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What’s the Difference between Distilled Water & Purified Water?

Written on August 4th, 2011 at 11:06 am in Types of Bottled Water

In order to remain properly hydrated in the hot and humid Florida weather, it’s important to drink bottled water. But, what type of bottled water should you drink—mineral, spring, distilled, or purified? If you want to drink the cleanest water available, distilled and purified water are the best choices. But which is better? What’s the difference between distilled and purified water?

Different Types of Water Available

First, let’s talk briefly about the different types of water out there. There are other types of water in addition to tap/municipal, but what exactly are the differences between them?

Mineral water – mineral water naturally contains many dissolved minerals—iron, calcium, sulfate, potassium, etc., and contains at least 250 PPM (parts-per-million) of total dissolved solids (TDS).  To bring some perspective to this statement, tap water generally has 300 to 400 PPM.

Spring Water – spring water is water from a natural underground source that contains some nutrients and minerals.  It is collected at the source, usually with a borehole.  Though natural and great tasting water, spring water (like mineral water) doesn’t top the list when it comes to purity.

Purified water – the purest water on the market, purified water refers to the actual quality of water.  There a number of different ways it can reach this quality, including distillation, reverse osmosis, ion exchange, and more.  In order to be classified as purified water, the water must have less than 10 PPM—which is extremely pure. In fact, most impurities (about 99 percent) are removed.

Distilled water – although many people don’t think about this, distilled water is actually a type of purified water. It’s called distilled water because it goes through a process called distillation to remove the impurities.  Distillation entails boiling the water, capturing the steam (pure water) and condensing it back into H2O. Distilled water contains no bacteria and a very little amount of contaminants—with a PPM of about one, it can be classified as purified water!

Should I Choose Distilled Water or Purified Water?

As you may gather from the information above, there is essentially no difference between purified and distilled water, aside from the purification process. Distilled water goes through distillation while purified water is processed by other means—reverse osmosis, sand filtration, ion exchange, etc. Keep in mind that for water to be classified as purified, the TDS count must be less than 10 PPM, and both purified and distilled water have a PPM no higher than 2!

Water Boy uses a rigorous, multi-step purification process using ozonation and reverse osmosis, which removes all the chemicals and dissolved solids from your water. Our water contains very low sodium levels—less than 1 milligram per each 8 ounce serving!

Both purified and distilled water are extremely pure—in fact, the purest you can find. The water you choose to drink is entirely up to your personal preference, and are equally healthy. If you live in Tampa, FL or the South/Central Florida areas, we will deliver bottled water to your home or office. Rest assured, with distilled water from Water Boy, you’re drinking some of the purest, best tasting water available!

To learn more about the difference between distilled and purified water, or if you want distilled water delivered right to your doorstep, call Water Boy, Inc. at (800) 799-5684 or contact us today!

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