In an age where there is so much water available everywhere and packaged in so many forms, it behooves people to know the differences in water supply categories.
Incredibly, there are more than nine kinds of water categories that include: artesian, fluoridated, spring, distilled, mineral, well, sterile, groundwater, purified water and sparkling water.
However, one thing is certain: while tap water is the least expensive form of water, it is also one of the worse forms of water available anywhere. Unfortunately, 40 percent of all bottled water sold in grocery stores, is actually tap water derived from the municipal water supply.
That being said let’s take a look at what are two common options advertised today: spring water and purified water.
Its marketing is done primarily through advertising of beautiful, pristine blue-colored images of cascading waterfalls, lakes and the awesome, rustic outdoors. In reality, spring water has a comparable purity level as that found in tap water. Many samplings have lower TDS levels and other samplings have much higher levels.
Worded phrases that are cleverly put together seem to push the limit of legally defined terminology and are plainly misleading. Words such as “natural,” commonly used in the food industry, are vague and applicable to any state of nature–polluted or not.
The fact remains that most spring water supplies are pumped into and delivered via tanker trucks to bottling installations. Moreover, health regulations dictate that the water in turn be chlorinated to guard against bacterial cross-contamination and other forms of pollution.
The fastest growing group of bottled water, purified water, can be said to be safer than spring water, tap water or filtered water–if it meets the legal definitions imposed by law. Consequently, this means the complete removal or reduction of impurities from water to its lowest possible level.
Often confused with filtered water, purified water takes it to the next level as it undergoes a cleansing process through reverse osmosis, distillation or deionation. While purified water is considered to be better than other forms of water, microbes may still be present in the water supply as an EPA report documents.
How Best To Select Water
While living, mountain spring water is ideal, bear in mind that it is bottled in plastic bottles–not a good thing. Containing a chemical, bisphenol A (BPA), that has links to various health problems, one’s task in selecting the best water for one’s family becomes more complex.
The next thing to keep in mind is aiming for the right pH balance. As distilled water is acidic and alkaline water is too alkaline, this eliminates they being the preferred choices for drinking water. Ideally, the pH of your water should be a neutral 6.5 to 7.5.
Consequently, securing the right supply for yourself and your family today is somewhat of a challenge, so choose wisely.