Jul 26

Distilled, spring, filtered, tap water… help!

Welcome and thanks for being here.

Boy, is that a loaded question.  You could spend days, weeks, and months trying to figure out what is really the difference between waters and which ones are actually best for you.  But since you probably have better things to do, I’m going to do it for you.  I suspect that there isn’t a clear and definitive answer as to which is the best.  At the very least, however, I might be able to point you away from the worst and put your mind at ease about the rest.

Types of Water

I don’t know about you, but I remember when water was water and it was FREE!  That was also a time when there was less pollution and less pharmaceutical drugs being dumped into our water supplies.  In general, municipalities are doing a pretty good job of providing safe drinking water.  But that’s no longer enough.

Over the years, we have developed many different ways of treating or manipulating water in an effort to make it healthier for us.  The following are the different types of water that are available today:

  • Purified water: Water that is physically processed to remove impurities (e.g., distillation, deionization, reverse osmosis, carbon filtration, etc.)
  • Distilled water: Water that is boiled and evaporated away from its dissolved minerals, and then the vapor is condensed.
  • Bottled Water. This water is typically from a spring or has gone through reverse osmosis before it is bottled. However, some brands are simply bottled tap water that may or may not have gone through any additional filtering.
  • Alkaline water: Water that has been separated into alkaline and acid fractions using electrolysis, which takes advantage of the naturally occurring electric charges found in the magnesium and calcium ions; in the drinking water industry.
  • Deionized or demineralized water: Water in which the mineral ions (salts such as sodium, calcium, iron, copper, chloride and bromide) have been removed by exposing it to electrically charged resins that attract and bind to the salts.
  • Hard and soft water: Hard water is any water containing an appreciable quantity of dissolved minerals; soft water is treated water in which the only cation (positively charged ion) is sodium.


Help!  Where do I start?

Unfortunately, every kind of water has its pros and cons.  So let’s start with a few basics.  The Safe Drinking Water Act was passed by Congress in 1974.  It regulated 91 contaminants.  There are over 60,000 chemicals in use in the United States.  While they have added some to the list over the years, not one new one has been added since 2000.  In addition, many of the standards for testing haven’t changed, despite studies that have shown that there are risks at much lower doses than previously suspected.

In addition, the chemicals that are deliberately added to the water are potentially more hazardous than those already in it.  Both chlorine and fluoride can be hazardous to your health.  Fluoride seems to be a somewhat controversial subject.  Obviously the medical establishment (Doctors and Dentists) recommend fluoride, but there is much proof that fluoride can be toxic.

I think it’s safe to say that water directly out of the tap is not your best bet.  We’ll get into it more in another post, but bottled water may not be much better.  In fact, some bottled water comes directly from municipal water sources.  We somehow think that it must be a better municipal source than our own, but that’s not necessarily so, and we’re paying through the nose.  And dumping tons of plastic bottles into the landfills.  Ouch!

What do I do?

For now, I have an under-counter 3 phase water filter in my kitchen.  But I really like the idea of having a portable water bottle that also filters water, so I’m looking into testing and reviewing some of them.  Stay tuned for more.

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Have a sparkling day,