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

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

Do you drink a lot of bottled water? As you know, you have a number of different options – spring, distilled, purified, and so forth. If you want to drink the purest water available, distilled and purified water are the best ways to go. But which is better? What’s the difference between purified and distilled 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 it has 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 1, 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. Our water contains very low sodium levels – less than 1 milligram per an 8 ounce serving!

Both purified and distilled water are extremely pure – the purest water you can find! So which one you choose depends on your personal preference! If you live in Florida, Water Boy can deliver distilled bottled water to your home or office. And you can rest assured you’re drinking some of the purest, best tasting water available.

To find out more about the difference between distilled and purified water or if you want distilled water delivered right to your door, call Water Boy today!