Drinking water as your beverage of choice is a smart health decision. But the seemingly endless bottled water options available on your grocer’s shelf may have you confused about the differences between them, and wondering which is the best for you to drink.
The truth is, the decision to choose one type of bottled water over another, or even your own tap water, is not likely to harm or help you, no matter what the marketing claims.
The water’s taste, however, may vary depending on its source and treatment, so your best choice may be based on your own taste preferences and your budget.
What makes the best water to drink?While the types of drinking water available may be distinguished by their source, treatment, and even additives - the health benefits of one over another are not established science.
Whether water has added vitamins, minerals, or electrolytes, or is alkaline, it likely won’t have as much effect on your health as whatever nutrients are in the food you eat.
The use of a water filtration system for your own tap water may make it the healthiest, most appealing option for you. It’s also likely the most cost-effective.
Your first choice of water to drink - whether it’s bottled from a tropical island spring, or filtered from your tap - can actually be based on your personal taste preference.
What is the best tap water for drinking?If you look to bottled water because your home’s drinking water is unappealing, you may be just a filter away from better water.
You can get rid of the chlorine aftertaste of city water with carbon filtration, whether attached to your faucet or a system for all the water in your home.
Read more about chlorine in water
If your water has other curious tastes or smells, you can check your Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), an annual drinking water quality report from your municipal water supply, to find out what’s in it, or purchase a water test to find out yourself.
The results of your investigation will guide your choice of the most effective filtration solution for your issues.
Read more about filtering tap water
If your water is from a private well, you are probably dealing with other issues, which would benefit from specific filtration treatments.
Read more about filtering well water
If your home has problem water, it’s very likely that there is an effective water filtration solution that can turn your water into the healthy, great-tasting water you crave.
What is the best bottled water to drink?The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) follows US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations classifying bottled water by type: Mineral, Spring, Artesian Well Water, Well Water, and Purified.
The choice between different bottled waters is subjective, based on your preference for taste, cost, and perceived health benefit.
Although there is not a scientific consensus about claimed health benefits of various brands of bottled water, there are differences in their composition and taste based on the water source and treatment.
- Mineral water comes from an underground source, and contains total dissolved solids (TDS) of at least 250 parts per million. These minerals and trace elements must come from the source of the underground water, they can’t be added later.
- Spring water comes from an underground formation which flows naturally to the surface of the earth. It must be collected only at the spring through a borehole tapping the underground formation feeding the spring.
Artesian Well Water
- Artesian well water is from a well that taps a confined aquifer - layers of porous rock, sand, and earth that contain water - which is under pressure from surrounding upper layers of rock or clay.
- Well water is from a hole bored or drilled into the grounds, which taps into an aquifer.
- Purified water is from a municipal source that is treated before it is bottled. This additional treatment may include distillation, reverse osmosis, absolute 1 micron filtration, or ozonation.
- Alkaline water is not an FDA regulated type of water. While pure water has a pH of 7, meaning it’s neutral, Alkaline waters have a pH around 8 or 9. Some vendors use water that has a naturally higher pH, while others say that they create alkaline water through an ionization process. While vendors claim benefits ranging from better rehydration to “detoxification”, these health claims have not been established.
What’s the healthiest water to drink?There is not a scientific consensus that any special type of bottled water is any better for you than filtered water from your tap.
But if the taste of a particular type of bottled water encourages you to drink more of it, it will probably benefit your health to keep it in your diet.
If you want to get the same benefit from your own home’s water, an effective water filtration solution can make your water healthier and better-tasting.
If you’d like a personalized recommendation for your home, the Technical Support Team at Tier1water.com is available to chat or answer your call.