What’s Really in Bottled Water?

January 17, 2017 | General Water Issues

Ever look at the ingredients list of your bottled water? Not only are there other ingredients typically listed besides water, but there are even different types of water to begin with! It can leave consumers confused at the end of the day as to what is really in the bottled water. So, when you boil it down, what’s really in there?

Bottled Water Ingredients?

If you’re reading the back of your bottled water and wondering why they bother to list ingredients, you may be in for a surpriseā€”it’s not just water. Bottled water companies will purify their water and then add back ingredients such as magnesium sulfate, potassium bicarbonate, or potassium chloride. These ingredients aren’t really cause for concern, they’re there to add taste to the water. Most consumers will find that purified water on its own ends up tasting “flat”, so water bottlers will add in these minerals to add taste.

What is in Spring Water?

Spring water comes from an underground source and is then filtered to remove unwanted elements. What makes spring water unique is that it contains minerals which vary from spring to spring. Sometimes, these compounds can be hazardous, while most of the time the minerals are deemed acceptable to drink or even healthy. We suggest visiting the websites of a spring water bottler to see what all is in their water.

What is in Purified Water?

Purified water must meet the highest standard of water purity. Water impurities must be removed up to the level there are no more than 10 parts per million; which is extremely low. How bottling manufacturers reach this level can vary from reverse osmosis, micron filtration, distillation, or ultraviolet light treatments. The end story is that purified water will have the least amount of other contaminants than any other water.

What is in Distilled Water?

Distilled water is a form of purified water. The process of distilling water involves heating water to its boiling point to create steam, and then collecting this steam for bottling. The issue is there are some contaminants whose boiling point is below that of water. While distilled water is a great purification method, be sure it is used with another form of purification as well; otherwise you may have other compounds in your bottled water.

When purchasing water for your home, or on the go, the best bet is to go with purified water. If you’re looking to have purified water in your own home, get in touch with a Maryland water treatment company. R & G Water Systems, Inc. is a Maryland water treatment service who can help you install water purification systems in your own home so you can have high-quality water right from your faucet. For more information on the services we offer, visit our website or give us a call today at 410-239-0700

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