We live in a world of many options when it comes to consumer choice, and the same can be said for the types of water that are out there. There is no doubt that water is an essential part of our health and wellbeing, and something that we need plenty of each day, but which type is considered the safest to drink? When deciding between spring, tap, mineral and purified water, you may be left with a lot of questions. Let’s delve a little deeper, while also looking at the best place to find the best quality water on the market.
Spring water is typically sourced from an underground region, primarily collected from a spring or borehole which taps directly into the source of the spring itself. This water is commonly what you would find when buying from a brand like Valpre, which sources their spring water directly from the Fricona Valley in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Spring water is considered safe to drink, low in contaminants and typically you are protected from stringent health regulations the suppliers have to adhere to before the bottles can hit the shelves. One disadvantage is that it can be expensive to keep buying spring water, especially if you’re looking to get your daily recommended two litres of water in.
Tap water is something that most people are dependent on in their day-to-day, usually because it is cost effective and is widely available in some of the more developed parts of the country. With a pH of around 7, tap water is widely considered to be safe to drink, but when you’re consuming it from a variety of sources, it can be hard to know for sure what is in the water, and where it is coming from. Contact your local water utility to ask, and if you’re sticking to tap water only, be mindful that it could come with health risks down the line.
Mineral water is a natural water that contains a constant level and relative proportions of minerals and trace elements. No minerals can be added to this water and it essentially comes with a stable supply directly from the source. Mineral water is certainly a healthier choice than tap water for this very reason, partly because it contains additional health benefits, sometimes going above and beyond what you would find with traditional spring water. The lines can be somewhat blurred through clever marketing campaigns, but as a whole, mineral water and still water are healthy, albeit that you are at the mercy of the producers to ensure that each bottle gets its seal of approval.
Last but not least, purified water has become very popular in the 2020s. This refers to water that has been treated through a suitable process in order to meet certain standards before being sold. Widely considered the safest water to drink as a result of this, and because you’re getting a healthy glass each time, it’s no surprise that purified water has been steadily climbing the ranks as the water of choice for many. Aquazania is a local supplier of premium purified water and water coolers across Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. If you’re looking to start your journey with the safest water around, give them a shout.