Chemistry: Period 5
September 23, 2014
Distilled or Poison?
There are billions of people all over the world, and one thing they all require is water. Directly or indirectly, water affects all aspects of life. Without it, there would be no vegetation on land, no oxygen for animals to breathe and the planet would look entirely different than it does today. It is one of the most essential elements to health and is very important that your body obtains a certain amount every day in order to survive. Human beings can live for several weeks without proteins, carbohydrates, and fats but just a few days without water. As the human population increases over time, more and more water is demanded which results in businesses creating two very popular processes of cleansing water. Filtered and distilled are two types of processes in which water is cleaned and then turned into bottled water. Both filtration and distillation specialize in separating contaminants from water to make it safe. There has been some controversies between people in finding which of the two is the safest to drink. Although some may say that filtered water is the healthiest choice because of the beneficial minerals it contains, distilled water is the best option because it is water that has no impurities or chemicals and it is free of contaminants and pathogens.
To begin with, distilled water has shown no signs of any contaminants. To many people it is considered the best choice when compared to filtration. In the article “The Basic Distillation Process,” it is explained how the water is purified by this procedure. “The vapor is led into the
condenser where, on being cooled, it reverts to the liquid and runs off into a receiving vessel...those substances having a higher boiling point remain in the flask and constitute the residue (1). Demonstrating how the water is completely separated from different compounds. Admittedly, there are other substances with lower boiling points than water, but these volatile organic compounds can be removed from the flask and also can be boiled just below the boiling point of the water. Basically, in the process of distillation, the pure H2O is boiled out of its contaminants. So, many of the contaminants found in water are inorganic minerals, metals etc. Distillation can be seen as a very reliable procedure because of the fact that it’s water that has gone through a rigorous filtration process to strip it not only of contaminants, but any natural minerals as well. It can assure consumers that they will be drinking safe, non-chemical added water.
Additionally, distillation removes potentially harmful contaminants and does not contain any pathogens. In the article “Why You Should Drink Distilled Water” Dr. David Williams explains that as the process is ongoing pathogens are being killed. He states, “The boiling action kills bacteria and other pathogens, and as the steam rises, it leaves behind waste material, minerals, heavy metals, and other heavier contaminants” demonstrating how even though bacteria and other sources of toxics are made to be harmful they are eliminated due to the high level temperature in which the water is at (Williams 2). Filtered water does not assure that it won’t contain pathogens and other types of bacteria. That makes distilled water more reliable and safer for people to drink. A key source that distillation does while filtration does not would be that it removes the water from the contaminants, instead of trying to remove the toxins from the
water. This is important because rather than having to pull out the bacteria and other sorts of contaminants it actually removes the water from them.
Although distilled water has many beneficial components that filtered water doesn’t have, distilled water is very acidic and lacks minerals which are found naturally in water that are healthy for you. In the article “Filtered Drinking Water Four...
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