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#506072 - 07/23/15 08:20 AM Distilled Water  
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Has anyone seen any distilled water for sale? If so where?

#506073 - 07/23/15 11:48 AM Re: Distilled Water [Re: AWMIII]  
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All hardware Stores. Golf cart batteries need it.

#506074 - 07/23/15 03:59 PM Re: Distilled Water [Re: AWMIII]  
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Collect the water from your air conditioner. It is free and distilled.

#506075 - 07/23/15 08:59 PM Re: Distilled Water [Re: Welland]  
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No it's not. It's merely condensation.

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#506079 - 07/24/15 03:16 AM Re: Distilled Water [Re: AWMIII]  
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Sorry but I don't agree fully with either of the last two posts. Here is why. Technically sort of, I guess condensation from your AC is distilled water however the AC pulls a lot of air through it which comes in contact with this condensation and that air will have pollen, bugs, dirt, and who knows what in it. Also on the Island in most places there is a considerable salt content in the air.

All of these contaminants could be found in this condensation. All of the hardware stores sell distilled water and it is inexpensive in small quantities. Use your AC condensation to irrigate your plants if you would like but I wouldn't suggest substituting distilled water with it.

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#506089 - 07/24/15 08:22 AM Re: Distilled Water [Re: AWMIII]  
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Jim, I am glad you added the part about irrigating the plants, I thought maybe i was just irritating them by using my AC condensation for their regular drink...

#506090 - 07/24/15 08:26 AM Re: Distilled Water [Re: AWMIII]  
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The distilled water you buy is not truly distilled. It is generated by running tap water through an ion exchanger.

#506107 - 07/25/15 05:37 AM Re: Distilled Water [Re: Welland]  
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More than you probably want to know:

This is correct and let me try to explain further. "Distilled" has become a term used for water with only very small amounts of contaminants. Distilled water is water that is created through the process of distillation. Basically, in the process of distillation, the pure H2O is boiled out of its contaminants. Deionization by ion exchange accomplishes the same thing and so does reverse osmosis. For most practical purposes any one of these methods is acceptable.

Distilled water required a lot of energy to accomplish and that is why it is not used very much anymore, at least for water. I've run some good sized evaporators early in my career. Besides using a lot of energy the process involved many moving parts and in total a great amount of maintenance. Reverse osmosis not as much energy and maintenance and ion exchange probably the least. This is why the water you buy for batteries and such is made by the latter process.

I've been involved with all three in different applications all of my life. Water is really a very fascinating and unique subject that most people never give a second thought to. Water is everywhere yet water simply doesnít behave like other liquids. Beside politics this is one of my favorite subjects. wink

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#506150 - 07/26/15 12:21 PM Re: Distilled Water [Re: AWMIII]  
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Water...the best solvent in the world.

#506162 - 07/27/15 05:01 AM Re: Distilled Water [Re: AWMIII]  
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Isn't rain the original distilled water?

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