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Re: [APD] Don't Drink Distilled Water [SAFETY] (was "Storing large amounts of RO water")

Andrew McLeod wrote:
> Oxygen has six electrons. A full 'shell' is eight electrons. It shares two with the hydrogens, one each, in return getting a bit of the hydrogens electron and sort of filling the shell. This is the oxygen-hydrogen bond (the sharing of electrons). This leaves two electron pairs, so that the oxygen has four 'things' spread fairly evenly around it - the two bonds, and the two electron pairs (this is why a water molecule is bent). The strong 'electronegativity' (ability to attract electrons) of an oxygen in one water molecule attracts the electron cloud around a hydrogen atom a little bit, releasing energy. This allows water to dissolve a wide variety of organic compounds with an active group containing some sort of electronnegative atom e.g. oxygen, fluorine, nitrogen. Examples are alcohols, organic acids, sugars, most biological organic compounds...

What he said ;)

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