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Bottle Water FAQ

What Types of water are there?

Bottled water is considered a consumer food product by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which has strict standards of identity for bottled water. The Texas Department of Health And The FDA require that the “type” of bottled water must be clearly printed on the label of all bottled water sold in the United States.

These types are:

  • Drinking Water –The generic term for water that is intended for human consumption and that is sealed in bottles or other containers with no added ingredients except that it may optionally contain safe and suitable antimicrobial agents. Otherwise, no additional treatment is required
  • Purified Water – Water that has been produced by distillation, deionization, reverse osmosis, or other suitable processes and does not contain more than 10 parts per million total dissolved solids (TDS).
  • Mineral Water is natural water containing not less than 250 parts per million total dissolved solids (TDS).
  • Spring Water is water derived from an underground formation from which water flows naturally to the surface of the earth.
  • Deionized Water – Water produced by deionization.
  • Distilled Water – Water produced by distillation and meets the definition for purified water.
  • Mineral Water – Water that contains no less than 250 parts per million (ppm) total dissolved solids (TDS), coming from a source tapped at one or more bore holes or springs, originating from a geologically and physically protected underground water source. No minerals may be added to this water.
  • Well water is water tapped from an underground aquifer.
  • Artesian Water is water from a well tapping a confined aquifer in which the water level in the well rises above the water level in the aquifer.

Are All Bottled Waters alike?

Individual taste preferences range the gamut of water types. i.e.:

  1. Drinking Waters: Taste is driven by the residual TDS of the source waters and treatment processes.
  2. Purified Water: Has a clean, airy and light mouth feel. It is the best for water for Coffee, Tea and other blended additives.
  3. Purified water with added minerals. This is a higher TDS water and tends to have a heavier taste and more prominent mouth feel.
  4. Mineral Water: Taste is driven by the residual TDS of the source water.
  5. Spring Water: Specific springs vary in taste and quality.
  6. Deionized Water: Taste is determined by the degree of removal of source solids.
  7. Distilled Water: Little taste but very low TDS.
  8. Mineral Water: Determined by source spring or well.
  9. Well Water: Taste is driven by quality of well.
  10. Artesian Water: Taste is driven by quality of well.

Do all bottled waters contribute to one’s health?

Yes and no.

Bottled water is an essential hydration source, one not found in beer, milk and other caloric beverages.

Municipal drinking water is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States. Disinfection of municipal drinking water is one of the major public health advances of the 20th century. However, the disinfectants themselves can react with naturally occurring materials in the water to form unintended byproducts, which may pose health risks. A major challenge for municipal water suppliers is balancing the risks from microbial pathogens and disinfection byproducts.

Surface water (rivers and reservoirs) is the water source for most Texas Municipalities.

Municipal water supplies may be used for Drinking Water with little additional treatment if it meets federal standards. Most cities are proud of their water systems and encourage people to drink the water with confidence. However, some people don’t like the smell or taste of their tap water. For some people, such as those with compromised immune systems, doctors advise them not to drink tap water. Additionally, high dissolved solids in Drinking, Mineral, Spring, Well and Artesian waters can cause problems such as kidney stones and allergic reactions. The best bet for these people is a Purified Water containing a very low level of dissolved solids.

 

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