Wading Through Water Bottle Labels

by Diane Lofshult on Apr 01, 2006

Are you in over your head when it comes to all the bottled waters flooding the markets? If so, here’s a cheat sheet for deciphering the label on your favorite water bottle:

Artesian water is taken from a well by tapping a confined aquifer.

Mineral water must contain at least 250 parts per million of dissolved mineral solids that originate from a geologically and physically protected underground water source with no added minerals.

Purified water is produced by distillation, deionization, reverse osmosis or another authorized purification process; also known as demineralized water.

Sparkling water has been treated, and then any carbon dioxide lost during treatment has been replaced.

Spring water is gleaned from an underground formation where water flows naturally to the surface of the earth at an identified location.

Hold That Water. Although bottled water theoretically has an indefinite shelf life, storing it for too long can affect taste and odor. If you reuse the bottles, make sure you thoroughly wash them first, to avoid any buildup of bacteria.

Source: August 30, 2005, San Diego Union-Tribune.

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Diane Lofshult

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Diane Lofshult is an award-winning freelance author who specializes in nutrition and weight management topics. She is the founder of In Other Words, an editorial consulting firm based in Solana Beach, California. Reach her at lofshult@roadrunner.com.