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    Thread: Any issues associated with using small amounts of distilled water?

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      Any issues associated with using small amounts of distilled water?

      We've had a very humid summer and my ac unit produces ~10 gallons/day. I use pond water towater plantsand replace with the distilled ac water. My pond is 1500 gallons with 4 shubunkins and 4 koi.

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      What your a/c produces is not distilled water, it produces condensed water which contains many impurities from the surrounding air, including any oxidation from the a/c evaporator coil. The coil could be copper, aluminum or stainless steel. I would not recommend diverting it to a pond.

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      Even if it were distilled water, I would not recommend using it because the fish need the ions that are present in tapwater or "impure" water, such as calcium, sodium, chloride, potassium, etc. if you put snails in with RO or really pure distilled water, their shells gradually dissolve, because the pure water leaches the ions from their shell into it. I imagine it would be unhealthy for fish, in the same vein.


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      Quote Originally Posted by MitchM View Post
      What your a/c produces is not distilled water, it produces condensed water which contains many impurities from the surrounding air, including any oxidation from the a/c evaporator coil. The coil could be copper, aluminum or stainless steel. I would not recommend diverting it to a pond.
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      Some random website on the internet doesn't change the definition of distilled water.

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      The article mentioned in post 4 also recommends filtering through a coffee filter to remove dust and boiling the water to kill microbes from the air. If you have to do these measures why bother. They also don't discuss possible corrosion often found on older units and effect on water quality. Probably safe for pond and watering plants use but questionable for other household uses.

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      Quote Originally Posted by BWG View Post
      The article mentioned in post 4 also recommends filtering through a coffee filter to remove dust and boiling the water to kill microbes from the air. If you have to do these measures why bother. They also don't discuss possible corrosion often found on older units and effect on water quality. Probably safe for pond and watering plants use but questionable for other household uses.
      What will we do when it rains?!

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      Quote Originally Posted by Muddywaters View Post
      What will we do when it rains?!
      Just follow the instructions of the article you posted. Huge difference collecting rain water directly in a clean container vs collecting off roofs.
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      It's fine. Sheez, what's next, boiling your koi food to eliminate germs? Using wet-wipes on pond equipment? Putting clear plastic sheet over the pond to keep dust away? Better not have any dogs or cats around. Ugh, no wonder koi - and people - are getting more susceptible to germs by being kept in bubbles.

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      The article discusses making potable water out of dehumidifier water and their recomended measures. Easier to water the plants with it or dump it into the pond with no treatment. As for rain water I have downspouts into tiles running to large mud ponds but too much crap washes off the roof to think about doing this in a small koi pond...

      I didn't post the article.
      Last edited by BWG; 08-14-2018 at 10:11 PM.

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