Whether you're a dedicated bottled water drinker or someone who prefers drinking water straight from the tap, there are a few things you should know about the source of your H20. First of all, just because it's in a bottle does not necessarily mean that the water comes directly from a natural spring or well; it may actually originate from a public water source — that's right, some bottled waters are just tap water in disguise. There are also a number of different kinds of bottled waters. Here are six of the most common types:
6 Types of Bottled Water
water (also referred to as
demineralized water) is essentially tap water that has been purified through a
distillation, deionization, or reverse-osmosis process. It is typically taken
from metropolitan water sources and then put through commercial filters to
remove any chlorines, detritus, or other trace elements that should not be in
the drinking water.
water comes from a well that penetrates
through the water table. The well water that is bottled for public consumption
is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); however, private
drinking water wells are not subject to EPA standards.
water is a type of well water that is
derived from an aquifer — a water-bearing underground layer of rock
water is sourced from a natural spring, where water flows
directly from under the earth’s surface.
water is natural water that comes from a
well or spring. It contains dissolved minerals and other trace elements (at
least 250 parts per million). While some people believe that mineral water has
more health benefits than other types of bottled water, the FDA does not allow
a producer to add more minerals to the water or claim that it provides health
- Sparkling water is spring or well water that contains dissolved carbon dioxide, which makes the water naturally carbonated. Producers can replace the carbon dioxide that was lost during processing but cannot add more carbonation to what was naturally in the water.