There are two types of water that is bottled – one is packaged drinking water and the other is packaged natural mineral water. The difference between the two is that they come from different sources and both types have different purification standards.
Did you know that the ‘packaged mineral water’ that you buy on railway platforms, in restaurants or from roadside vendors may not actually be mineral water? It could be just plain packaged drinking water! Most people think that all bottled water is the same but there is a difference. There are two types of water that is bottled – one is packaged drinking water and the other is packaged natural mineral water. The difference between the two is that they come from different sources and both types have different standards for purification of water.
The source of mineral water is natural and therefore it can actually be labelled “Natural Mineral Water.” A natural source means that the water has been obtained directly from natural sources like lakes, rivers, drilled from the underground water bearing strata, or spring water that is free from pollutants. Mineral salts and trace elements are the same as present at the source. It is not treated chemically and is packaged hygienically, close to the source of water. The mineral content in this type of water is not disturbed and the water is permitted to go through mechanical filtration only, which does not change the composition of the source water. Natural mineral water is free from contaminants and poses no danger and since it is packaged close to the source. It is also, therefore, more expensive than packaged drinking water.
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