Types of Bottled Water

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Types of Bottled Water

All the terms legally necessary to describe bottled drinking water are discussed below.

Any term you find on a label not defined or included here is a marketing slogan to get you to buy it.

Artesian Water

Artesian water, or artesian well water, is water drawn from a well where the water is brought to the surface by natural pressure or flow.

Bottled Water

Bottled water, or bottled drinking water, is water intended for human consumption and sealed in bottles or other containers with no added ingredients except for optional antimicrobial agents.

These must be identified on the label.

If bottled water comes from a community water system or from a municipal source, this information must appear on the label.

About 25% of bottled waters now sold come from the same water supplies flowing into some areas’ household taps.

Deionized or Demineralized Water

When the electric charge of a molecule of water has been neutralized by the addition or removal of electrons, the resulting water is called deionized or demineralized.

The deionization process removes nitrates, calcium, magnesium, cadmium, barium, lead, mercury, and some forms of radium.

Ground Water

This is water coming from underground, in the water table, and is under pressure equal to or greater than atmospheric pressure, and doesn’t come into contact with surface water.

Ground water must be pumped mechanically for bottling.

Mineral Water

Mineral water is water containing not less than 250 parts per million total dissolved solids (TDS), originating from a geologically and physically protected underground water source or spring tapped at the spring opening or through a borehole.

Mineral water is distinguished from other types of water by constant levels and relative proportions of minerals and trace elements at its source, allowing for seasonal variations.

No minerals may be added to this water.

If the TDS content of mineral water is below 500 parts per million, the water may be labeled low mineral content.

If it’s greater than 1,500 parts per million, the label high mineral content may be used.

Depending on where the source is, the minerals the water contains will vary.

If you’re suffering from a deficiency of certain minerals and are drinking mineral water for therapeutic reasons, you must be aware of which minerals are in the particular brand of water you drink.

If you’re drinking mineral water containing minerals you don’t lack, you could be doing yourself more harm than good.

Most mineral waters are carbonated.

However, some sparkling waters, like club soda, are called mineral waters because the manufacturer added bicarbonates, citrates, and sodium phosphates to filtered or distilled tap water.

Natural Spring Water

The term natural spring water on a bottled water label doesn’t tell you where the water came from, only the mineral content of the water hasn’t been altered.

It may or may not have been filtered or otherwise treated.

Spring water is water coming from an underground formation from which water flows naturally to the surface of the earth.

It must be collected at the spring or through a borehole tapping the underground formation feeding the spring.

To meet the definition of spring, there must be natural force bringing the water to the surface opening.

The location of the spring must be identified on the label of any water labeled as spring water.

If you use a water cooler for bottled spring water, you should be sure to clean the cooler once a month to destroy bacteria.

Run a 50-50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda through the reservoir and spigots, then remove the residue by rinsing the cooler with 4 or more gallons of tap water.

Sparkling Water

This is bottled water containing the same amount of carbon dioxide it had at emergence from the water source.

It can be a healthful alternative to soda and alcoholic beverages, but if it’s loaded with fructose and other sweeteners, it may be no better than soda pop.

Read labels before you buy.

Soda water, seltzer water, and tonic water are not considered bottled waters.

They’re regulated separately, may contain sugar and calories, and are considered soft drinks.

Understanding where the carbonation in sparkling water comes from isn’t always easy.

So-called naturally sparkling water must get its carbonation from the same source as the water.

If water is labeled carbonated natural water, it means the carbonation came from a source other than the one supplying the water.

It doesn’t mean the water is of poor quality.

It can still be called natural because its mineral content is the same as when it came from the ground, even though it’s been carbonated from a separate source.

People suffering from intestinal disorders or ulcers should avoid drinking carbonated water because it may be irritating to the gastrointestinal tract.

Steam-Distilled Water

Distillation involves vaporizing water by boiling it.

The steam rises, leaving behind most of the bacteria, viruses, chemicals, minerals, and pollutants from the water.

The steam is then moved into a condensing chamber, where it’s cooled and condensed to become distilled water.

Once consumed, steam-distilled water leaches inorganic minerals rejected by the cells and tissues out of your body.

We believe only steam-distilled or reverse-osmosis-filtered water should be consumed.

This water should be used not only for drinking, but also for cooking, because foods like pasta, rice, and beans can absorb chemicals found in unpurified water.

Flavor can be added to distilled water by adding 1-2 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar (from a health food store) per gallon of distilled water.

Vinegar is an excellent solvent and aids in digestion.

Lemon juice is another good flavoring agent, and has cleansing properties as well.

For added minerals, you can add mineral drops to steam-distilled water.

This is what we use.

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