Do you have questions about your private drinking water supply? How about wellhead protection, including the management of your private sewage treatment system? Send your questions using the Ask An Expert feature on this web site. Questions will be addressed by Nebraska Extension Educator Meghan Sittler, Nebraska Extension Specialist Bruce Dvorak, and/or Nebraska Extension Educator Katie Pekarek. One question and answer will be featured each month in this section of the acreage web site.
Question: I have a humidifier in my house, is there anything I can add to my tap water to make it distilled?
Meghan: The simple answer is no. Water is distilled through a several step process and there are not proven additives you can add to distill your tap water. Distilled water is water that has had many of the naturally occurring minerals such as calcium removed from it. It is best to use distilled water with a humidifier because it will not promote the build-up of mineral deposits within the machine. The deposits can increase maintenance needs or contribute to shortening the life of your humidifier.
For more information on bottled water visit: http://water.unl.edu/drinkingwater