Distillation is a process of filtering and purifying water, resulting in pure, pH-balanced of h2o water. The process consists of:
- Boiling/evaporating the water,
- Collecting the water vapor,
- Cooling it to allow it to condense back into liquid, and then
- Collecting the liquid.
The boiling causes the pure water molecules to evaporate, leaving all impurities behind in the boiling pot. Impurities that distilling will remove include bacteria, viruses, heavy metals, salts, chemicals, and particulates. In short, it is a very effective method of creating safe water to drink.
How Can I Make Distillation At Home?
You can distill water at home On Stove, You’ll need:
- A stove
- A large pot (5+ gallons ideally) with a convex (curving out) lid.
- A smaller bowl that fits into the pot
How to make distilled water with a kettle by filling the pot about halfway with the water you’d like to distill. Place the pot on a stove element and turn it to a temperature that will slowly boil the water. Place your bowl in the center of the pot, so it’s floating on the water. Place the lid of the pot upside down so it curved inwards; place ice cubes on top of the lid.
The water will turn into steam and collect on the lid. Because the lid is cold, the steam will condense, and because the lid curves inward, it will run down to the lowest point and drip into your bowl. Keep the process going until your bowl fills or gets too close to the bottom of the pan that your collected water begins to boil.
Another adaption you can make is using glass bottles instead of a bowl to collect your water. In this instance, fill one bottle with the water you wish to distill. Connect the two bottles at the top, and place the bottle with water into the water-filled pot.
The water in the bottle will evaporate and flow into the other bottle. Place the second bottle in ice to cool the steam down and convert it into liquid. Ensure the second bottle is at an angle where the water will collect and not flow back into the first bottle.
Atmospheric Water Generators:
The Atmospheric Water Generator extracts humidity from the air and converts it into potable water. The process is similar to how a humidifier works, except that they also supply you with clean drinking water.
How Do You Distill Water In The Wild?
Using Bottles to Distill Water
If you have two bottles available to you and warm sunny weather, you can distill water. Fill on the bottle with the water you wish to distill, and then connect the two bottles at their openings. Place the bottle filled with water in the sun and the second bottle in a cooler space.
Over time, the water will evaporate from the first bottle and collect in the second. Again, make sure that the second bottle is angled to collect and doesn’t flow back into the first.
Use Solar to Distill Water
A solar still collects water from an area that contains moisture, such as soil or plants. A large plastic sheet collects evaporated moisture and channels it into a collection tub.
Use Distilled Rain Water
Mother Nature naturally distills water. When water evaporates from the earth, it leaves its impurities behind. It then condenses in the clouds and falls back to earth. Rainwater is perfectly distilled, and if you collect it, it can be used for drinking.
Have a large, clean container to collect rainwater. When the rain stops, cover the top and let it sit for 2 days to allow the minerals to settle. It can then be used for drinking.
Is Distilled Water Safe to Drink Everyday?
Distilled water is very safe in the short term, as it has had all of its impurities removed. It is water in its purest form. Over the long term, however, there are some concerns with it.
The problem is, it’s missing a lot of minerals found naturally in water sources, and it’s not clear the effect this will have on a person long term. So don’t rely on distilled water as your only water source unless you are also taking a mineral supplement as well.