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    Water from dehumidifiers and air conditioners should be boiled and filtered before use. This is due to the molds and spores picked up and to the dust that precipitates with the water on the condensing coils. You can actually see the molds and grunge grow in your DH "bucket" and if you use a drain hose for the bucket, that slime eventually plugs up the hose and must be reamed out. It is certainly not good for film, as many of those bugs and spores leave marks and eventually love to eat the gelatin.

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    The tap water in my town is relatively soft but seems to be highly treated and has somewhat of a "chemical" smell most of the time.

    I have been using a small household type distiller since around 2000 for drinking water and also for mixing developers and fixers. If I didn't already have the distiller I would be using distilled water from the supermarket for my photography chemicals.

    But having one has been convenient for me and maintenance has been minimal. Of course if the water was hard then it most likely require more maintenance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Eskridge View Post
    The tap water in my town is relatively soft but seems to
    be highly treated and has somewhat of a "chemical"
    smell most of the time.

    I have been using a small household type distiller since around
    2000 for drinking water and also for mixing developers and fixers.
    If I didn't already have the distiller I would be using distilled water
    from the supermarket for my photography chemicals.

    But having one has been convenient for me and maintenance has
    been minimal. Of course if the water was hard then it most likely
    require more maintenance.
    I've an A 1 or a MegaHome one gallon water distiller
    targeted for purchase. Own either one? $100 for the
    first and $125 for the second. I suspect the two
    units are one and the same. Dan

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    Dan - are you on a well? Try driving over to the Santiam or MacKenzie River and fill up a bunch of water jugs. Filter it for particulate and you will have water that will be the envy of every person on this forum. Best of all, it's free.
    Last edited by Kirk Keyes; 05-09-2009 at 09:59 AM. Click to view previous post history.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Keyes View Post
    Dan - are you on a well? Try driving over to the Santiam
    or MacKenzie River and fill up a bunch of water jugs. Filter
    it for particulate and you will have water that will be the
    envy of every person on this forum.
    Best of all, it's free.
    Well water just east of Salem. City water from the
    Santiam is filtered, chlorinated, and the ph, IIRC,
    adjusted to 7.8; an anti corrosion measure.
    I could lug jugs from a Salem source but
    have tired of the luging.

    I'm transitioning from very infrequent visits to the
    darkroom to actually producing prints for myself,
    for show, and for sale. The least water method
    I've evolved makes distilled water practical.
    First expense is the only hurdle and
    I can handle that. Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by dancqu View Post
    My location suffers from hard water. I have tired of both
    the toting and the cost of distilled water gallon jugs. Have
    any experience with the counter top distillers? Dan
    I'm wodering if adding 2g/l of EDTA to tap water will suffice or not...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dancqu View Post
    The least water method
    I've evolved makes distilled water practical.
    First expense is the only hurdle and
    I can handle that. Dan
    A still seems like a lot of work to maintain and keep operating to me. Have you tried calling your local Culligan Man to see if they have an inexpensive reverse osmosis system or even some mixed DI resin beds?
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