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Why does distilled water not conduct electricity, whereas rain water does?

Why does distilled water not conduct electricity, whereas rain water does?

Grade:12

2 Answers

Anand Kumar Pandey
askIITians Faculty 5859 Points
2 months ago
Dear Student

Distilled water is pure water and it does not form ions. Whereas rain water contains impurities in it like acid which contains ions and release them when dissolved in water. Hence no ions in distilled water, so electricity is not conducted but ions are there is rain water so electricity is conducted.

​Thanks
KAPADIA DEV
100 Points
2 months ago

The availability of ions is very important to conduct electricity. Distilled water is a pure type of water which does not contain any ions in it. Whereas rainwater contains dissolved gasses such as SO2, CO2.

These gases dissolve in water to form some kind of acids like carbonic acids which dissociates to give ions. Thus rainwater is conducting electricity while distilled water is not conducting electricity.

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