How to Choose the Best Bottled Drinking Water

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A close up of three bottles of water. (Image: Purestock/Purestock/Getty Images)

Consumers have begun buying more bottled water in order to avoid tap water contamination. Tap water is normally goundwater that is chemically processed and filtered; however, contaminants still make it through the filtration. Bottled water companies claim that their water is thoroughly purified and that all danger of contamination eliminated during processing. There are several types of bottled water, from natural spring water to artesian water. Making the choice of which is best can be a daunting experience with an estimated 400 U.S. companies now processing and bottling water.

Step 1

Understand the different types of bottled waters. Spring waters are collected from freshwater springs and filtered before bottling, as compared with purified water, which is collected from an underground source and then purified, deionized and distilled before packaging.

Step 2

Read the labels. Some bottled waters contain higher alkaline content than others, and some have a pH level closest to that of the human body. Alkaline and acidity are responsible for the water's taste intensity, as the pH level helps regulate the water's natural minerals and also enhances flavor.

Step 3

Test different waters to determine which you prefer. Waters come in different flavors, brands, packaging and varieties such as vitamin-enhanced. Processing can improve flavor drastically while possibly lowering essential vitamin and mineral content, meaning companies may chemically enhance water's vitamin content.

Step 4

Choose a brand that will not compromise your beliefs. If you seek eco-friendly products, avoid plastic bottles and opt for glass or recycled bottled water containers to help you feel better regarding your choice.

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