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Surviving the Apocalypse - How to Make Distilled Water

The Apocalypse. The end of the world. Doomsday. Call it whatever you want, but are you ready for it?

Let’s imagine for a moment that the lyrics of the guys at R.E.M. have come true: It’s the end of the world as we know it.
Nowadays it’s nearly impossible not to hear everyday something related to the end of the world. All social media channels are flooded with advice and videos on how to survive the apocalypse. Hollywood gives the devil his due. Every year they release blockbusters that show different scenarios, from unknown virus to nuclear explosions.

In case the end of the world as we know it comes and the wonderful days when you were making moonshine on the porch with your family and friends are over think about keeping close the whiskey still.  No, this time not to make your favorite drink, but the most important one. And that’s because the pot still is the best instrument to obtain distilled water.

If the apocalypse finds you unprepared and you hadn’t had the time to make tap water reserves, purifying it will be mandatory. And this is where the still will come in hand, because distilling it is the best way to purify it.

Water distillation is a very simple process. You heat the water until it boils and all toxins are left behind. Distilling is very efficient because it removes the water from any contaminants while other purification systems remove the contaminants from the water. You might wonder what’s the difference between those said in the previous sentence.
Oh well, if you heat water the boil will kill any bacteria, but will not remove all contaminants, while in the distillation process the boiling kills the bacteria, the steam rises and leaves behind all contaminants. After that the steam will cool down and return to water. As simple as that!

Oh, and you won’t need to have your water tested. It’s the only purification system that removes from the water bacteria, pesticides and even radioactive elements. You can distill water from the lake, river or even swimming pool.

The only disadvantage – because yes, there is one – is that it takes a while to distill it, but it will be totally worth your time.

Coming back to our fellows from R.E.M. , truth is the complete verse was: It’s the end of the world as we know it… and I feel fine. So I’ll go on using the still to make moonshine knowing that when the apocalypse comes I’ll be just fine because I’ll be able to use it to drink clean water.

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