Does distilled water have Nitrates? Does distilling water remove Nitrates?
THE QUICK 30-SECOND ANSWER:
Does distilled water have nitrates?
To put it simply, NO! Durastill Distilled Water does NOT have nitrates. THE EPA nitrate limit is 10 ppm (expressed as 10 milligrams per liter), but this level is unhealthy.
Does distilling water remove nitrates?
YES a commercial-grade Durastill Water Distiller (made in USA) removes nitrates from your water. In fact, the CDC recommends distilling water as an effective treatment method to remove nitrates from drinking water.
THE IN-DEPTH KNOWLEDGE AND DETAILED EXPLANATION:
Consuming nitrates in drinking water can be dangerous. Nitrates in drinking water can lead to blue blood syndrome causing birth defects and colon cancer. Farmers use nitrates as fertilizers to enhance crop production. For more information read the ATSDR (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry) Frequently Asked Questions for Nitrate and Nitrite.
Some of these crops include corn, wheat and soybean. It's also utilized for the production of fruits and vegetables grown on a commercial scale. Fortunately, distilled water is free from nitrates, and other harmful chemical compounds.
“CHEMICALS THAT CONTAMINATE TAP WATER - NITRATE
- Common sources: Fertilizers, septic systems, animal feedlots, industrial waste, or food processing waste
- Removing it from drinking water: Treat water using ion exchange, distillation, or reverse osmosis.
- Illness: High levels of nitrate or nitrite can decrease the ability of your blood to carry oxygen to your tissues. Infants younger than 6 months may be particularly at risk. Related symptoms can include decreases in blood pressure, increased heart rate, headaches, stomach cramps, and vomiting. Learn more.”
What is the “acceptable level of nitrates” according to the EPA standards for nitrate in drinking water?
The current EPA standards for nitrate in drinking water are:
“Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the federal maximum contaminant level goal (MCLG) and the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for nitrate are both 10 mg/L (nitrate, expressed as nitrogen) (US EPA, 1991). Under New York State Department of Health regulations on drinking-water standards (10 NYCRR Part 5), the Specific MCL for nitrate is also 10 mg/L (nitrate, expressed as nitrogen). The World Health Organization's recommended guideline for nitrate in drinking water is 50 mg/L (as nitrate), which is approximately equal to 10 mg/L (nitrate, expressed as nitrogen) (WHO, 1993).”
Does reverse osmosis remove arsenic from drinking water?
No, reverse osmosis does NOT completely remove nitrates, virus, bacteria, fluoride, and arsenic from drinking water, well water, tap water, etc.
Why are Nitrates Present in Drinking Water?
Nitrates and nitrites are found almost everywhere but, as mentioned above, are intentionally introduced into our environment for agricultural purposes and can be found in runoff from over-irrigated crops or gardens. Efforts are currently being made to monitor and control the overuse and flow of nitrates as they often seep into shallow wells. Other areas where excess nitrates and nitrites can be found are waste (faeces) produced by pig, beef, turkey and chicken farms. Nitrates and nitrites are commonly found near sewage treatment plants and in rural areas where septic tanks are used or abused.
How Many Chemicals are in Tap Water in the USA?
Well just for starters there are over 40,000 commercially produced chemicals. Compared to the staggering amount of chemicals, toxins and pollutants in our water, only a select few are even tested for. Here are a few more common organic and inorganic compounds present in tap water in the U.S. some of these compounds are:
How to remove nitrates from water with a water distiller?
Once you really dive into the research about nitrates and nitrities, it gets pretty scary since according to the CDC, "they are used in fertilizers, some pharmaceutical drugs, in the production of munitions and explosives." I don't think it's a great idea to eat and drink these chemicals.
I have family members that have gotten sick from eating processed meats with high concentrations of nitrates such as hot dogs and bacon. The good news is that when we switched to "nitrate-free" meats that solved the problem for us. We were always drinking nitrate free distilled water and now we eat nitrate free meats and other food products.
Fortunately there is an easy solution to remove nitrates from tap water, well water, spring water or any other source of water... with a Durastill water distiller! A Made in USA, commercial-grade Durastill Water Distiller uses a 3-phase process to produce pure distilled water! The 3-phase process of distillation, VOC vent and post-carbon filter produces 99.9% pure water that is nitrate free!