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Getting to Know Your Water Types

'...tap water is usually not a natural product.'

Types of Water

Did you know that there are many different types of water:

  • fresh water and hard water (which is saturated with inorganic minerals and found in lakes, rivers, on the ground and in deep wells)
  • soft water (water which doesn’t contain mineral salts)
  • raw water.

Which Water Should We Drink?

Natural Mineral Water

Natural mineral water has to come from an officially-recognised source that is protected from contamination and it must be bottled at its place of origin.

Mineral water not only hydrates the body, but it also supplies us with minerals as well (although what these are depends on the origin). Chemicals and other types of water cannot be added to natural mineral water, meaning it’s as pure as pure can be.

Spring Water

As with Natural Mineral Water, spring water must come from an officially-recognised source and be bottled on site. However, it doesn’t have to go through such an intense testing period and doesn’t contain any specific minerals.

Bottled or Table Water

Table water  can come from a range of sources. In fact, even some of the best-known brands can simply be reprocessed tap water.

Tap Water

Tap water is usually not a natural product. It has often been heavily filtered and treated with chemicals to reduce potential parasites.. However, the quality of this “raw water” varies, according to where you live.

Tap water may also contain heavy chlorine residual, which is needed to ensure it’s kept safe during storage and transit through water mains and pipes, which can be rusty or rotten.

Filtered Water

Filers take tap water and use a process to remove the chlorine residue, which then improves taste. However, most filters don’t protect against contaminants and parasites, which can be found in UK water. 

Want to learn the truth about water? Read all four parts in this series from Sam Hadadi on our blog, starting with The Facts About Water -Part 1.