The Difference Between Spring Water and Mineral Water
Water is water some might say, but there are so many different types – it can be quite confusing what’s what! The difference between all the types of water available on the market is becoming ever so complicated. To make things simpler for you, we thought we would delve into the depths that is water and its many labels.
One thing you need to bear in mind is that all water bottles must comply with the European Parliament Directives Directives 80/777/EEC & 96/70/EC, & Natural Mineral Water, Spring Water & Bottled Drinking Water Regulations 1999 as well as other amendments. These regulations and laws provide consumers with details about what product they are buying. Water bottles come in all shapes and sizes and are regulated by the Foods Standard Agency.
Well. Let’s get to it then.
Natural Mineral Water
This type of water comes from an identified and protected source. Mineral water is consistent in both composition and goes through a natural process of filtration. To get the status of Natural Mineral Water, this H2O has to demonstrate that it is free from pollution and have stable composition.
Natural Spring Water
Just like Natural Mineral Water, Spring Water in the UK must come from an underground source. It must be bottled at source and be safe to drink without the need for additional treatment. The difference between Mineral Water and Spring Water lies in the fact that certain treatments are permitted for Spring Water.
These treatments are defined by the European Union Scientific Committee for Food and may include the removal of certain organic minerals or undesirable substances. Currently, these rules are being reviewed in the UK.
Typical Tap Water
Water that comes out of your taps has been treated by water companies to neutralise it and add disinfectants such as Choline. Tap water generally contains contaminants that affect the taste and smell. Domestic filtration removes some of the hardness of the water and chlorine.
Just because your bottle of water says “water” in the title, it does not actually mean it’s pure water. As soon as a producer adds minerals, carbohydrates, vitamins, flavours or sweeteners to water it becomes a fizzy drink.
These types of water should not be confused with drinking water, but more of an occasional treat.
To be completely clear purified water are not recommended for human consumption. This type of soft water has been mechanically filtered or has been put through a process to remove all impurities.
We hope that this quick cheat sheet of water types has helped you discern the difference between the H20 you consume or not.
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