Many people don’t understand that they can make choices on the type of drinking water that they drink every day. They simply drink the water that arrives at their tap without a second thought. But, you can make healthier choices for your family when it comes to pouring your next glass of water. In this article, we will look at purified, distilled, and mineral water and explain the differences between them.
As the name suggests, purified water has gone through a purification process to remove many contaminants. In this way, it’s similar to distilled water, but the key difference between them is the extent of the purification that’s taken place. When water is distilled, the process consumes a considerable amount of energy, which is not environmentally friendly. The most effective purification method used in homes is reverse osmosis or RO which uses a purely mechanical system to clean the water. The incoming water is forced through a semi-permeable membrane under pressure to remove almost 100% of the contaminants. So, purified water is cleaner than any other option on our list and it’s the most efficient way to get cleaner drinking water for your home.
Distillation is a process that uses the boil point of water and other contaminants that may be held within it to remove them. Water is a solvent, it dissolves substances that it passes through and adds them to its makeup. These various components of the water have different boiling points and pure water has a lower boiling point than most types of liquid. When water is distilled it’s brought to a boil and turns into steam vapor. The contaminants are left behind and the stream is collected. At this point, the steam turns back into a liquid state as it cools and you’re left with clean water. But, the distillation process cannot remove certain chemicals such as pesticides and it may remove some beneficial nutrients. This process requires a special distillation unit and it consumes a lot of energy to produce a small volume of clean water which is not practical for home use.
As a nation, we consume millions of bottles of mineral water and it has been regarded as the ultimate source of clean water for decades. Mineral water is harvested from springs where sources of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and sodium are prevalent. The characteristics of the minerals are added to the water as it passes through the various strata of rock and soil. Essentially, natural filtration takes place, but you can get less expensive mineral water or bottled water that uses a synthetic process instead. The sad part about this is that many mineral waters are no cleaner than tap water and they are a waste of money. Another disadvantage to bottled water is that it’s bulky and hard to store in your home.
The best way to secure a source of clean drinking water for your home is to install a RO filtration system. This is a mechanical filter that adds no chemicals to the water and it’s almost 100% clean for drinking and cooking. If you want to make the switch to RO water for your home, contact your local water treatment specialist today.
By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.