There is a large range of bottled water available in the market now and sometimes it can be a daunting task to pick the right water. This is especially true as there are various terminologies used in the marketing of these packages and bottles in order to promote them. Most of the bottled water is promoted as natural, safer and healthier alternatives to tap water. Here is some basic information to help you purchase the best type of water that is suitable for you.
Natural water sources
It is best if the water is sourced naturally for example from a spring or artesian well. Most water companies’ supply bottled water deliver to large companies and homes. Artesian well water is water that has either sand or rock that acts as a natural water filter for the water and acts like an aquifer. Mineral water contains both minerals and compounds called trace elements and new elements cannot be added to this water at any time. Calcium, potassium and magnesium are the most common minerals found naturally in mineral water. Spring water flows to the surface naturally and must be collected from what is called a tapping system that has access to the spring. Sparkling water is the last type of water and contains carbon dioxide naturally.
Water from municipal sources to be avoided
There are some companies that use tap water or use water from a municipal source to bottle their water. This is not natural or artesian water and is not considered very safe either. There are standards set out by the government that needs to be met in order to be sold as purified, but are on par with the water that comes out from the tap. These bottles will be labeled as distilled or purified drinking water. Bottled water deliver may include bottles that have their water sourced from municipal sources and not from natural or artesian wells.
Always read the labels on bottled water as this gives the most accurate description of what type of water it is and the standards etc. The type of plastic used also comes in to consideration and most of the bottled waters use PET plastic for their packaging as this is the safest plastic that can be used and is approved by the FDA.
It is important to store bottled water appropriately to maintain the safety and quality of the product. This can be done by storing them away from direct light and heat; ideally in a cold and dark area.