Behind the Labels: Drinking WaterheadingContent

Posted on September 12, 2013

water bottle necks two open and one with a capWhen visiting a drugstore or grocery store one thing you may have on your list to pick up is bottled water. When visiting the water aisle you may or may not be aware of the different types of water on the market. One bottle says spring, another says purified, a third says distilled and a fourth says mineral. But what exactly are the differences and which one is the right choice for you and your family to drink?

Here is a simple overview:

  • Spring Water – is water that comes from a natural underground source. This type of water contains a healthy amount of nutrients and minerals. But it doesn’t have the highest levels of purity.
  • Purified Water – is the “purest” water available. Purified water comes from either a protected underground source or from a municipal drinking-water supply. It has been “demineralized” – treated by one or more of several processes to remove dissolved solids. To be classified as purified, water must have less than 10 parts-per-million (ppm) of total dissolved solids.
  • Distilled Water – is water that has many of its impurities removed through distillation. During this process, water is boiled to a steam and then condensed back into water. Distilled water contains no bacteria and a very little amount of contaminants. This type of water has a ppm of 1 and can be classified as purified water.
  • Mineral Water – is spring water that has at least 250 parts per million (ppm) of total dissolved solids in it. These “dissolved solids” are minerals like calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium. By contrast, spring water usually has about 50 ppm of total dissolved solids.

You may also want to consider tap water that comes from the sink. Keep in mind that the quality of tap water varies from region to region, depending on the quality and type of the source.

Choosing the best drinking water can be a difficult and confusing task. But whichever type of drinking water you choose, make sure it meets your needs. If you still aren’t sure, call your local Tenet Physician at 1-866-654-2362.