Tuesday, November 13

Gadgets on my Counter vs. Pure Water

So I have a new gadget sitting on my kitchen counter and it is taking up quite a bit of precious space. It arrived last week and apparently it makes water.
The MH943T (sounds so futuristic, right?) makes 100% pure drinking water. And it actually tastes good - really good. I was surprised because I tend to think that simple is better. I don't want a huge fancy gadget on my counter to produce drinking water when I can just run some tap water through a britta filter, or (gasp!) drink tap water.
So I have a dilemma here - this distilled water tastes really good but it uses electricity to produce. Weighing the health benefits of pure water vs. the cost of electric. And free counter space.

"The basic principle behind making distilled water is to boil water into steam, then to cool it to collect the pure water from the vapor. The main advantage of distilled water is that it is 100% boiled, sterilized, clean, safe, and environmentally friendly."

In order to make my choice more clear, this blue meter should be able to help. I filled three glasses with water - one glass with regular water right out of the tap, one glass with water that had been run through the britta filter, and one glass with water from the MH943T.

It measures the total dissolved solids in the water and gives you a number reading in parts per million. The chart below from the company website helps put things into perspective. The results speak for themselves.

 - Glass of regular tap water: 152 ppm
 - Glass of britta water: 145 ppm (I will re-test the britta water when it comes time to change the filter and get a reading from the first water run through, just to see if there is a difference).
 - Glass of MH943T water: 001 ppm

TDS-EZ Water Quality Tester
"Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) are the total amount of mobile charged ions, including minerals, salts or metals dissolved in a given volume of water, expressed in units of mg per unit volume of water (mg/L), also referred to as parts per million (ppm). TDS is directly related to the purity of water and the quality of water purification systems and affects everything that consumes, lives in, or uses water, whether organic or inorganic, whether for better or for worse."

1 comment:

  1. We have a Berkey water filter and love it...even though we also love our well water...we just thought we should be prepared. :)