The Key Differences Between Bottled Water Companies

  While bottled water itself has been around a long time, it’s been viewed as an important source of hydration the past few decades. In 1976, the average American consumed a gallon and a half of bottled water each year. And by 2008, that number grew to about 30 gallons per person – making bottled water the highest consumed beverage in the nation, surpassing both milk and beer.

According to the International Bottled Water Association IBWA, the majority of bottled water companies in the United States are fairly small, and often spearheaded by local family entrepreneurs with strong ties to their communities. Don’t let this fool you, though. Not just any type of water in a bottle can be labeled “bottled water.”

The term, “bottled water” is considered a consumer food product by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The organization has strict identity standards for bottled water and requires that the “type of water” be clearly printed on the label of all bottled water sold in the nation. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean all water is created equal.

The quality and subtle tastes vary among water bottle companies. While these variations might not be as pronounced as products like frozen pizza or macaroni and cheese, the differences do exist. The majority of which have to do with the sourcing of the bottled water. In today’s blog, we’ll be explaining the 6 types of bottled water and how they differ from company to company.

Spring Water

Spring water is derived from an underground formation where water flows naturally to the earth’s surface. This type of water is only collected through a spring or borehole that’s tapping into the formation feeding the spring.

By law, spring water that’s collected using external force must:

  • Be from the same underground stratum as the spring
  • Have all the physical properties before treatment
  • And, be the same composition and quality as the water flowing naturally

Purified Water

Purified water is water that’s been produced via distillation, deionization, reverse osmosis or other suitable processes that meet the definition in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia. This type of water may also be referred to as distilled water, deionized water or reverse osmosis water depending on the process. Each of these terms can be used interchangeably with purified drinking water.

Mineral Water

Mineral water is a different ball game. It’s classified as natural water containing no less than 250 parts per million of total dissolved solids. Mineral water differs from other types of bottled water because of its constant level and relative proportions of mineral and trace elements from the source. Because of this, no minerals can be added to this product.

Sparkling Bottled Water

Growing in popularity, sparkling water is simply that. After treatment and the possible replacement of carbon dioxide, it contains the same amount of carbon dioxide it had as it emerged from the source. Sparking waters may also be referred to as sparkling drinking water, sparkling mineral water or sparkling spring water. 

Artesian Water

Artesian water is a product from a well that taps a confined aquifer, in which the water level stands at some height above the top. An aquifer is a water-bearing underground layer of rock or sand.

Well Water

Well water is produced from a hole bored, drilled or constructed in the ground. This process allows it to tap the water aquifer.

A Note on Municipal Sources

It’s important to keep in mind that purified bottled water isn’t tap water that’s simply bottled. Once municipal source water enters the bottled water company plant, several processes are in place to ensure it meets the purification and sterilization standards of the U.S. Pharmacopeia. These treatments include ozonation, reverse osmosis, distillation or deionization. From there, the finished product is placed in bottles under sanitary conditions and sold to consumers.

Total Beverage Services Process

Total Beverage Services sources the cleanest water possible before placing it through further purification and testing. Unlike municipal or public water, our product is tested weekly by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and annually by the FDA and IBWA.

Unlike municipality water, we draw directly from a protected artesian aquifer for the purest form of water. Then, through a strict osmosis and ozonation process, we further ensure its clean and refreshing taste without the use of chemicals or added minerals. To learn more about our purification process, click here.

There are various bottled water companies out there. But as mentioned, they aren’t created equal. To learn more about our products, we invite you to reach out to our team today at (405) 366-1344 to discuss your business or organization’s particular needs.