In fact the legal definitions for Spring and Mineral water are determined by governmental regulations updated in 1999 – “The Natural Mineral Water, Spring Water and Bottled Drinking Water Regulations 1999″. This is common in many countries and therefore both mineral and spring water can vary greatly in different countries.
Spring water is collected directly from the a natural source – typically far underground in natural aquifers – and must be bottled at the source. UK sources of spring water must meet certain hygiene standards, and may be further treated so they meet pollution regulations.
Importantly for bottlers of water it can be extracted from different wells/sources in the same area – therefore if one source becomes polluted then the bottler can continue supplying from the same aquifer but from a different well. For this reason most of the larger bottlers in the UK sell Spring Water as it allows for continuity of supply.
Mineral water emerges from under the ground, then flows over rocks before it’s collected. Unlike spring water, it can’t be treated except to remove grit and dirt. Mineral water again has to be bottled and source and historically it was often the case that people would travel to certain locations to drink mineral water that was said to have specific health benefits.
Different brands of spring and mineral waters have differing amounts of minerals depending on their source – details on the spring water that The Water Delivery company sells for water cooler customers is available in the water information section of our website. This is also mirrored on our supplier’s website.
Details on the spring water we sell in small pack bottles of sparkling and still water is also available through our website and on the website of Princes Gate.Google+