Since Los Angeles is a desert and there are droughts for most of the year, it's pretty hard to get a solid supply of clean water flowing to every single household. In 2008, a wonderful little system called "toilet-to-tap" was instituted to create more drinking water in Los Angeles.
Although some water is better than NO water, sometimes I really wonder about what I'm drinking. Yes, they purify and filter when they recycle it, but what sort of weird chemicals are involved in that process? If you've ever even done so much as smell the water here, you know that it is horrifying: a strong chlorinated stench combined with a dull, thick taste. No thanks.
I got sick of buying gallons of water every week so I caved in and bought this water distiller from Amazon.com. It was the best decision I've ever made:
Process: I've heard that distilled water is the cleanest water you can get (besides underwater springs or something of the sort, I suppose) because it converts water into steam, separates it from any added compounds, and then converts the steam back to water. It is much more scientific than that, I assure you, but all I know is that I can taste the difference! Plus, it comes with filters (like a Brita) that you can replace to get an even-cleaner taste in addition to the distilling.
Price: I believe it came to around $180 with shipping, and I'm pretty sure my 2 roommates and I made our money back in 2 weeks. Bottled water gets expensive, and this is so much more economical.
Efficiency: It takes about 4-6 hours to distill one gallon of water. This is a REALLY long time. However, I don't think such a process can be made faster without the help of huge, industrial equipment, so I've accepted it. You just have to make sure to set up a schedule for yourself - we usually run it once in the morning, once in mid-day, and then again before bed.
Etc. It has a fan that is a bit loud, so I'd recommend putting it in a room that is far away from say, your room or tv room. It's not terrible, it becomes a background noise after awhile and you get used to it.
I wold probably hate Los Angeles if I never purchased this (hey, I drink a lot of water!). Actually, even though I've liked tap water in a lot of other cities I'm not sure if I can ever convert back to a life without a distiller. It is just that great and economical!
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Melissa Aquino (MelissaAq)
Born and raised in NJ, relocated to Boston, MA to study at Emerson College, transplanted to Hollywood, CA to get my career started on the fairer coast. I love hiking, eating new … more
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This steam distiller produces up to 4 gallons of pure steam distilled water per day. Manual filling is easy and safe. Included with distiller are all parts and supplies to get started: collection bottle, cords, filters, and residue cleaner. Easy to follow directions.