There are a huge number of different brands and types of drinking water; not to mention the municipal/tap waters supplies. Now, municipal water is very safe and very inexpensive, so why are people spending billions to buy bottled water? Is it just the convenience of being able to take the smaller bottles with us, so we can have water with us all the time? Is it just a fad that will soon die out? Is it all the new, cute, multi-colored bottles that are marketed towards teenagers or younger? If I were an investor, should I invest in this industry or wait to see what is going to happen?
Now, I can understand in developing countries where the supplies of safe, clean drinking water are rare and many people are dying from a water crisis. So, safe drinking water can be provided in large bottled supplies and the children and others could be helped. But in developed countries with safe municipal water supplies it doesn’t make economic sense.
The different types of drinking water are vast. There is distilled water which is just H2O on one end and spa waters with carbonates and minerals on the other end. So, I guess before you decide what water is best for you and your family, you must examine your reasons for wanting bottled drinking water.
If money is not an object and you don’t like the taste or looks of municipal water in your city then the sky is the limit in price and variety of bottled drinking water. It is convenient if you have a small child and you are traveling from one source of drinking water to another city municipal water supply. This was often a problem with my children when they were infants as the change in cities supplies would always make them sick. So, bottled water was really almost a necessity as well as a convenience.
Bottled water is almost necessary in a hot climate – you can always have a bottle of water with you at all times. This is important in the summer time where temperatures can get over 100 degrees or more in some areas of the US and it is very easy to become dehydrated.
So, it looks as if, except for some of the about reasons, it is really up to each individual preference. In other words, if you like bubbles go for sparkling water. If you want great taste, go for spring water.
However, in general, artesian waters rather than surface waters should be chosen. Artesian supplies are underground lakes, usually isolated from contamination. Surface waters and near surface wells and springs can be much more easily contaminated with industrial or agriculture run-off.
Put simply, there is no water which will make you look younger or healthy if you don’t live a healthy lifestyle. But if you want to believe that a brand of water will make you healthy, then buy it. All in all, most all bottled drinking water is safe and healthy to drink. So if one brand makes you drink more water, then that is the one for you because the main and most important thing is that you drink enough water every day to keep you and your family healthy and hydrated.