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What is the pH Level of Distilled Water?

Distilled water is obtained by boiling water and sending the steam into a tube. When the vapor condenses in the tube, it runs into a container. The pH scale starts at 0 and goes up to 14. Water with a pH below 7 is acidic, and above 7 is alkaline or also called basic. Distilled water should be pure water at a pH level of 7. However, the distilled water will absorb atmospheric carbon dioxide from the moment it is exposed to air, and the pH will drop to 5.8.

Why do people distill drinking water?

Whether you drink regular tap water, artesian well water or natural spring water, it will have trace amounts of contaminants like bacteria, minerals and pesticides — all at safe levels. Distillation removes all those impurities, including over 99.9% of the minerals, which will have to be replaced by taking supplements.

What is a safe pH level?

Based on the recommendations of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), pH levels from 6.5 to 8.5 is safe to drink.  Most U.S. states enforce that standard. Water with pH far outside the safe levels would be too acidic or too alkaline. It could harm the health of those drinking it and it could also damage appliances and the building’s pipes. Drinking water must be within the safe pH level range.

Can I safely drink distilled water every day?

Although distilled water will not harm your health, you might not be too keen on the taste. You may find it bland or flat. Water contains several essential minerals such as sodium, magnesium and calcium, all of which will be removed by the distillation process. These minerals give water the flavor we are familiar with. Nothing but oxygen and hydrogen will remain, which have no taste.

Amanda Perkins

Amanda began her career as a technical writer for a healthcare group in 2008. Years after getting married and starting a family, she joined her husband Joshua on the Water Filter Authority journey to educate other families and households about safe, affordable, and effective water filtration systems.