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Did You Know the Difference Between Purified Water, Distilled Water, and Mineral Water?

Apr 26, 2017

In its essence water is two molecules of hydrogen and one molecule of oxygen. What makes one type of water different from the other is the source of the water and the processes it goes through after being extracted from that source. As your body comprises more than three-quarters of water, it is essential that you replenish this water level by consuming pure and safe drinking water to sustain good health. Other than the differentiation of water based on its sources such as well and spring water, water is also classified based on processes. This is where you come across the three most common types of water – distilled, mineral, and purified water.

Here are the unique characteristics of each of these types of water that make them different from each other.

Distilled water

In simple terms, distilled water is collected after the process of distillation. Distillation involves the condensation of water vapour after boiling impure water. Distillation results in the complete elimination of all solid residues from the water. Therefore, distilled water is devoid of all minerals. Distilled water is great for short term use and helps to detoxify the human body. It’s used in regions (deserts) where natural water sources are few, and salt water must be converted to potable water to meet consumption requirements. Usually, desalination plants need to add some minerals to the distilled water to make it usable for daily consumption purposes.

Mineral water

The mineral water originates from a natural source such as well or spring and contains traces of beneficial minerals such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium. This makes mineral water a healthy option. Mineral water is usually bottled and sold at a premium, and this makes it unaffordable to use on a daily basis. However, many Indian homes do have access to mineral water as they use water sourced from their courtyard well. This water does need to be purified further as you cannot be sure of its quality.

Purified water

Purified water is the purest form of water that is free of harmful contaminants but still has essential minerals that were present at the water source. Purified water can be regular tap water that has been processed through an ultraviolet filter or reverse osmosis filter in your home. Purified water undergoes additional processes as compared to distilled or mineral water such as deionization and reverse osmosis. As purified water is free of toxins, such as bacteria, viruses, and synthetic chemicals and rich in minerals, it is the ideal form of water for daily consumption.

Installing a water purifier at home and work is a good initiative. Drinking clean and pure water has numerous benefits. You will ward off harmful waterborne diseases and maintain your health.

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