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Types of Drinking Water

Ever wonder what type of water is best to drink? You may have heard of spring, distilled, and reverse osmosis water. Each type of bottled water has a unique taste and mineral content. They are all great choices over soda, but which one is best for you? Let’s take a look at the different water options available at Distillata. In this article, we will answer the following questions:

  1. What are the different types of water?
  2. What are the benefits of each type of water?
  3. How can I choose the right water for me?

Distilled Water

Distilled is a purified water. We use steam distillation to prepare our brand. We boil our source water and condense the gathered steam into liquid form. This process removes and discards 99.9% of the dissolved solids. This thorough method eliminates nearly all minerals and impurities. In fact, only 1PPM of total dissolved solids remains. Distilled adheres to the chemical requirements specified in the US Pharmacopeia. It is a trustworthy option for various manufacturing and production applications. Distilled water is preferred for home equipment such as CPAP and irons. Plus, it is an excellent choice for drinking! Our customers enjoy the low mineral content and “lack of taste.” 

Distilled Water Process:

  1. Source water is heated to a boil, and steam occurs (evaporation).
  2. The steam travels to a separate holding tank, and 99% of all solids, minerals, contaminants, and impurities are left behind.
  3. The impurities are flushed from the system.
  4. The purified steam is then cooled and returned to liquid form..
  5. A UV light kills bacteria and microorganisms (a safe, chemical-free way to treat water).
  6. The water is disinfected with an ozone treatment for a final polish. Ozone has excellent disinfection and oxidation qualities and is effective against bacteria and viruses.
5-gallon water bottles being filled with Distillata spring water in Cleveland, Oh warehouse

Distilled Water Qualities:

  • Distilled water is almost completely void of dissolved solids (generally <1ppm). This leaves the water with a fresh taste that, aside from drinking, is also perfect for use in certain manufacturing equipment and household gadgets
  • Distilled water has a flavor-enhancing characteristic that makes it a great choice for infused waters, tea, and cooking.
  • Because distilled water is void of any solids, impurities, or contaminants, it stores beautifully. Having an ample supply of bottled water on hand is always a good idea in case of emergencies. No type of water is better suited for this job.

Who is distilled water for?

  • Those that like the taste of Dasani or Aquafina water.
  • Those with certain medical conditions (consult a doctor).
  • Manufacturing facilities that require purified water.
  • Medical offices for use in specialized equipment.
  • CPAP, humidifier, and iron users. 
  • Emergency water supplies.
putting best by dates on 5-gallon spring water bottles at the Distillata bottling facility on Cleveland, Oh

Reverse Osmosis

Reverse osmosis (RO) water passes through a semi-permeable membrane. The membrane only allows pure water through and leaves contaminants behind. This process removes all impurities, giving RO water its unique taste. The RO water process as an intense filtration process. But, there are a few more steps to create polished water. In fact, there are five stages of filtration. This is why it is called five-stage reverse osmosis filtration.

Reverse Osmosis Process:

  1. Source water travels through a pre-sediment filter to remove larger solids.
  2. The water travels through two pre-carbon filters to remove chlorine, volatile organic compounds, taste, and odor.
  3. The reverse osmosis filter removes the remaining dissolved solids.
  4. The last carbon filter delivers a fresh-tasting and smelling product.
  5. The water is finished with a UV light to kill bacteria and microorganisms.
  6. For a final polish, it is disinfected with an ozone treatment.
Distillata delivery driver removing 5-gallon water bottle from rack in Aurora, Oh

Reverse Osmosis Qualities:

  • Reverse Osmosis (RO) water is enjoyed for drinking, manufacturing, and other applications. The US Navy initially used this process to provide water for their submarines. They removed salt from seawater to make a potable beverage. This enabled their crew to stay aboard for extended periods of time.
  • In recent years, reverse osmosis has taken off as the water of choice for many consumers. The process is reputable, and the finished product tastes light and refreshing.

Who is reverse osmosis water for?

  • Those that like the taste of Dasani or Aquafina water.
  • Those with certain medical conditions (consult a doctor).
  • Manufacturing facilities that require purified water.
  • Medical offices for use in specialized equipment.
  • CPAP, humidifier, and iron users. 
  • Emergency water supplies.
distillata deliver person placing 5-gallon water bottle on a front porch in Aurora, Oh

Artesian Spring Water

Artesian spring water flows to the surface without a pump. The water is under pressure between two surfaces with nowhere to go but to ground level. Our artesian spring is in Brimfield, Ohio. The Distillata spring is monitored daily. We, along with the FDA and Ohio EPA ensure it meets all governmental regulations.

Artesian Spring Water Process:

  1. Water flows into a porous substance like rock, sand, or gravel.
  2. Surrounding the porous substance is rock or another material so hard that the water cannot escape through it to reach ground level.
  3. This, combined with water flow, creates pressure that is only released when it finds an escape.
  4. In our case, the escape is a well.
  5. A .2 micron filter removes all solids
  6. It is finished with a UV light to kill bacteria and microorganisms.
  7. The spring water is disinfected with an ozone treatment.
putting a 5 gallon water bottle on a stainless steel water cooler at home

Artesian spring qualities:

  • Free of sodium, chlorine, and calories, it’s delivered fresh daily from a naturally free-flowing protected spring.
  • Mother nature pre-filters the water, and along the way, it picks up beneficial minerals. Those minerals contribute to a refreshing taste.

Who is artesian spring water for?

  • Spring water is the top choice for most homes and businesses for drinking. 
  • Those that like the taste of Fiji or Mountain Valley bottled water.
filling clear water bottle from a black water dispenser

Premium Drinking Water

Premium drinking water is a careful blend of distilled and artesian spring water. The natural minerals of our artesian spring water combined with our purified distilled water appeal to those with discriminating tastes. 

Premium Drinking Water Process:

  1. Finished artesian spring water is combined with finished distilled water in a state-of-the-art holding tank.
dog drinking bottled water from a 5-gallon water cooler

Premium drinking qualities:

  • The beneficial mineral content of spring water.
  • Longer shelf life with the addition of distilled water.
  • Distilled water has a flavor-enhancing characteristic, amplifying the fresh taste of spring water.

Who is premium drinking water for?

  • Those who may store water for longer periods of time.
  • Offices with fluorescent lighting. 
  • Those who like the taste of distilled but want minerals in their water.

Let’s put it all together. This water comparison chart will help you decide.

Distillata water comparison chart

We have explored the different types of drinking water available at Distillata. We have discussed the benefits of each type of water and who they are best suited for. We hope this information has helped you to choose the right type of water for your needs. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to help you find the perfect water.

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