The Goodness of spring water
We have heard and seen many ads talking about the goodness and freshness of spring water. But, not many of us know what spring water really is and how it is formed. Let’s explore these two things in this article.
Spring water is harvested from a natural spring. Contrary to other types of bottled water that are filtered and treated to remove impurities, spring water contains a good level of beneficial minerals.
Are Spring water and mineral water the same?
A majority of the population is attracted to the concept of consuming spring water, due to the fact that it is often known to originate to the surface from the underground water source. This leads to the assumption that the water is free of contaminants.
Most people also assume that spring and mineral water are the same, which is not true. Although, both types are harvested from the hydrosphere, yet mineral water has a relatively higher level of elements known as Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) which are added during the process of filtration.
These additional minerals are considered beneficial by some. However, for those who prefer water that contains just the right trace of minerals without altering its natural taste, spring water is the most attractive option.
The origin and journey of spring water
Conceptually, the groundwater system associated with springs consists of:
- A recharge area where water enters the subsurface
- an aquifer through which water flows; and
- a discharge point from where water emerges as a spring.
Normally, the recharge area is surrounded by topographic highs, such as ridges and mountaintops within which the water, due to precipitation, sinks below the surface and travels to the spring’s outlet.
The quantity of water that flows from springs depends on numerous factors, like the cavern size within the rocks, the water pressure in the aquifer, the size of the spring basin, and the intensity of rainfall. Human activities, such as farming or extraction of ground water through tube wells, also contribute to the volume of spring water discharged.
What makes spring water so fresh?
In theory, drinking spring water is healthy. But, like all types of drinking water, the water source is the key. Many proponents believe that the natural and refreshing taste that a liquid spring water has cannot be replicated by any means.
True spring water is captured from a natural source, a mountain, or artesian spring. When harvested properly, spring water is sparkling clean. As many would believe, it is not pure even after being rich with health promoting minerals. That’s because human activities on land contaminate it with impurities.
How can people avail spring water in urban areas?
Cold, fresh spring water bubbling up out of the ground that we can use for drinking, bathing, and other daily chores is one of the most romantic, beautiful and archetypal images of a rural life.
Additionally, since springs feed our rivers, there is lots of spring water right in your own tap water. However, it is not as pure as the spring water is. Hence, installment of a water purifier becomes a necessity.
On an average, the purity of spring water is roughly comparable to water available from our taps. Some have lower TDS levels and some are much higher. A water purifier, that takes into account all the parameters of clean potable water, will ensure that right TDS levels are delivered and taste is maintained as close to the natural spring water as possible.
Proponents of spring water argue that the taste is preferable, because it contains natural minerals. In some cases, high-quality spring water, ones that are advertised from specific sources, such as glacier water, are too expensive for many people to drink on a daily basis.
Bottled spring water and purified water are both safe to drink and, to be considered drinking water, they both must meet the National Drinking Water Regulations. In many cases, the choice between spring and purified water depends on access and personal preference.