The Search for Best Drinking Water
Do you think you have the best drinking water? Hopefully you can avoid tap water. Tap water, city water, or municipal water, can present some unknown health issues. People flush all kinds of things down the drain, whether at the kitchen sink, or when flushing a toilet. This includes food scraps in a sink disposal with food borne bacteria. Also, soaps, bleach, solvents, latex paint, expired OTC drugs, and prescription drugs. Not to mention, human waste in the form of: urine, feces, and blood.
Certainly, this is not a nice thing to think about. However, this is what most treatment plants have when they start: water from sewer systems, industrial plants, and roadway runoff is known as wastewater. Ths usually ends up in rivers, lakes, and oceans after treatment. Even more now, wastewater is used for tertiary treatment and potable water.
For Indirect Potable Reuse (IPR)—recycled water that eventually becomes drinking water—tertiary-treated water undergoes advanced water technology, then spends time in groundwater or surface water, such as a reservoir, before being sent to drinking water supplies. Advanced water technology first involves microfiltration that strains out any remaining solids.
Also, on our search for the best drinking water resources, we have done a fair amount of research in stores and online. We read labels, ask questions, and even call customer service departments. This includes local, regional, and national distributors of bottled water. Other than tap water, there are some basic types of water available. Some are labeled as: spring water, mineral water, well water, distilled water, filtered water and purified water. Artesian water is a special type of well water. RO water (Reverse Osmosis) is a form of highly filtered and purified water. Some distilled water also goes through a reverse osmosis process.
The long and short of it is that most bottled water available in stores is not always as advertised. Some of it is indeed spring water, but that is usually limited to the locally sourced products. Most of this water is municipal water (not the best drinking water) that has gone through additional processing. This includes "purified water" and "distilled water".
Below is an example description for a popular brand. Crystal Springs is available at Kroger in our area. "Crystal Springs" sounds like spring water, but it is not:
Minerals added for taste. Since 1921. Purified by reverse osmosis and/or distillation, filtered and ozonated to ensure quality. Contains purified water with selected minerals (potassium bicarbonate, calcium chloride, magnesium chloride) added for taste. Mineral amounts are not nutritionally significant. For a report on bottled water quality and information, call 1-800-682-0246 or visit crystal-springs.com. Recycling programs may not be available in your community. Facebook. Twitter. Source: Municipal Water Supply, Mableton, GA.https://www.instacart.com/kroger/products/
Most Water Is Deficient in Minerals
Some popular brands of bottled water are deficient of important minerals and micronutrients. Many even still contain flouride as well as other additives. Consequently, it cannot be the best drinking water available.
Our first thought as Whole Foodists was that we need to find a local source for good well water or spring water. That is a good remedy, but there are many variables. You may not know anyone that lives in the country (like on a farm). You also may live in a region of the country where well water is not desirable. We like well water, and prefer to use well water whenever we can impose on friends that are lucky enough to have a well.
What Is The Best Drinking Water?
Other than a natural clean source of water, we seek filtered water that is free from chemicals and free from added flouride and chlorine. It also needs to taste good, and we think minerals are what give water a good taste. This leaves out most store bought water brands, which is usually purified water. There are a few brands that are truly sourced from natural springs and can be called spring water. Artesian water is from an Artesian Auquifer.
RO / Reverse Osmosis Water
Other than well water, or verified spring water or mineral water, we have found the best option for us is to buy RO Water (Reverse Osmosis Water). This is water usually dispensed from a vending machine in a grocery store or water conditioning service like Culligan's. The only catch is you have to remineralize the water to get a good tase and the best possible health benefits. RO water is what can be termed "dead water". It has had literally everything filtered out of it. All the good properties along with the bad.
We are making another post on how to remineralize RO Water, but for now just know that when you adopt a clean eating style, you also want to drink the best water available you can find.
Try to find a source for natural spring water, or fresh well water. If that is not possible, then we suggest purchasing Reverse Osmosis Water from a store you can trust. This is good, but it may not be the best drinking water.