A Guide to Water Distillation

February 19, 2019 5:35 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Are you familiar with the process of water distillation? Unbeknownst to most, this process is vital to the survival of humanity. The process of distillation purifies water to make it safe for drinking. Untreated water is packed full of contaminants, chemicals and minerals that are unsuitable for human consumption. Drinking these things could have devastating results on the body. Luckily, distillation is one of the quickest, safest, most effective and least expensive water treatment systems in Glenwood Springs, CO.

Let’s take a closer look at how the concept of water distillation came about, how it works and why it’s so important.

The history of water distillation

Water distillation has been in use since as early as 200 A.D. The original process was used to distill seawater into freshwater. The saltwater is heated, which causes the salt to leave the liquid. The process was effective but expensive, and took a lot of time. The process didn’t become more accessible until the development of the Kleinschmidt Still improved it dramatically during World War II. Now, seawater is distilled faster than ever with a flash-type evaporator, making it easy to get clean water to more people.

How does it work?

Water distillation uses a heat source to vaporize water and remove high levels of sediments and contaminants when combined with activated carbon filtration. It’s one of the only ways to remove contaminants like arsenic, asbestos, fluoride, mercury and nitrate. The untreated water is heated until it starts to boil and then vaporize. The temperature is maintained long enough to keep the vaporizing going while stopping other elements from also vaporizing. The vapor is then funneled into a condenser once it’s vaporized. The water cools and reverts to its liquid form and moves into a receiving container after it’s removed from the heat source.

How is it used?

Distillers are frequently used in both residential and commercial settings. In a home, the single-effect distiller can easily be set up in the kitchen or office. Simply pour the water into the system and the water will be distilled, collected and filtered into a reserve system for consumption. Another option is to install a plumbing distiller directly into your home plumbing system. The water is distilled as you need it, making it the most cost-efficient way to purify water. Large operations rely on multiple-effect commercial distillers. These systems can handle millions of gallons of water every day because they’re equipped with multiple boiling chambers.

Clean up your water with a distillation system

Distillation is the most effective way to remove up to 98 percent of contaminants and other impurities from the water. Clean up your water with a new water treatment system in Glenwood Springs, CO from Garrett Hansen Plumbing Inc. We’ve been providing excellent plumbing, heating and geothermal services since 2006. Our expert team brings more than three decades of experience to every job. Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of installing a water distillation system—we look forward to working with you soon!

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