Distilled Water vs. Tap Water and Drugs in Water

I’ve noted a couple times I generally drink distilled water rather than tap water. I don’t care much for “spring” water or similar… but my husband and kids will drink it. I prefer good ol’ nothing but distilled water.

I’ve also been asked in comments why I drink distilled water and what it tastes like. I drink it because it’s so clean. There are no extras in it. It’s pure, simple water. No minerals, no fluoride, no vitamins, nothing but water. The water is so crisp and fresh — or “flat” as this description of what distilled water is states:

“Distilled water is water which has been heated to the boiling point – 212 degrees farenheit (100 C.) The evaporated water is collected; the result is distilled water. Distillation of water produces the purest water available from a single stage of processing.

Distilling water removes nearly all impurities from water, whether biological, mineral, or chemical. In itself it does not remove 100% of VOCs like benzene and toluene whose boiling points are near that of water, but it will remove calcium, magnesium, lead, viruses, bacteria, and protozoan cysts. In fact distilling water removes metals and oxygen, which results in the “flat” taste of distilled water.”1

The health benefits or drawbacks have been debated long and hard. Some say distilled water is not good for you because it leaches the minerals from your own body. The flip side is it removes the minerals from your body which your cells have rejected, thus cleansing your body a little faster than it would on it’s own (since your body would naturally process these minerals out via urination anyway).

So what about tap water. Personal preference. I just don’t like the taste of it. I can use it to make coffee, tea or kool aid; I can cook with it.. I just can’t drink it plain. Not even at a restaurant. I just get icked out by the taste. I guess I like my water “flat”. ha!

Tonight, I was reading this article about Drugs in water affect 46 million in U.S. – This, btw, is up from the 41 million first reported in March of this year 2. We live in Dayton, Ohio – my family is surrounded by cities who have tested positive for pharmaceutical drugs in the tap water – I won’t hold my breath that our city could report no contaminations.

Some of the drugs found include a cholesterol medication, a nicotine derivative, anti-convulsant carbamazepine, a tranquilizer, mood stabilizers and a (sex) hormone (and more! You’d have to read the articles quoted for more information – but alarmingly, one quotes a find of 56 pharmaceuticals and byproducts (um… what exactly would byproducts be? 3

“Fargo’s water director, Bruce Grubb, said the concentrations of three drugs detected there were so incredibly minute — parts per trillion — that he sent them to the local health officer to figure out how to interpret the information for the community.”

And this… this just totally icks me out. Do you want to know HOW these trace amounts of drugs are making it into our tap water? Water that we give our kids?

“The drug residues detected in water supplies are generally flushed into sewers and waterways through human excretion. Many of the pharmaceuticals are known to slip through sewage and drinking water treatment plants.”4

The thing is, regardless of how minute these traced amounts are, not to even mention the combinations of drugs… in the long term, what does it do to us, to our cell growth 5, to eventual pregnancies and babies. Oh, but I see I’m not the only one wondering, as scientists have been concerned about this and are seeing issues:

“And while researchers do not yet understand the exact risks from decades of persistent exposure to random combinations of low levels of pharmaceuticals, recent studies — which have gone virtually unnoticed by the general public — have found alarming effects on human cells and wildlife.”

Will I stop drinking our tap water? Yes, probably more so now than before. However, I will probably still use it for some things. I will also keep watching news for more information regarding testing and what chemicals may be in our city’s water. I like distilled, so I’ll keep drinking it.

What about you? Do you drink your tap water? Are you concerned about the drugs which may be in your area (or maybe you live in one of the clean cities)?

  1. Distilled Water from everything2.com
  2. Pharmaceuticals lurking in U.S. drinking water
  3. Oh.. this explains drug byproducts-3rd paragraph.).
  4. MSNBC Article 8/08
  5. How meds in water could impact human cells

One Comment

  1. I am seriously concerned about what goes into our tap water, also the fact that people are given heavy doses of medication. It cannot all be absorbed by the body and must be passed through into the sewers. Small doses as you say… I have heard many times that medication such as antibiotics do not work if they have been used before on a patient. Well over a life time I would expect you may have drank someone’s else’s antibiotics (or could have). Its quite scary because in later life when you may need increased medical attention you may have become immune from drinking tap Water.

    I am a strong believer in Water Filters to filter out impurity’s from your drinking water.

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