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How to Choose the Right Bottled Water

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1Purchase natural source bottled water. Companies offer a wide range of water types. However, you may want to purchase water that was bottled from a natural source — like a spring or artesian well water. Try:
· Artesian well water. This is a well water source that contains either sand or rock that acts as an aquifer. Aquifers are important as they are a natural filter for the ground water.
· Mineral water. This type of water contains no more than 250PPM (parts per million) of dissolved solids — it contains both minerals and trace elements. Common minerals include: calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
· Spring water. This must be collected from an underground source that flows naturally to the ground surface. This type of water must be collected only from the spring or a tapping system that's directly accessing the spring.
· Sparkling water. This type of water contains carbon dioxide naturally. After treatment, companies may add carbon dioxide back into the carbon dioxide content.

2Avoid bottled water from municipal sources. Some companies sell bottled water that is considered "tap water" or comes from a municipal source. If you're looking for an all natural or artesian water, bottled tap water should not be purchased.
· Purified water must meet the standards laid out by the US Pharmacopoeia. It must go through either distillation, reverse osmosis, or deionization prior to being bottled. However, this is often collected from municipal sources and is generally the same as the water that comes from your tap.
· You may see these labeled as "Distilled Water," or, "Purified Drinking Water."
· Bottled purified water is generally not thought to be inferior to other forms of bottled water, however it should be known that it does not come from a natural spring source and is not considered artesian water.

3Read the packaging labels. If you look at the bottom of the bottle or on the back of the bottle, you will see a label that refers to the type of plastic used in the particular bottle. Many bottled water use a plastic material known as PET. This particular type of plastic is used in a variety of plastic packaging and is considered safe by the FDA(Food and Drug Administration).
The chemical Bisphenol A (also known as BPA) has come under a lot of scrutiny lately. As with PET, you will see this labeled on products that contain any BPA. However, the FDA has reviewed multiple studies and has stated that BPA is safe for consumers.

4Store bottled water appropriately. Bottled water, like many foods and beverages, should be stored in the appropriate manner to maintain the quality and safety of the product.
· Keep bottled water out of the light and heat. It's ideal to store it in a cool, dark location.
· There is no expiration date for bottled water as long as it's stored still and sealed in a dark, cool location.
· Keep in mind how the bottles of water were handled or stored. You may want to consider washing off the top or lid, especially if it doesn't have an outer protecting film. The top and lid could have bacteria or other contaminants on it from it's handling process.
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