Is your water clean? Pt. 1
Water is truly the source of life. We know we need to drink it to survive (experts recommend about eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day to stay hydrated!), but we often forget about the other ways water affects our lives. Water is so important, we’re dedicating our next two blogs to talking about everything water!
First things first: what type of water should I drink?
Drinking Water is a key component of our lives. Since 70% of the human body is water, the water we drink and cook with must be the highest quality. Water is used for many different types of purposes besides drinking water — but, let’s face it, we’re most concerned about what type of water we’re putting in our bodies.
Get to know the different types of drinking water.
Let’s dive into the different types of water people from all over the world use to stay hydrated:
Distilled water is made by boiling water and collecting the steam as it condenses. Minerals and most contaminants and chemicals are left behind, at least those which have a higher boiling point than water. Distillation is most effective in removing heavy metals, nitrates and minerals, and the boiling process kills the vast majority of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and viruses. Some chemicals that have a lower boiling point than water, such as chlorine and benzene, are vaporized and remain in the distilled water unless they are filtered out with charcoal.
Spring water comes from naturally occurring springs, which are underground sources that are usually uncontaminated. Spring water typically undergoes some processing and filtering to remove debris and kill bacteria and other microbes, but most of the mineral content — such as calcium and magnesium — is left in the water. Consequently, spring water tastes “fresher” or “crisper” than distilled water to most people.
Purified water is a general term that usually means the water is filtered in some way. Water filtration can be accomplished via reverse osmosis or activated carbon and ceramic filters, although the common goal is to remove harmful substances from the water. Municipal water from your tap should be safe according to government guidelines, so the EPA only recommends additional water filtration at home in order to improve the taste of your drinking water. However, the EPA admits that municipal drinking water can be expected to contain some contaminants, so people with severely weakened immune systems or serious health conditions may benefit from further purifying their water or buying bottled water.
Bottled water includes virtually every type of drinking water including tap water, spring water, filtered water and even ozonated water -- which is infused with oxygen. Some brands have been heavily criticized because they use unfiltered municipal water. On the other hand, some brands are highly filtered and purified, and some contain additional minerals and electrolytes.1
Have more questions? We can help.
Now that you know the different types of drinking water available, we’ll take a look at how water in the US is often treated, how it’s used, and what you can do to treat your water on your own to get better tasting and healthier water in our next blog.
If you have questions about how to test or treat your water, give us a call at 812-339-9114, and we’ll gladly help answer your questions and get you started.