Are there any long term health issues with drinking distilled water? If yes how can they be overcome?
Filtration by sugar palm fiber[edit source]
In Madura, Indonesia, I have been told that fibers from the aren sugar palm tree are effective in filtering water, and remain effective for quite a long time (i.e. don't break down quickly in water). I wasn't able to find out where exactly on the tree the fibres come from. In the project I was involved with (1999-2000), the local people built their filter using sand gravel and the aren fibers as the media, and reported good results. --Singkong2005(now known as Chriswaterguy) 01:37, 28 February 2006 (UTC)
- An Overview of Sustainable Drinking Water Disinfection for Small Communities in the Developing World, Dan Nover, April 2003. M.S. Candidate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Master’s International Program, Michigan Technological University.
- This is not a good, accurate summary. For a comprehensive, expert written summary see Sobsey's "Managing water in the home: accelerated health gains from improved water supply" published by WHO at 
- Applied and Environmental Microbiology journal search - has a good number of articles relevant to water quality and purification.