It is strongly recommended that you use distilled water in the chamber as it is free of minerals and will prolong the life of the chamber and prevent mineral buildup on the inside of the chamber making it appear dirty. Distilled water is “pure” and therefore the most suitable to use. However, the use of normal tap water will not harm you but may cause the chamber to deteriorate at a rate faster than expected. (Note: if your chamber begins to leak replace it immediately)
Locating distilled water to use varies from country to country. Try your local hardware store, chemist or supermarket. Boiling normal tap water does not give you distilled water, it will actually increase the mineral content of the water, therefore we do not recommend you do this. If you do not have access to distilled water, filtered water would be preferable over tap water. Do not use mineral/spring water as the mineral content is high, thus deceasing the longevity of the chamber.
mocman wrote: I decided to go to tap water last night I got tired of carting the bottled water around. It is in a plastic jug usually .98 cents to 1.09 . I have read all the pros and cons of all bottled water and have watched most of the TV commericals on why it is good to drink bottled water. I have read everything on this site about the questions which to use.
I have decided to use tap water but take the extra pre-caution to bring it to a rapid boil and then let cool down. I read about the Apnea guy who puts Vicks Vapor Stream in his water chamber. That certainly sounds good to me if it is a safe practice? I like to put a bit of Vicks Vapor Rub on each nostril before the mask and have done that for years.
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