The Different Types of Water
With so many different types of water it can be difficult to understand the differences.
So what is the difference between:
- Tap water
- Bottled water
- Purified water
- Water from nature
- Restructured water
Key contributing factors to water types…
- Its source
- Its mineral content
- Its process of disinfection (if any)
- Its pH level and its ability to optimally hydrate the cells
Tap water, bottled water, purified water and restructured water essentially come from a similar source either through surface water (rain, lakes, streams) or ground water catchments, whereas spring water comes directly from an underground spring.
Defining Water in its Many Forms
Tap water is generally supplied by the local town or city council who typically disinfect water through the use of chemicals (chlorine and chloramine, fluoride etc) in its treatment process.
Bottled water on the other hand is generally treated through ozone disinfection which is tasteless and odourless, hence its tastes better than tap water and the main reason people believe bottled water to be healthier than tap water.
Purified water is water which goes through some form of physical purification process to make it safe for drinking by getting rid of the bacteria, heavy metals and unsafe or unnecessary minerals from it. The different methods used to purify water are distillation, deionisation, reverse osmosis, etc.
Spring water flows naturally to the surface from a protected underground source in the Earth. Spring water is collected pure from the source of spring, or by tapping the underground source by means of a bore-hole. Even though it is collected from the surface, this water should retain the taste, qualities and physical properties that it had when it came to the surface from the underground spring.
Reverse Osmosis is a filtering process which may be effective in areas that do not receive municipally treated water and is commonly used in bottled water facilities. The problem with this process is that dangerous chemicals like pesticides, herbicides, and chlorine are molecularly smaller than water and can pass freely through the filter. Reverse osmosis removes healthy, naturally occurring water minerals. These minerals not only provide good taste, they also serve a vital function in the body’s system. When stripped of these minerals, water can be unhealthy. Also, 2-3 gallons of water are wasted for every gallon of purified water produced.
Restructured water is a process of converting the structure of normal tap water which is Pentagonal in shape (5 sided) into Hexagonal form as the human cells absorb a much higher percentage of water when Hexagonal in shape thus creating optimal hydration at a cellular level. The highest quality water systems convert and restructure water also produce micro-clustered, ionised, alkalised and acidic waters on demand through a process of electrolysis and pH level regulation. This form of water can be used for various purposes, including drinking, cooking, skin care, wound care, and cleaning.