Water hardness can be defined simply as the amount of magnesium and calcium ions dissolved in a given water source. Many people believe that all water is the same, but its makeup varies depending on where it comes from and how it is treated.
Some sources of water, such as spring water, contain naturally occurring and important minerals and electrolytes due to environmental conditions where the water is found. Other sources of water for drinking utilize filters or water softeners to remove those valuable minerals or even to add fluoride.
You’re looking for an alternative to tap water and the chlorine and other chemicals it contains, and you see that purified water and natural spring water are two options. But which is better and why? With proper hydration being such an important part of overall health, it’s important that you have the facts before making your choice.
A common tap water treatment strategy across municipalities in America is called disinfection. Water treatment facilities use a disinfectant (chlorine and/or chloramine) to kill any viruses, parasites or bacteria. Artificial fluoride is also added in the hopes of improving dental hygiene. In some rare circumstances even after water leaves the treatment plant, old pipes can even put lead in tap water, as is the case in Denver. For households wishing not to have these additional substances added to their drinking water, there are some alternatives.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lead contamination in water is linked to developmental disabilities and other long-term health problems including anemia, neurological problems, kidney failure and even death.
Water drinkers have so many water choices to choose from these days. From tap, filtered, distilled or spring water, many consumers may not fully understand all of the differences. In a previous blog, we went over these different water types for drinking. Here we will be focusing specifically on home water filtration systems compared to natural spring water.