> IAN: Last Friday I distilled three gallons with my new 1600
> Water Wise model. It was more labor intensive than the unit
> I had before, which was very similar to the table-top units
> from http://waterwise.com (it looked just like model 4000).
UPDATE: I'm returning the model 1600 that I just purchased.
At least for the unit I received, there's a serious problem.
I purchased a long tube (about three-feet long) that runs to
a three-gallon collection tank. I just noticed that along the
path that the distilled water ran from the unit into the tank
there is a copper(!!) colored residue that is very dark where
the water first entered the tube and progressively lighter as
it nears the end of the tube. The color is actually a shinny
copper color! There's also a similar color at the water line
on the collection tray. I do not know what this residue is,
but no question it means the output water was NOT pure. I
also don't know what kind of metal was used in soldering
the many different pieces of metal in the complex unit.
Given that my last distiller clearly appeared to have
aluminum collection tubing, my feeling is that I don't
have the time, resources, or inclination to hunt and
peck for safe distillers. Moreover, if you purchase
distilled water, you can't know what the distillation
system used by the manufacturer is made of. The highly
aggressive nature of distilled water (ie, it's tendency
to attract metals) means any leechable metals in the
system that come in contact with the water may pollute
the water and thereby defeat the distillation process.
With that in mind, I think for me the default decision
is use spring water and simple carbon-filtered tap water.
Copper & Alzheimer's Disease:
Aluminum & Alzheimer's Disease:
Iron & Alzheimer's Disease:
Mercury & Alzheimer's Disease:
"To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals." Ben Franklin
Ongoing CR-monkey-study update: "In the monkeys...those on
reduced feeding since the study started are dying at a rate
that is about half that of the monkeys receiving a full food
ration." Associated Press: Eating less may extend human life.
August 1, 2002 : http://www.msnbc.com/news/788746.asp?0si=-