Which is the best drinking water? Distilled, filtered, or purified?
It’s the question on many thirsty people’s lips: what kind of water is healthiest to drink? While you may be considering buying a new water filtration system, or maybe you’re just here to get smart, here’s the lowdown on the best kinds of water you can drink.
So, what’s the difference?
While filtered water can come in many types and different purities, so-called ‘purified water’ is widely regarded as the healthiest water you can get. Filtered water does not necessarily equate to an exact purity or level of clarity. Distilled water, on the other hand, is a type of purified water, much like deionised water, and is probably the purest type of water you can get.
Is distilled and filtered water the same?
No, most definitely not. Distilled water is made by boiling water and then condensing the steam while all the nasty chemicals, bacteria, and heavy minerals are left behind. Filtered water cannot expect the same level of purity, and while a filtration system still removes much of the total dissolved solids (TDS) and other larger minerals, they’re just not as effective as a chemical reaction.
Is distilled water good for drinking?
Depending on your outlook, you may argue that distilled water is the highest purity and therefore the best for you. Others would argue that distilled water lacks important naturally occurring minerals such as sodium, calcium, and magnesium. It’s these minerals that give fresh spring water its uniquely refreshing taste. A sip from a freshwater alpine spring will attest to this.
What’s in tap-water that shouldn’t be there?
Water purification systems and high-quality filters will aim to remove certain substances and organisms from the water, hence making it more drinkable and better for our health. Here are some of the many things that are found in our mains water supply:
- Metals such as copper and lead
- Herbicides and pesticides
Other mainstream chemicals found in drinking water
In Australia, water fluoridation is also common and can be found in almost all mains water supplies in small but varying amounts. This was introduced in 1968 as a measure to counter widespread dental issues. Chlorine is another chemical that will conjure up images of a public swimming pool. Chlorinated pools are much higher in chlorine content, but small amounts are introduced into the water as a disinfectant.
Which one is the healthiest?
Purified water comes out on top with the best balance of purity and taste. With significantly lower levels of bacteria and other nasty additives, you can count on purified water as being both clean and healthy.
Depending on your household and their water consumption rates, different filtration systems will cater to different needs. If a family of 5 all want to drink distilled water every day, this could be both costly and time-consuming. However, more efficient and flexible water filtration systems are available across the Perth metro area catering to a whole range of needs. Get in touch with a local filtration company to find out which system will suit your water needs.