The Environmental Protection Agency has published some facts that we should all know more about. Standards have been set by the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974, setting acceptable standards of over two dozen water contaminators. Not only does this act cover bacteria and radioactive substances, it also extends to inorganic such as lead, nitrates, arsenic and a group of pesticides and weed killers. There are over 140,000 community water systems serving over 90% of our population. Most of these are using some type of control to assure good water for their consumers. The EPA has stated that the only “pure water” is distilled water. We cannot add chemicals to make “pure water.” We add chemicals to control that portion which affects health.
Here is a list of what is being used.
- CHLORINE – a disinfectant to control bacteria and other microorganisms.
- FLOURINE- to aid in preventing tooth decay.
- LIME- to control acidic water and retard corrosion in water pipes.
COPPER SULFATE- to kill algae.
- ALUMINUM SULFATE- to cause particles to clump together and settle.
- SODIUM BISULFATE and SULFUR DIOXIDE
The Safe Water Drinking Act is again before Congress for renewal. The number of chemicals being added to the list will set the standards higher.
Most of these 140,000 water systems are old and tired. Pipes break, collapse and crumble, threatening the delivery and safety of our drinking water. Collapsing water and sewage pipes will be headline stories over the next 20 years.
Most people who have wells believe they don’t have all that junk in their well. Really, they don’t know what they have. Are they immune to having contaminated drinking water when they have a well?
We must remember most ground contaminates are chemical by-products of civilization. Everything from septic drain fields to run-off from highway weed control to the thousands of chemicals used in agriculture. All are invisible and hard to detect until they seep down into the water table. Here they concentrate, fill our wells and we pump it up and drink it all over again.
We drink about 16,000 gallons of water in a lifetime. Most of us require about 2-3 quarts each day. Much of this comes from our food sources. For example: A tomato is 95% water, the form it takes doesn’t matter as long as there is enough fluid for your body to produce about a quart of urine a day.
A practice started about 50 years ago known as water softening, replacing calcium and magnesium. The replacing agent is sodium. For many people, sodium should be avoided. It causes fluid retention, gas, heartburn and cardiovascular problems. It may cause soap to suds better but it should be limited as a drinking fluid.
I spent some time in one of our local supermarkets reading labels. Bottled water comes in as many forms as the containers. Prices range from $.69 to $.89 a gallon from all sorts of places. Some come from as far away as France. Some with fizz, some without.
Let’s talk about “fizz.” Fizz is the entrapment of carbonic gas held in the fluid under pressure. When we open the container and release the pressure, the gas comes out of the solution and appears as “fizzable bubbles.” There are even fizz makers for making your own fizz water. All fizz gases cause the fluid to be more acidic. It is not an indication that the fluid is fit to drink.
I’ve heard people say, “Oh well, don’t worry, we have a filter.” Now, let’s talk openly about what they really have. Some filtering equipment comes in single stage units; others in several stages. The most common is the single stage unit fastening to the water faucet in the kitchen. This unit has an activated charcoal replaceable cartridge. This type of unit is fine when you first install it. But by the second or third day, the charcoal has now trapped a whole bunch of microorganisms and has become an ideal breeding place for bacteria. Although instructions say change the cartridge every 30 days; what about the 3-29?
The multi-stage is normally with a first stage filter to trap out sediment. The fluid then passes into a charcoal stage. We need not go over that again, do we? There is an old saying that goes, “Sometimes the cure is worse than the illness.”
Another way is the old-fashioned boiling method. Let’s review what is taking place. We take a clean pot and fill it with tap water. Heat it on the stove until it boils. Some say keep it boiling for three minutes; others say as much as 20 minutes. Many things are happening. Long before it boils, as the temperature is rising, we can see a vapor coming from the water’s surface. This vapor is the entrapped gases that are now freed. They are the corrosive carbon dioxide (fizz) and other toxic gases.
The longer it boils, the more water evaporates. This evaporation is now concentrating the mineral content (rock). If we forge (it sometimes happens) and the pot boils dry, we find the minerals and toxic chemicals in the bottom of the pot. What have we done? We’ve let our pure drinking water go up in steam.
Let’s say this doesn’t happen. We boil it three minutes to kill all of the bacteria and microorganisms. We now pour the water into a clean glass bottle and seal it tight. We feel we have some pretty good water. What we really have is water full of boiled microorganisms and increased ratio of minerals and toxic chemicals. Now what are we going to do next?
This series of comments about water is not meant to cause great alarm. I’ve only wanted to make you aware of the hazards of drinking water that has not been distilled. Yes, distilled.
Being aware of this need for pure drinking water, we have turned once again to “Necessity is the mother of invention.” We have not invented a magic gadget. What we have is a method of making your own “pure distilled drinking water.”
It is a distillation process whereby tap water is boiled to make steam, the steam is then turned into cool, pure distilled water, leaving behind all minerals, toxic chemicals and boiled microorganisms to be returned to earth.
Consider this: We all pay approximately $.05+ per kilowatt-hour for electricity. The cost for you to make one gallon of pure distilled water is only $.10. Not $.99 for someone else’s bottled well water.
RUNNING WATERS economical distiller with direct hook-up, automatic fill and shut-off will provide your family, friends and employees with a ready and convenient supply of pure water.
Contact us for more information on getting started with your own home distillation system.