It’s important to understand that not all water is created equal. The kinds of water you have access to may vary based on where you live, and your disposable income. In Vancouver, BC, I am extremely blessed to be able to walk into my bathroom or kitchen, turn on a tap and out flows this clean, drinkable, nourishing water.
But does that mean tap water is the best option? It’s free and readily available – but what about from a nutritional standpoint? Let’s take a look at some of the differences between the kinds of water that is available:
Tap water – Some may consider tap water “processed”, because well, it is. It goes through extensive filtration, and then has chemicals and additives added to it to clean it up even further. While these chemicals may be within safe levels for consumption, they are still unnatural substances that are being consumed by the body. Also, tap water typically comes from ground water or surface reservoirs, and while this means it may contain important minerals from the earth that the body needs, it can also mean that the water can potentially be exposed to environmental pollutants. These pollutants may not always be cleared up by the filtration/ “purification” process. (Learn more about Vancouver’s drinking water here.)
Well water – Like some tap water, well water comes from the ground. The mineral content of this water will vary depending on the region and can vary from what is deemed “soft” to “hard” water, with hard water being richer in minerals. Additionally, well water is also at risk of exposure to environmental pollutants the difference being, that well water doesn’t go through a large, municipality-funded treatment process to ensure that it is safe for consumption. Therefore, it’s recommended that well water be tested frequently to ensure its safety.
Spring water – This, again, is water that flows from underground, or in rocks. Mineral content of spring water will depend on the earth it is coming from. This is water in a very natural form. Now, just because I said natural, doesn’t mean that it’s the healthiest! Again, it’s important to have spring water tested regularly to ensure that it is not being exposed to environmental toxins such as fertilizers. Many people feel that spring water is a refreshing way to get trace minerals without altering the taste of the water. Visit findaspring.com to locate a natural spring near you, and to read people’s comments on its quality and safety.
Mineral Water – can either be a natural found water, or manufactured, and is typically effervescent. Bottled mineral water often has CO2 added back to it to maintain its “sparkling” quality, as much of this gas is lost on its trip from the ground to the bottle.
Purified/Filtered water – Legally, in order to call water “pure” 99.75% of its incoming bacteria must be removed. One may either buy purified water, or use own filtering systems at home to purify tap water. The two main ways to purify water at home would be either using an activated carbon filter, or a reverse osmosis system.