Tap water versus spring water versus purifed water.

Note:

This water report is out of date. For current, up to date tests see:

https://danielteolijr.wordpress.com/2016/01/18/6035/

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Water pollution as well as water scarcity is in the news a lot nowadays. Distilling water is a quick acid test you can do to find out what residue is in your water. It is amazing what is in your water that you can’t see.

Distilling does not give you the results for bacteria content, chemicals, radioactive or volatile components that will boil off as gases. But it gives you a glimpse as to what is in your water after you boil off the water as steam and condense the steam back into water leaving behind the heavier waste components that won’t boil off.

I had heard that fracking is causing water to become radioactive in some areas, so I have tested some of the water samples for radioactivity.

Here are the residue results of distilling various sources of tap water, well water, spring water, melted snow water and purified water (processed and filtered tap water.)  At the end of this post are tests for filtering water pitchers.

1 gal tap water distilled mr

 Above: Wheeling, WV tap water test #1

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Wheeling, WV city tap water. The water left a brown residue that has a foul smell. The resulting distilled water has to be distilled a second time to make it taste like spring water that has been distilled once.  I don’t know what the brown residue is, but the toilets and many factories dump waste into the Ohio River and that is where most of the tap water comes from.

Water Source: Ohio River

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: April 2015

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1 gal Wheeling - Ohio River tap water distilled 1.28.16

 Above: Wheeling, WV tap water test #2 *

Distillation residue (test #2) from 1 gallon of Wheeling, WV city tap water. I retested the Wheeling tap water in the winter to see if there was any seasonal difference between test #1. The water left a brown residue. Not too much of a smell this time around, but the residue was loaded with grit and debris. The area circled in red had free-flowing grit in it that can be readily scooped up. Bottom line for Wheeling, WV tap water test #2…the water is dirtier, but smells better.

* See test results at end for running this water through a PUR, Brita and Zero water filter pitchers.

Water Source: Ohio River

Tested: January 2016

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1 gal Pittsburgh tap water distilled

 Above: Pittsburgh – (Wilkinsburg-Penn Joint Water Authority) tap water.

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Wilkinsburg-Penn Joint Water Authority city tap water. The water left a light brown residue that has ‘cooked’, but not disagreeable odor.

Water Source: Allegheny River

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: January 2016

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1 gal Martins Ferry OH distilled

Above: Martins Ferry, OH tap water

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Martins Ferry, OH city tap water. The water left a very light brown residue with no odor.

Water Source: Various Aquifer Wells – Route 7 Ohio

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: March 2, 2016

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1 gal St. Clairsville, Ohio tap water distilled 3.7.16

1 gal St. Clairsville, Ohio tap water distilled cu 3.7.16

Above: St. Clairsville, OH tap water

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of St. Clairsville, OH city tap water. The water left a heavy, claylike residue that became hardened and could not be removed without a 6 hour acid bath. Very light brown residue in the residual liquid with no odor.

Water Source: Reservoirs located on Vineyard Hills Rd. and Reservoir Rd. St. Clairsville, Ohio with 6.45% well water purchased from Belmont County Safety Sewer District  (Data from 2013 water quality report.)

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: March 7, 2016

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1 gal Smithfield Ohio well water distilled

Smithfield Ohio well water Smithfield Ohio well water residue

Above: Smithfield, Ohio well water – unfiltered

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Smithfield Ohio unfiltered well water. The water left a large amount of granular and pasty residue with a cooked odor. Close-up photo of finger shows the paste like character of this residue. There was heavy residue throughout the distillation chamber. There was even residue on the lid of the distiller – that was a first. The residue shown on my finger was from a small 1 inch area of the bottom. There was enough residue in the bottom of the pot for a dozen or more fingers. There was no residual water was left after distillation as the residue absorbed it all.

Water Source: Smithfield Ohio well water – unfiltered

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: March 15, 2016

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1 gal snow water distilled Tri-state area PA-OH-WV
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Above: Tri-state area of Ohio – Pennsylvania – West Virginia

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of water derived from melted snow. It has a slightly disagreeable odor and brown residue with lots of dirt in it. (circled in red.)

Water Source:  Melted fresh snow from Tri-state area of Ohio – Pennsylvania – West Virginia

Tested: January 2016

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1 gal spirng water distilled mr

  Above: Tyler Mountain Spring Water.

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Tyler Mountain spring water. It has no odor or brown residue. Looks like it has a lot more minerals in the white residue. Water is processed with charcoal filtration and U.V. light sterilization.

Water Source: Various fresh water springs in PA and MD.

Radioactive Test: Normal

Tested: April 2015

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1 gal Kroger Purified water distilled mr

 Above: Kroger purified water

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Kroger purified water. It has no odor or mineral residue. The bottle says the water was processed by advanced filtration, ozone and reverse osmosis.  I was really surprised how clean purified water can be.

Water Source: Irving, Texas – Lake Chapman or Lewisville Lake is main source.

Tested: April 2015

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Borough of Hamburg PA - Niagara

  Above: Niagara Bottling purified water.

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Kroger (Niagara Bottling LLC) purified water. It has no odor or mineral residue. The bottle says the water was processed by reverse osmosis.

Water Source: Borough of Hamburg PA.

Tested: January 2016

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1 gal Absopure Plymouth Michigan distilled

Above: Absopure purified water

Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Absopure purified water. It has no odor or mineral residue. Water is processed with reverse osmosis, multi barrier micron filtration, U.V. light sterilization and ozone.

Water Source: Plymouth, Michigan municipal water supply.

Tested: January 2016

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Test Results for

 PUR, Brita & ZeroWater Filtering Water Pitchers

Below: Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Wheeling, WV test #2 tap water that was used in testing the filtering water pitchers.

1 gal Wheeling - Ohio River tap water distilled 1.28.16

Below: Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Wheeling, WV test #2 tap water after it has been run through the PUR Ultimate 7 cup filtering pitcher.

PUR 7 cup water filter results using whg wv tap water

The next photo is a close up of the leftover grit in water after PUR water filter processing.

PUR 7 cup water filter reults whg tap water 1.28 cu

The tap water treated by the PUR filter still ended up tell-tale brown. Although it is a lighter brown than distilling 1 gallon of the same water without the use of the PUR filter.

Below: Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Wheeling, WV test #2 tap water after it has been run through the  Brita 10 cup filtering water pitcher.

Brita 10 cup water filter results Whg WV tap water 1.28.16 (2)

The Brita 10 cup filter water pitcher left a lot more residue than the PUR filtering pitcher. There is loose sandy residue shown circled in red that the PUR filter removed.

Below: Distillation residue from 1 gallon of Wheeling, WV test #2 tap water after it has been run through the  ZeroWater 12 cup filtering water pitcher.

ZEROWATER 12 cup water filter results Whg WV tap water 1.28.16

The ZeroWater 12 cup filtering water pitcher did the best job. The ZeroWater 12 cup filtering water pitcher produced highly cleaned water with no resemblance to the original Ohio River tap water that was filtered through it. Really amazing. The filtering process is very slow, but the results speak for themselves. While not perfect filtering…it is close to it.

Between the 3 filter pitchers tested, ZeroWater was the only one that did not require an acid cleaner used on the distiller due to mineral and residue deposit buildup. The ZeroWater left virtually no residue in the distiller.

Filtering water pitchers tested: January 2016

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An H2O Labs water distiller was used for all tests. An Inspector Alert Radiation Monitor was used for radioactive testing.

Note:

I do not have a financial interest nor am I promoting any of the products mentioned in the tests.  I personally drink spring water, distilled spring water and commercially produced purified water.

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