Chemical Formulas: Distilled Or Deionised Water? Does It Matter?

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  1. Mahombi

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    Chemical formulas for photographic processing and printing, frequently recommend the use of distilled water, whilst deionised and purified water are considered acceptable substitutes. I have found that both distilled and purified water are nigh on impossible to obtain. Whereas deionised water is readily available as car battery top up water.

    What I would like to know is, what advantages and/or disadvantages are there, if any, of using one of these types of water over another?

    (I don't need to know the difference between each of the three types of water.)
     
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    There is a recent thread on this very subject with lots of replies and lots of detailed information. It might be helpful to look at that thread.

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    An alternative is bottled water intended for drinking, sold by supermarkets. The analysis of the water is given on the bottle and some have very low impurity levels.
     
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    I use distilled water after I got a significant amount of calcium carbonate when I mixed one of my developer formulas.