Drinking more water is one of the best things you can do for your health.
But you want to be sure you’re only taking in good stuff – not adding toxins to your diet. You want pure, clean water that will really refresh your body.
I’ve gone through a dozen different filters and I have an inch-thick folder of home water tests and information on water quality. In the end, I decided that distilled water is one of the best ways to get clean, pure drinking water.
But where can you get distilled water?
From your own countertop distiller.
Chosing to make my own distilled water with a countertop water distiller was one of the best things I’ve done. And here’s why:
A water filter only takes out what it’s designed to take out. If you look at any water filter box, it should tell you specifically what contaminants it filters for. If it’s not designed to take out a chemical, it probably won’t. This is basic chemistry.
So do you know exactly what’s in your water and what you need to take out?
You probably don’t. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) collected water test data collected by municipal water sources from 2004-2009. The data showed that nationwide, tap water contained a total of 316 contaminants.
A full 2/3 of the contaminants detected in drinking water are not regulated. This means that what we’re told is safe for drinking is really only what meets federal and local standards. It’s not necessarily safe.
And these numbers only pertain to the data provided by the water suppliers testing at the source. Further independent tests revealed an additional 42 contaminants from storage and transportation (like lead pipes, for example). This water from your tap is not monitored.
To add to the distressing picture, these numbers only count the contaminants we know to look for and have developed tests for.
We won’t find contaminants in our drinking water if we’re not testing for them. For example, the EWG reported that in 2000 drinking water sources were testing for 363 contaminants. In 2007, they tested for 446. When they tested for more contaminants, they found more contaminants.
These contaminants were there all along. But we only found them when we started testing for them.
In other words, just because you’re not looking for it, doesn’t mean it’s not there. Again this is basic chemistry.
My family experienced this the hard way when we moved into our house. We got the standard water test recommended by our home inspector. However, it wasn’t until several years later we found out that arsenic may be a problem. It had not been included in the standard water test so we ordered a specific test.
When we got a test specific for arsenic, we found our well water had levels way above the healthy limits. If we hadn’t tested specifically for arsenic and only used the standard water test, we wouldn’t have been the wiser.
How Distilled Water Is Different
A distiller works differently from most water purifiers. In effect, it takes the water out of the brew rather than the brew out of the water. By using the boiling point of water, and combining the basic principles of evaporation and condensation it avoids all the hassles of identifying specific chemicals and filtering for them.
- You don’t need to know exactly what’s in your water.
- You don’t need to test for specific contaminants in order to choose the right filter.
- And you don’t have to have the right kind of filter that takes out the specific contaminants you find.
A distiller will take care of them all. It will purify water unlike any other system. That’s why it’s used for scientific research.
Note, there’s some mythology circulating that distilled water isn’t healthy. In fact distilled water is fine for drinking.
And we were pleasantly surprised to discover how delicious it is. Round and sweet. Not flat like we feared.
It’s the most reliable and thorough way to purify your water.
You Can Get Distilled Water Whenever You Want It With A Countertop Distiller
We were a little nervous about spending close to $400 for a distiller and using energy to run it.
But then we got to thinking . . . We looked at how much money we spent on filters when we used filters. We looked at how much money we spent on gas going to the store to get bottled water when we used bottled water. And how much bottled water cost. (Not to mention being contaminated with the endocrine-disruptor bisphenol-A.)
And we looked at the health advantages and convenience of making distilled water whenever we needed it.
Ultimately the peace of mind gained was worth the price when we computed the savings as well.
You have to be a little diligent to refill it every 4 hours or so. But working at home I’m easily able to produce 3-4 gallons a day which is plenty for our needs. We store the distilled water in glass bottles in the fridge or in a stainless steel dispenser at room temperature.
We chose the Waterwise model for a number of reasons. I had spoken at length to the founder of the company and I knew how passionate he was about water quality and developing a superior product. He’s a real tinkerer.
And I could see this in the design:
- The distiller takes up relatively little room on the counter.
- It has a bisphenol-A-free collector.
- And they’ve added a final carbon filter to catch any possible volatile organic compounds that may sneak through the distillation process.
The Waterwise customer service people are terrific. Knowledgeable and patient they helped me troubleshoot when the first model we got wasn’t working right. And then without hesitation, used rush delivery to ship us a replacement when it was clearly not working.
Through the years if I’ve ever had a question or needed replacements of the cleaner, o-rings or filters, they’ve been helpful and quick about getting the items out to me. After the first defected distiller, I’ve had no problems at all.
So if you’re worried about what’s in your water . . . If you’d like to make sure you drink more water but don’t want to hazard also drinking more toxins . . . nothing beats distilled water. Distilled water is the purest form of water on the planet.
And the best way to get distilled water is by making it at home on your own counter. It’s purer, easier and more cost-effective in the long-run.
If you’re ready to get a distiller for your household, check out this countertop distiller model we use and love.