Should you pick spring water or purified water?
Have you ever wandered down the water aisle in the supermarket and thought about just how many different kinds of water jugs there are? It’s something we notice when we’re stocking up for natural emergencies, be it hurricanes or winter storms, and we rarely know if we’re buying the “right” gallons to keep our drinking water stash ready for whatever comes our way. So we delved into what those different labels mean so you, too, can make the smart choice for you when upping your hydration game.
Distilled water is the pure H2O that’s left after boiling out any contaminants like inorganic minerals and trace metals. Some of those contaminants are harmful to your health, but others are the electrolytes like sodium, calcium and magnesium that are actually good for you and add the natural “flavor” to water you typically experience. So if you buy this gallon jug at the grocery store with the intention of drinking it, expect to dislike the taste (or lack thereof). Most people just describe distilled water as feeling wet but lacking true refreshment.
The first truly drinkable option you’ll come across in the water aisle is filtered water. It’s usually tap water sourced from local municipalities that’s run through additional carbon filters to remove chlorine, making it taste good, and any microorganisms that could potentially make you sick. It’s also ozonated before it’s bottled. The end result is similar to spring water — the original source is mainly where the two differ.
As the name suggests, spring water comes from natural spring sources, and it usually contains many of the impurities from those original, underground sources. It’s pumped into tanker trucks for transportation to a bottling facility, and it’s chlorinated or ozonated to prevent contamination along the way. Then at the facility, it goes through an additional carbon filtration process to remove the chlorine. Even though a lot of spring water jugs will say things like “100% pure” on the label, it’s not to be confused with purified water.
While spring water focuses on the quality of the original source of the water, purified water focuses on the quality of the filtration processes used on the water. It’s filtered in ways similar to filtered water, but a few extra steps are taken to knock the purification up a notch — reverse osmosis, distillation, deionization and more. The final result is a water that is way purer then filtered, spring or tap water. So if you’re really focused on nutrition and taste, it’s worth paying extra for these gallons.