WHAT IS DISTILLED WATER? WHAT IS THE pH OF DISTILLED WATER?

Distilled water is water that has been put through the process of distillation. Distillation is where water is boiled, and the steam is then collected and condensed back into water in an uncontaminated container.

Distillation results in pure water being collected, with all of its impurities and contaminants removed. This can include various forms of pollution or bacteria, but also includes helpful minerals that were dissolved in the water, such as calcium and iron.

Distilled water has a bland taste, as all of the minerals have been removed and this is what tends to give water its taste.

HOW DISTILLATION WORKS

Any solid material found in the water- salts, minerals, bacteria, etc- are heavier than the water molecules themselves. When the water is heated to boiling point, it converts into a gas and is transported elsewhere, while these solids remain in their original container.

Distilled Water

WHAT IS THE pH OF DISTILLED WATER?

Pure distilled water should consist of nothing but hydrogen and oxygen molecules (In a 2-to-1 ratio, in case you fell asleep during science class ;) ). It should have a pH level of exactly 7, with no contaminants, minerals or additional gases.

A HISTORY OF DISTILLATION

Distilled water has been in use since at least the days of the Ancient Greeks, with Aristotle mentioning the process in his works. It was used in ancient times to make sea water drinkable, and in the modern day has many commercial applications.

Many chemical and biological processes require distilled water. It is also used in industrial processes to avoid the buildup of mineral deposits in expensive machinery. Using distilled water in a car cooling systems will prevent corrosion of certain engine parts. Using distilled water in a steam iron will prevent mineral buildup and help the item last longer.

And finally, learning to distill water can be a valuable survival skill, as it can supply you will clean source of water (you knew this had to be going somewhere ;) )

 

FOR RELATED ARTICLES, CHECK OUT HOW TO DISTILL WATER AT HOME.

Good luck and stay prepared!

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