They Call This Clean Water?

Ever wondered what happens to the water you eventually get out of your tap at home? What chemicals are put into it and how it is treated?

Well, if you don’t wonder, then you are likely drinking some really poor quality water. If you do wonder, you no doubt have a water distillation system at home because you are a smart water consumer. Honestly, drinking contaminated water is a mega problem today and it isn’t going to get any better, so it’s time we took things into our own hands and did something to ensure we have safe drinking water at home.

To begin with, any water taken from a lake, stream, watershed, etc., is pre-treated. The process varies from location to location, but in essence the first step is taking out the large objects (like twigs, etc.) then storing the water. Step two usually involves pre-conditioning and pre-chlorination. That sounds rather disgusting to begin with, but it gets worse yet. The pH level is usually adjusted because fewer than 7 means acidic water and over 7 means alkaline water.

You don’t want acidic water in your home because it does a lot of damage to your body by taking nutrients out of your bones and teeth, to level-out the acidity. Just when you thought this process was beginning to make some sense, and you were feeling protected to a certain extent, along comes the news that not all water treatment facilities even bother with the pH balancing step.

Next on the list is something called flocculation, which sounds a bit like chunks of things that float on the top of the water and wait to be hauled away. You’d be right in that assumption. The plant tosses in some small particles of something that remains unidentified, which attracts material that makes the water a cloudy color. The cloudy goo sticks to the particles, rises to the top, and gets skimmed off.

All this and the water has not even been filtered yet. Most municipalities use a sand bed filter, but this does not remove all the contaminants in the water. It only catches the chunks big enough to be trapped. Smaller particles like viruses, chemicals and bacteria make their way through. A word on synthetic chemicals and their molecular size: synthetic chemical molecules are smaller than water molecules, so guess what happens to them? Right, they don’t get filtered out of the water.

Finally comes the chlorine, a contaminant very dangerous to our health. A contaminant that we are only supposed to have 1 part per million to swim in, but we drink 3 parts per million. What is wrong with that picture? It’s time to do something about our tap water. No question about it.

The only answer to ensuring our safety at home and getting the purest, freshest water we can, is to invest in a water distillation system. No other method of purification is as effective as distillation.

Larry Wardell is with, a provider of water distillers and water distillation systems. To learn more about Water distillers, water distillation systems, water purification systems, visit

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