The question of whether or not bottled water is actually safe to drink has recently become a question of considerable debate. Does bottled water pose health hazards? Pose this question to various health professionals and some would say yes, some would say no.
Here are four questions you need to ask before you can decide for yourself if your bottled water is truly safe or not.
1. Where did it come from?
There are three sources of water that can be bottled:
Spring water: Derived from mountain springs and bottled to be consumed in its natural state. Manufacturers who bottle spring water are usually close to the spring itself.
Natural mineral water: Derived from a natural mineral spring. Mineral water sources are usually man-made springs brought about by water extraction.
Tap water: The main potable water supplied to the residents of a particular area. Whether it is safe to drink or not depends on the purification process it undergoes.
The most common sources for bottled water in the world are spring and tap. Surprisingly, my preference would be tap water. However, that comes with the caveat of using a filtration system or filtered pitcher. Most modern refrigerators are equipped with this — it’s very cost effective and readily available. When choosing drinking water, I take a holistic view which includes considering the financial aspects.
2. How is it purified?
Bottled water manufacturers employ various processes to purify water for consumption. These include: