their survival. This basic process is still used to this day. Thankfully for most of us, it is not a matter of survival (although for some it still is). We now enjoy distilled water simply for its pure, fresh taste and versatility.
How Does Distillation Work?
Believe it or not, distillation is occurring all around you right now, it is called the hydrologic cycle.
- The heat of the sun causes land water from lakes, rivers, and streams to evaporate.
- When evaporation occurs, contaminants are left behind.
- Then the evaporation travels back into the atmosphere, eventually hitting cooler air. When the two collide condensation occurs resulting in precipitation in the form of rain, snow or dew.
If man-made contaminants were taken out of the picture that precipitation would be purified…remember when it evaporated impurities were left behind.
What is the Distilled Water Distillation Process?
The distilled water distillation process is quite simple.
- Water is heated to a boil and steam occurs.
- That steam travels to a separate holding tank leaving behind 99% of all solids, minerals, contaminants, and impurities.
- The impurities are flushed from the system.
- The purified steam is then cooled and returns to liquid form, also known as distilled water.
The process is beautifully simplistic.
What is Distilled Water Used For?
- Distilled water is almost completely void of any dissolved solids (generally <1ppm). This leaves a water with a fresh taste that aside from drinking is also perfect for use in certain manufacturing equipment and household gadgets. *Please note, there are certain items with modern technology that need the ions distilled water lacks to function such as Keurig coffee brewers. Units such as these that have electronic sensors will not perform with distilled water (a filtered or drinking water will work better).*
- Distilled water has a flavor enhancing characteristic that makes it a great choice for infused waters, tea and cooking. It somehow manages to amplify the subtle nuances that make fresh fruits, herbals teas, and your favorite recipes taste amazing.
- Because distilled water is void of any solids, impurities or contaminants it stores beautifully. Having an ample supply of bottled water on hand is always a good idea in case of emergencies. There is no type of water that is better suited for this job. You can store distilled water for up to a year in a cool, dark place. Be sure to keep it away from anything with a strong smell such as paints or other chemicals to maintain its pure, fresh taste.
Distilled water offers us so many uses as well as lifesaving hydration resource in some circumstances. Following mother nature’s plan has provided us a valuable system that has resulted in a water essential to our existence. Oh, and on a lighter note, it tastes darn good!