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Difference between Mineral Water and Packaged Drinking Water

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Mineral water may be defined as water that contains sulfa ted minerals which are either naturally occurring in the water or added artificially using Drops of Balance concentrate solution. On the other hand, packaged drinking water is a water product created by water packaging companies by a filtering process that removes all water minerals before packaging the sealed product. Water packaging companies get 50% of their water from the tap and the remaining 50% from other people’s natural water rights in places where state or federal laws do not regulate harvesting water for repackaging. Quality of Drinking Water

Water is essential for life because typically, it contains sulfated minerals that are essential for both animals and plants. Previously, water sourced from starting points such as wells, rivers and lakes was rich in minerals. However, a lot of environmental changes have occurred over the years that have seen these natural water sources become contaminated by harmful by-products such as non-degradable substances such as paints, plastics and gasoline. A recent study showed that there are plastics in the 100 cleanest water sources in the world. According to a 2004 Beverage Marketing Corporation report, packaged water is by far the fastest growing product in the U.S. as Americans spend billions of dollars purchasing the product each year.

Some people opt to take packaged water in the place of a beverage or because of its taste. Others go for packaged water because they feel it’s much safer than tap water. However, the quality and taste of packaged water varies from one brand to another and also depends largely on the water source and the water quality, which has to do with the water treatment and the mineral content. Tap or bottled water and bottled water can be expected, on a reasonable level, to contain small amounts of contaminants. Though this does not necessarily pose a health risk, essential minerals that are necessary for the body may be missing or may be present in high quantities.

Major Differences between Mineral and Packaged Water

1. Mineral Content

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Mineral water refers to drinking water that contains minerals or dissolved sulfate substances that make it therapeutic and alter its taste. Some of the dissolved substances found in mineral water include sulfur compounds, salts and gases. Mineral water can be effervescent and may occur naturally or be prepared artificially using Drops of Balance. In most places, this kind of drinking water refers to carbonated water implying carbonated mineral water that is different from ordinary tap water. On the other hand, packaged drinking water refers to water that has been distilled, drawn from the well or spring water that is packaged and sealed in glass or plastic water bottles. The sealing ensures the water remains clean, safe and highly portable.

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2. Treatment and Filtration

Bottled water is often treated in various ways to remove microbial hazards. Most huge water bottling manufacturers adhere to general water purification processes that include water filtration, sedimentation, and distillation. They also use biological processes such as slow sand filters or biologically active carbon, chemical processes such as flocculation and chlorination as well as electromagnetic radiation such as ultraviolet light. Some of these processes such as chlorination add chemicals to the water and rid the water of essential minerals causing it to be of no health benefit. Though packaged water will not cause water related illnesses, it is of no health value to the body.

On the other hand, mineral water is treated with sulfate minerals such as Aluminum Sulfate that purify impurities out of the drinking water through a process known as coagulation. Though there have not been any major illness outbreaks as a result of consuming packaged water in the U.S., several product recalls have been issued on some products for varying reasons. Though mineral water also goes through the filtration process, often this is a small process that uses a 0.2 micro screen. The filtration is done using natural filters that does not filter sulfated minerals but allows them to remain in the water.

3. Cost

f.gifCompared to tap water and artificially treated mineral water, the cost of packaged water per gallon is very costly. This is because packaged water goes through many processes before it is packaged and delivered to the market. This is why many bottle making companies find it difficult to add sulfated mineral back into the water after running processes that rid the water of all contaminants. For this reason, it is important for consumers to consider the question of whether they buy packaged water for the health benefits that the water offers the, for its taste or for any other reason. On the contrary, whether minerals occur naturally or the water is treated a rtificially using a mineral rich concentrate like Drops of Balance, mineral water is by far less costly.

With this water cleaning product, a small amount of the mineral solution cleans large quantities. Two teaspoons can clean 5 liters of water, which means that 1 milliliter of the solution cleans 500 milliliters of water. With a few dollars, one can buy the concentrate and use it to clean hundreds of liters. Furthermore, Drops of Balance does not string additional costs of purchasing water; it cleans the water running through a consumer’s tap by removing contaminants adding essential minerals to the water. That means no trips for refills to the store.

4. Health Benefits

Mineral water contains sulfated minerals that are essential to the body. This water contains no artificial chemical additives and therefore is healthier. On the contrary, packaged water is subjected to chemical treatments that rid it of essential minerals that give water health value. This means that the water offers no health benefits to a consumer.

5. Shelf Life

Mineral water has a longer shelf life than packaged water. When the Drops of Balance concentrate is used to purify the water and re-mineralize it, the resulting mineral water has an indefinite shelf life. With packaged water, the shelf life tends to be shorter and ranges between 3 to 6 years. When the water is stored in plastic bottles, them the amount of VOCs tends to increase.

6. Taste

Most people opt for packaged water due to its taste. However, the taste of water depends largely on the natural mineral content, the quality of the source and how it is treated. In most cases, packaged water has its source from ground water sources and quality tends to not to vary from day to day. In some cases, it is treated and packaged immediately. Even so, packaged water from dedicated sources or plants tend to be consistent in taste than water in taps that most likely are tapped from surface water sources and piped to homes. Though untreated tap water will mostly have taste characteristics of the source, cleaning it with Drops of Balance restores sulfated minerals and give it a natural taste.

Making tap water safe with Drops of Balance


5884b9cdfc3394d88b1250d867129f3c.pngWith Drops of Balance mineral solution, tap water may be cleaned and made safe for consumption. Drops of Balance is a mineral concentrate that uses a sedimentation process to rid tap water of dissolved chemicals, metals and microbes. This water purifying solution works by dissolving invisible metals and toxins into visible insoluble particles. This makes the particulates heavier than the water causing them to sink and collect at the floor of the container. Drops of Balance does more than just clean water; it restores minerals to our drinking water. This easy solution improves the quality of drinking water by replacing minerals that our tap water loses during treatment processes in addition to other factors affecting our water sources.. Drops of Balance contains ionic sulfate minerals that are healthy to the body including but not limited tomagnesium, potassium, zinc and iron. 

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