You may not know this, but August is actually water quality month! That’s right, a whole month to raise awareness and make you think about the quality of water you are buying and drinking.
We here at SHO wanted to investigate to find out what the difference is between spring, mineral and tap water, and ultimately find out which one is best for you AND the environment.
What is water quality and how is it tested?
That is a very good question! Each country has different rules, regulations and varieties of testing with regards to water quality, so for this post as we are based in the UK, that is the area we will focus on today.
The quality of water is determined by what is safe and what it is suited for. For example, some water sources will be suited for human consumption, some will be ecosystem safe and some will be used for animal consumption.
The water is tested by independent bodies across the country and around 80% of this water is sourced from lakes, rivers and streams from all over the UK. If you want to read more about the the testing and the nitty gritty details then click here!
All over the internet, you will find websites stating that our bodies are made up of 50%, 60%, 70%, and even 80% water. Basically, we need water and it is essential for our day to day survival (nothing new here!), but there is so much conflicting information about what we should drink, what we shouldn’t drink and how much we should drink.
Back in the early 2000’s, there were numerous reports about certain prescription drugs being found in tap water. Rivers and streams that were primary supplies of British drinking water had become contaminated. Cue a panic as the general public questioned how safe the water that they were drinking was. As this concern continued, there entered a solution to their fears..
And so began the bottled water boom!
Bottled water has been hailed as both convenient and also a ‘healthier’ option what with added nutrients and mineral benefits. Pair along with that the fact that touting a bottle from the latest trending water company was seen as ‘cool’, these combination of factors have now caused a stigma towards the trusty tap and the water that flows so freely from it.
It is rare nowadays to see people asking for tap water in restaurants, for fear of being rejected or ‘looking cheap’, despite the fact that since 2010, any restaurant in England and Wales that serves alcohol is legally required to give customers free tap water.
Let’s have a look at spring, mineral and tap water in a little more detail.