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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Which one is the healthiest- Tap, Bottled, RO, Distilled or Filtered water?

The water we consume in our home depends upon personal choice and the kind of resources one has at their disposal. For instance, after relying on bottled mineral bottle for years, Vidut Sharma, a finance executive from Delhi purchased a water filter online recently. Some people grow up drinking tap water, while others have an RO installed in their homes for some time now. But have you ever wondered which water source is best for you and your family?

To help you understand the difference between tap, bottled, RO, and distilled water, we have put together some useful information.This will guide you to select the healthiest and most suitable drinking water option for your home.

Tap Water 

What are sources of Tap water?

River, lakes, and groundwater are the primary sources of municipal water supplied to our homes. 

Is it safe for consumption?

Not exactly. Even though urban households have access to treated water, the quality of water is still questionable. This is primarily because of the dirty state of rivers and lakes which is infested with industrial and public waste. Therefore, it’s quite likely that the tap water may contain unwanted arsenic substances like sulfates, mercury, lead, etc. that can be harmful to health if not further treated.

Bottled Water  

What exactly is bottled water?

Easily available and the primary source of drinking water when travelling, bottled water are nothing but water collected from pristine, natural sources and thereafter processed.The water is then packaged and sold commercially. 

Is it safe for consumption?

Many families in India purchase packaged mineral or bottled water from local vendors for drinking and cooking purposes. However, you cannot guarantee the purity of water. Time and again disturbing news surface wherein some local vendors are known to sell filtered water under the garb of mineral water. Therefore, unless packaged water is purchased from a reputed vendor and a well-known brand, the purity of bottled water cannot be guaranteed. 

RO 

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What is the source of RO water?

RO stands for Reverse Osmosis. For domestic purposes, the RO technology is used in several water filters designed for household use. RO water filters are technologically advanced water purification system that can be purchased online or from any of the consumer appliance store. Several brands such as Kent have developed a range of RO water purifiers for domestic and residential use. Kent water purification system operates on a combination of RO +UV+UF technology to dispense pristine and clean water.

Is RO water safe for consumption?

Yes! Yes! Yes! Water dispensed from an RO purifier is very safe. In addition to that, the nutrition value of water channelized through RO purifier is intact. Thanks to the TDS technology, that propels most advanced RO water purifiers, natural nutrients and mineral from the water are not lost. 


Distilled Water 

What is Distilled Water?

Distilled Water is the most conventional way to treat water from local sources. This process mainly involves heating the water to its boiling point to remove the bacteria, fungi, viruses, etc. 

Is Distilled water is fit for consumption?

Boiling the water remove impurities from it only to a certain extent. Substances like heavy metals, nitrates may be still present in the water. Boiling the water may also eliminate essential minerals. Therefore, long-term consumption of distilled water is not advisable.

Filtered Water 

What is filtered water?

Conventional filters use carbon (activated charcoal) to remove unwanted deposits from the water. The water dispensed from this mechanism is referred as filtered water. 

Is filtered water safe for consumption?

Although the filtration process does not eliminate natural minerals and vitamins in the water, the carbon molecules might attract toxic chemicals. Therefore, filtered water may not be safe all the time.


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