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There's Water - Then There's Water

Posted: April 18, 2007
by: T.Alexander

The bottled water industry is one I've enjoyed observing over the years. When I was growing up there was tap water and then if we were lucky to drive to the country on the weekend, crystal clear well water.

The International Bottled Water Association is a great source for information on all kinds of water. Sales of water are now regulated by the FDA and just in case you're interested, here are the five major water categories. I think I'll have a juice!

SPRING: Must be collected from an underground formation from which water flows naturally to the earth's surface and must retain its original composition and quality.

SPARKLING: (My Favorite) Contains natural carbonation from carbon dioxide and must be sold with the same amount of carbon dioxide that it had as it emerged from the source.

MINERAL: Must contain not less than 250 parts per million total of dissolved solids, minerals and trace elements that are present at the source.

PURIFIED: Produced through a water treatment process such as distillation, deionization or reverse osmosis. The main source for purified water is municipal water.

ARTESIAN: Comes from an underground confirmed aquifer that is under pressure.


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