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Wells Vs. Bottled Water: What Bottled Terms Really Mean

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on the myth behind bottled water being purer or healthier than other types. Most forms of bottled water come from the exact same sources as your home’s water, whether a water well or a municipal supply, and much of their reputation has been built on fancy terminology – and in addition, plastic water bottles are a blight on the environment in several ways.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re here to provide an alternative. We offer a wide range of water well services from basic digging to well pump repair, well rehabilitation and many other solutions to bring you water that’s every bit as pure as you’d find in a bottle, but without the additional negatives that come along with plastic bottles. Today’s part two of our series will go over some of the terms you might see in the bottled water world, and what they’re actually referring to.

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Artesian/Bedrock Water

This is a term you might see in certain marketing segments for various bottled water companies. It refers to water from a bedrock well that taps a natural aquifer deep under the ground. This is one of the few legitimate terms in the bottled water world, referring to a type that often has great taste and a higher level of dissolved minerals.

However, as you may have guessed from reading above, guess where this water comes from? That’s right, a well. And while this is a particular type of well, it’s in no way unique to bottled water companies. It can be installed in numerous other areas or settings, including for homeowners.

Sparkling Water

Sparkling water refers to water that’s been pulled from a standard source, usually a tap or well, and then carbonated. It’s different from soda water or tonic water, which are not considered bottled water options.

Natural Water

A broader term here you might see is “natural” water, which just refers to water from any approved underground source – including springs, bedrock wells, mineral water and more. Essentially, any water that’s not from a municipal or public water system falls under this category, so you can see why it’s a misleading term when companies use it.

Glacier Water

This is a rarer form of water, a type sourced directly from a glacier. Many bottled companies claiming this form of water are not being truthful, but some are.

Purified Water

Finally, purified water refers to distilled or de-ionized water that has less than 10 milligrams per liter of dissolved solids. Numerous filtration systems can achieve this purification level, including many water well filters, so again, this is nothing special if you see it listed for your bottled water.

For more on debunking the myth of bottled water being superior to other types, or to learn about any of our water well drilling or rehabilitation services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.