What If Our Drinking Water Becomes Contaminated with Nuclear Radiation?

This week’s DestinySurvival Pick is the Water Distiller, Countertop, White Enamel, Glass Collection, by MegaHome. But before I tell you about it, let’s consider the question of what to do if our water becomes contaminated with nuclear radiation.

Several days ago the news reported that tap water in Tokyo registered levels of nuclear radiation, even though Tokyo is quite some distance from the Fukushima nuclear disasters. But the next day radiation levels were said to be OK. What are they today? My guess is the Japanese people don’t know.

I have no idea what the possibility is that our own water could become contaminated with radioactivity from Japan. I suspect the chances are pretty slim. But I’m no expert. Do you think those who are the experts would tell us the truth?

What if our water becomes polluted from a nuclear accident, or worse, somewhere in the U.S.? You may have asked yourself the same question when you heard the news reports about Tokyo’s tap water.

I asked Jeff Gleason, the Berkey Guy, if Berkey filters would remove radioactive iodine from water. He sent the following reply: “We have no tests confirming it would remove radioactive material at this time.”

That doesn’t mean Berkeys won’t take out radioactive iodine. It just means the company can’t say officially that they can. They’re taking the high road and don’t want to make false or inaccurate claims.

A friend who is well versed in chemistry doubts that iodine can make it past the charcoal of a Black Berkey element. Plus, info on the Black Berkey Purification Element says it will remove Radon 222 to below detectable limits.

That sounds good to me. Obviously, if you’ve got a Berkey filter, you’re far better off than someone without any kind of water filtration at all.

But if you want to be doubly sure—the belt and suspenders approach—distill your water. That’s where the MegaHome countertop water distiller comes into play.

Distillation takes out all minerals from water. This particular distiller is reported to have the following features.

* Distill 1 gallon in 5-6 hours
* Up to 4 gallons per day output
* Safety Shut-Off, UL Approved
* 1 Year Warranty / 30 Day Money Back Guarantee
* Best rated, most popular distiller on Amazon

All you have to do is fill the stainless steel chamber and in 5-6 hours later it will automatically shut-off when a gallon of pure water is distilled into the glass container. However, reviewers say you might want to shut it off a little before that to keep mineral residue from baking so hard onto the sides of the tank.

This countertop water distiller comes with charcoal filters and residue cleaner. The fact that the system uses charcoal filters is like a one two punch that gets water as clean as possible. However, if you’re still concerned about volatile elements passing over in distillation, distill the water again.

This distiller uses electricity. Therefore, you wouldn’t be able to use it if power is out, unless you’ve got an alternate source of current. You may wish to consider a solar still.

Of course, if you’re content that a Berkey filtration system is adequate for removal of radioactive iodine, by all means use it. After all, it doesn’t require electricity.

But if you’d rather distill your water, then get the Water Distiller, Countertop, White Enamel, Glass Collection. Click on its title wherever you see it linked in this post, and you’ll be taken directly to the page where it’s featured. Add it to your cart to start the order process.

There’s no need to panic over radioactive contamination of our water. Who knows if it will ever happen? But preparedness means considering “what if” situations. Be prepared. Get what you need to make your drinking water as safe as possible.


For previous blog posts on stills, go here and here.

Click here for more info in getting radioactive contaminants out of your drinking water.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

9 thoughts on “What If Our Drinking Water Becomes Contaminated with Nuclear Radiation?”

  1. I love the taste of distilled water. It is so pure and refreshing…I even give it to my dogs. It has been almost the only thing that I have drank in about 12 years.

    That distiller that you have featured is a good choice. It is a great value and can easily pay for itself in just a few months. Those solar stills are good for a backup but don’t produce enough water for more than 1-2 people a day.

    1. Thanks for your comments. If there’s no electricity over a long term, having a Berkey, a solar still, or both, would be essential. Meanwhile, let’s ride the technology and ellectricity horse as long as we can.

  2. I really appreciate Mr.Sorick saying he gives his dog pure distilled water. Dogs and cats deserve pure water too.

  3. distilled water is lacking all minerals, and our bodies need those. drinking ONLY RO or distilled water isn’t healthy, you should suppliment either of those with mineral water or well water. your pets are the same.

    concerning radiation and water, a ceramic filter shouldn’t be your only method of filtering. while the carbon in it should remove the iodine, it will not do anything about the irradiated salts (google sea water and radiation) you need to remove the salts. . . SO distilling is good there. but you should NOT go long periods without replace minerals. . . pets SHOULD NOT be given ONLY distalled water (unless radation is a concern)

    1. Thanks so much for your comment and advice. Let’s hope and pray that radiation in our water won’t be a problem. If it becomes one, I want to be sure people know what alternatives are available.

  4. Our body needs minerals and it should be in the organic form which the plants have transformed the inorganic minerals (dissolved from the soil) into organic form of minerals via the photosynthesis system. The animals and human obtain the minerals mainly from the plants as the primary source and not mainly from the water. A high contain of inorganic minerals found in water is call hard water (like well water) and is not good for drinking excessively as it will caused kidney stones. Too much of calcium carbonate from the water clot up our body system rather then bringing any good benefits.

    Water is basically H2O and its major function is to cool down the body temperature, lubricate the joints, flushing out toxics, hydrating the body. We will never lack of minerals in the body so long we eat the fruits, veggies, drinking juices, honey, meat etc on daily basis.

    God has designed the natural distillation system in the nature where the rain water is produced through distillation naturally. The animals do not pollute the environment like the human did and now the rain water is no longer safe to be consumed like the old days.

    Distilled water and RO water is merely an imitation of God’s way to purify drinking water for His creation on earth.

    Only H2O is called pure water.

    Only people survive on pure water WITHOUT food will suffer mineral deficiency.

  5. ideally our main source for minerals should be our food, i do agree, but i’d bet that the vast majority of people don’t eat a balanced diet, and what fruits and veggies they do eat, come from soil that is unbalanced.

    soil need a balance of Mg, Ca, (and salts K+) etc the best veggie you can grow in that soil is too the weakest link. IE you lack good Mg in your soil, your veggies will have that much Mg and a complimentary amount of Ca. . . but the weakest link sets the standards.

    factory farms are only good to make their soil as “good” as they have too, to make as much money as they can. they use chemical fertilizers, they mass product and i’m sure are using depleted soil to some extent.

    the how great are the minerals you getting from that? i think i’m proving your point about soil as you did with water purity. and these are the things we use to screw up the purity of the soil o purpose, not including the pollution we create.

    many people suffer deficiencies, huge numbers of people are dehydrated most of the time, most have our of wack salt and mineral balances, any one on just about any medication is screwed up somewhere, and this isn’t even touching on our poor diets.

    as for hard water causing kidney stones, some studies found that to be true, “more” studies found it to be true for “soft water” and other studies found both were wrong.

    balance is the key. . . good food, good water, and not all demineralized water is my point.

    thanks Clifford for your insight.

  6. I truly agree that “balance is the key….(with)good food, good water.” The soil is now mostly polluted as mentioned and the contaminants are not only found in the soil but it eventually dissolved into the ground water, rivers, reservoirs, and lakes. Many dreadful dissolved solids and industrial wastes such as the heavy metals like mercury, lead, radioactive etc are found in the water of which there are no known equipment/solution better then distillation and RO that can effectively remove them close to 100%.

    I do not know how a “soft water” without any minerals can caused kidney stones but I believe it works better in reverse to flush out then to add or caused the kidney stone to form or accumulate in the body.

    Honestly speaking I do not consume “soft water” 24 hours a day, there is no way I can demand the restaurants to prepare food and drinks or coffee with distilled water or RO water; but let say out of 8 glasses of water that I consumed, I would rather have at least 5 or more glasses are in pure water to reduce my risk of harmful toxic intake directly from the water as mentioned above….this is my balance (with good water) 😉

    Thanks for your input, Reg Nurse.

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