Spring Water or Mineral? – What’s the difference?

spring water source 275x300 Spring Water or Mineral?   Whats the difference?The difference between different types of water sold in the UK is often a point of confusion for customers – as different brand use different definitions to brand and sell their product.

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.

Rob Laughton

Rob Laughton

Rob Laughton is an established part of the UK water industry and has business interests in drinking water products. He is actively involved in the self-regulatory associations which work to keep strict standards within the UK water industry.

His related water businesses are listed on www.drinkingwaters.co.uk and include The Water Delivery Company - Londons' largest independent bottled water cooler supplier.

7 Responses to Spring Water or Mineral? – What’s the difference?

  1. andre   cadet andre cadet says:

    A clear and precise definition; However, I was hoping for “artesian” water to be discussed also.

  2. admin admin says:

    Artesian in itself is not a way of further defining water – rather a part of system through which water can be extracted from underground. An artesian aquifer is a confined aquifer containing groundwater that will flow upward through a well without the need for pumping.
    Water may even reach the ground surface if the natural pressure is high enough, in which case the well is called a flowing artesian well. The water from an artesian aquifer – as we understand it – can be either spring or mineral water, but is rarely if ever described as “Artesian Water”.

  3. admin admin says:

    This however may be different in the USA – our definitions of spring and mineral are localised to the UK as the definitions come from central UK governmental bodies.

  4. Alan Alan says:

    Hi, thanks for this information. I drink bottled spring water because I don’t want something that has been chemically treated in any way like tap water. So I’m alightly concerned that you say that spring water may be “further treated”. Can you explain what this further treatment could mean? If it means it’s been chemically treated then I will have to go back to just pay a little bit more and drink ‘mineral’ water instead. Thanks, Alan

  5. Rob Laughton Rob Laughton says:

    Many thanks for your email.

    We mean that some suppliers may choose to ozonate or filter the water during the extraction process. This can also occur with mineral water. Please check with your supplier for detailed information

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  7. Adam Hafford Adam Hafford says:

    In the EU, bottled water may be called mineral water when it is bottled at the source and has undergone no or minimal treatment. Permitted is the removal of iron, manganese, sulphur and arsenic through decantation, filtration or treatment with ozone-enriched air, in so far as this treatment does not alter the composition of the water as regards the essential constituents which give it its properties…;.”

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