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How to Make Distilled Water Drinkable

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author image Suzanne S. Wiley
Suzanne S. Wiley is an editor and writer in Southern California. She has been editing since 1989 and began writing in 2009. Wiley received her master's degree from the University of Texas and her work appears on various websites.
How to Make Distilled Water Drinkable
Fruit slices or juice can make distilled water a little tastier. Photo Credit Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Distilled water has no minerals in it, which can make the water taste odd and possibly awful if you've never tried it before. This might not seem like a concern as you stock bottles of distilled water in your emergency supplies -- you probably think you can drink anything for a few days in an emergency as long as the water is safe -- but if your normal water supply is cut off or contaminated, the weird-tasting water could begin to get on your nerves. Making distilled water drinkable is very simple.

Step 1

Pour 1 cup of water into a glass. If you are in a situation where you can drink out of the water bottle only, skip to Step 2.

Step 2

Add your choice of flavor enhancer to the water. Lemon or orange slices may be all you need if the unpleasant taste is mild. Squeeze a little of the juice into the water if desired. Mixing 1/4 to 1/2 cup of fruit juice per 1 cup of water will give you a stronger fruit taste if you need more, or you can add a powdered drink mix.

Step 3

Taste the water to see if the flavor is better.

Step 4

Add more of the chosen flavoring in small amounts and keep tasting until you decide the water is to your liking. Keep track of how much you've added so you can replicate the taste the next time you want a drink of water.

Step 5

Multiply the amount of flavoring you added by the number of cups in the main container of water, if you want to flavor the water ahead of time. For example, if you have a 16-cup, or 1-gallon, bottle of water and you poured out only 1 cup of water in Step 1, that means you have 15 cups of water left in the bottle. If you mixed 1/4 cup of orange juice with the 1 cup of water, multiply 1/4 cup by 15 to get 3 3/4 cups of orange juice to mix in.

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