Did you know you can survive up to three weeks without food, but only about 3 days without water? (This is a variable fact and depends on your environment etc.) Water is THE most essential element to human sustenance and whether we like it or not, we NEED it. Your options nowadays are far from limited and often we are left spoiled for choice. Let’s weigh up two of your options.
We hear about mineral water every single day, how it’s so great for you, and that it is a hundred times better for you then regular tap water. Granted, this is a great option. But, what exactly IS mineral water? What makes it so special? In it’s simplest definition in a quick search, mineral water is explained to be naturally occurring water containing elements and minerals found in nature, which is bottled at the source and then sold as drinking water. A common brand associated with this type of bottled mineral water is Coca-Cola, with Valpre being it’s most popular selling bottled mineral water option. In short, it is natural water which does not undergo any type of chemical or purification treatment before it is bottled and distributed. It is, however, often filtered through hard-strains such as sand and stone of various sizes to remove any unwanted bodies from it.
Purified water is what it is; water – which can be extracted or obtained form basically any source – which then undergoes a series of filtration and purification processes. These processes may include chemical filtration, reverse osmosis, hard filter filtration as well as mineral additives (however, mineral additives serve a main purpose of taste improvement and do not have much of an impact on water purification as such).
Now that we know the core differences between mineral water and purified water, we can compare apples with apples. The main difference is the water source, and secondly – treatment method. If your water source is proved to be clean and free of any harmful bacteria etc., mineral water may be harvested from there. This allows you to consume “organic” water (if there is even such a thing – I made that up on the spot), free of any chemical additives or purifiers. However, it limits the amount of water you can “produce” and sell. If the spring is low, or if any contaminant has entered your water supply, your options may become fewer or your water source may be completely unusable for weeks at a time.
Now, purified water may be harvested form any source (springs, fountains, municipal storage etc.) and is chemically (and otherwise) treated and re-sold to the end consumer. This process contains chemical treatments and additives, but often in the purification process, major suppliers opt for non-chemical treatments. This may include hard filtration as well as reverse osmosis. The big benefit to this is that you are able to tap into an almost unlimited water supply, but you do have the costs to consider for your hard filtration as well as reverse osmosis / chemical purification systems.
They both have their up-and-down-sides, but at the end of the day, serve the same purpose.
If you are someone who has rare mineral allergies, or prefers their water free of any kind of added chemical, pure mineral water may be something you’d want to consider.
For those who have no issue with additives (remember, there are strict guidelines, which must be adhered to on what chemicals may be used in water purification; this means that you will not be ingesting any kind of harmful substance) you should opt for purified water.
In my opinion, whichever water suits your budget, needs and taste is the best water for you.