KNOW YOUR WATERS
BY J MAJORS
Water is water, right? Well… not quite.
I think it was the great Thomas Jefferson…..or was it George Jefferson?…. that once said,
Not all waters are created equally.”
I could be a little off on that quote but here’s what you need to know when it comes to distinguishing between waters. Learn the H2O “lingo” so next time you find yourself staring at the smorgasbord of bottled waters at the grocery store you’ll be more informed.
Water that has a pH level above 7. A pH level below 7 is acidic while a level of 7 is considered to be neutral. Why is this important? The typical American diet is highly acidic. An alkaline diet lowers the risk of introducing excess acids into the system, helping to the body to properly maintain an acid-alkaline balance.
Groundwater that is tapped from a confined aquifer, an underground layer of rock, sand, or silt that contains water.
Water that has been purified through a process of boiling and then condensing the steam into a clean container. This process kills any microbes but also removes any minerals, leaving a very flat taste.
Ground water that has absorbed natural minerals by passing through layers of underground rock. All minerals and trace elements must be present as it emerges from the source and contain at least 250 parts per million (ppm) of total dissolved solids (tds).
Any bottled spring, mineral, artesian, or well water which is derived from an underground source that has not been altered in any way and is not derived from a municipal or public water supply.
Water that comes from any source but has been treated to remove any contaminates. Types of purification methods include distillation, deionization, reverse osmosis, and carbon filtration. Most purified waters contain no more than 10 parts per million (ppm) of total dissolved solids (tds).
Water that, after treatment and possible replacement of carbon dioxide, contains the same amount of carbon dioxide as it had when it emerged from the source. Carbonated waters such as tonic water, soda water, & seltzer waters are categorized as soft drinks.
Spring water is derived from an underground formation in which the water flows naturally to the Earth’s surface. Spring water must be collected at the source or through a borehole tapping the underground aquifer.
Also known as a municipal water source, or public water supply, that is supplied to households through a series of underground piping. Most local municipal water sources come from local wells, lakes, rivers or reservoirs. Tap water is processed and treated in various ways with chemicals and other additives such as chlorination, fluoridation, and others.