There are many different types of bottled water available for consumers to choose from these days, from sparkling, to mineral, to distilled or reverse osmosis. There are just as many opinions on what type of water is the healthiest for the human body. It can be agreed upon by most, however, that the best water is one that doesn’t contain damaging contaminants or chemicals. Unfortunately, tap water cannot be included in this category, and neither can some brands of bottled water.
The purity of water can be measured with a system called “total dissolved solids,” also known as TDS. TDS testing measures the amount of substances that are mixed in with the water. For tap water in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends less than a 500 mg concentration of total dissolved solids in order to ensure the water is safe. This regulation unfortunately still allows for some contaminants to remain in the water.
What Are Some of the Dangerous Substances That Can Contaminate Water?
Not only does water with a high level of TDS taste saltier and heavier than pure water, but it may contain unhealthy levels of toxic contaminants as well. Substances such as Arsenic, Mercury, Cyanide, Aluminum, and Chloride are all commonly found in tap water, and even some brands of bottled water. Arsenic is a chemical element that is poisonous to all multiple-celled organisms. Although the concentrations found in most water supplies are not large enough to kill a person in a single glass, ingesting arsenic long term, even in such small amounts, can be damaging to health. The same could be said for chloride and other substances. Who wants that? Don’t we all deserve to drink water that is pure, fresh tasting and healthy?
What Constitutes “Pure” Water?
In the United States, bottled water is regulated by the food and drug administration (FDA), unlike tap water, which is regulated by the EPA. The FDA considers bottled water
a food product and therefore has an allowed maximum contaminant level, similar to the allowed level of TDS in tap water. Also similarly, some contaminants may remain despite regulations. When searching for a pure brand of bottled water, there are a couple things to remember. First, you will want to find a brand that advertises little to no total dissolved solids. Your best bet in finding this is going to be a water from a spring or reserve that lays deep beneath the surface of the earth. This is where the most pure water on earth can be found.
Secondly, you will want to look into how the water is bottled. Water that is bottled directly from the source has no chance of picking up contaminants, since it never comes into contact with humans, dirt, or other debris and substances. Many brands of bottled water need to be filtered because they come from municipal water supplies, but the best types of water do not need filtering because they are naturally pure