What do you envision when the words “spring water” are said? Do you picture a secluded natural spring of unmatched beauty with clear water tumbling over rocks? That’s exactly what bottled water companies want you to see.
The truth, however, is that bottled spring water doesn’t get to you naturally but largely by petroleum.
First, bulk water is transported from remote sources. The water is then processed and packaged into bottles made from petroleum products. Packaged water is then shipped around the globe, and, finally, across town before ending up as one of the more than 25 billion water bottles that end up in our ever-clogging landfills each year. Experts estimate that manufacturing a one-year supply of plastic water bottles consumes enough oil to fuel 1.5 million cars for an entire year and generates 2 ½ million tons of carbon emission – not to mention the environmental costs of transporting the bottles.
Spring Water vs. Purified Water
Let’s first look at the differences between spring water and purified water because they are frequently lumped together. Spring water is water that comes from springs in the ground. It’s sometimes referred to as well water or artesian water. It’s collected when it rises to the surface.
Springs can form anywhere there is rock formation, most commonly limestone in the U.S. Typically, water is clear when it bubbles to the surface but can discolor depending on the mineral composition of the soil surrounding it. And while spring water can be safe to drink, the Environmental Protection Agency requires that bottled spring water must be filtered and tested for sediment.
Purified water, on the other hand, has a strict set of requirements to meet. Any and all impurities in purified water must not exceed 10 parts per million. Interestingly enough, bottled purified water does not measure microbes. Fortunately, all Pure Water Technology products take an extra step in the purification process to eliminate microbes!
As a result of filtration, purified water can come from any source including water from springs or even taps.
Many Americans are now investing in high quality purification systems for their office drinking water supply. And the top grade spring water … the ones advertised from a very specific source … are often too costly to use every day.
A Bottleless Water Cooler Can Save You Money and Keep Your Employees Healthy
You can ditch the worry of whether the water you supply to your employees is safe and clean to drink by switching to a bottleless water cooler system.