If water is the source of life, then its qual­i­ty deter­mines the lev­el of health. Every day a per­son drinks up to 2–2.5 liters of liq­uid. If each glass con­tains at least a few micro­grams of impu­ri­ties that are harm­ful to the body, then dur­ing his life every inhab­i­tant of the plan­et can so “clog” his inter­nal organs with salts and heavy met­als that the entire immune sys­tem will suf­fer and most vital process­es will be dis­rupt­ed. It is for this rea­son that it is so impor­tant to mon­i­tor what we and our chil­dren drink on a dai­ly basis. In this arti­cle we will talk about bot­tled water, tell you what it is, what prop­er­ties it has and whether it is use­ful.

To begin with, we note that such a prod­uct is mas­sive­ly on the gro­cery shelves of stores through­out the civ­i­lized world. Euro­pean and West­ern coun­tries, as well as most Asian coun­tries, are active­ly fight­ing for the eco­log­i­cal sit­u­a­tion, so they offer to drink liq­uid from bot­tles, which, by the way, has a fair­ly afford­able price. In Rus­sia, this prac­tice is less com­mon, but this is main­ly due to the low aware­ness of cit­i­zens about the ben­e­fits of a bot­tled prod­uct, and also due to the fact that it is cheap­er and more prof­itable to pur­chase a good fil­tra­tion sys­tem for the home, which will allow you to receive no less high-qual­i­ty water resource. in any quan­ti­ty.

What does the term “bottled water” mean?

types of bottled water

This is a liq­uid that has passed all stages of water treat­ment (purifi­ca­tion) and test­ing in pro­duc­tion, and has also been pack­aged in pre-pre­pared con­tain­ers. Bot­tles are made from cer­tain raw mate­ri­als (plas­tic, glass), which also under­goes chem­i­cal and ther­mal pro­cess­ing, and meets all san­i­tary and hygien­ic stan­dards. In addi­tion to the pure H2O for­mu­la, there may be some spe­cial­ized addi­tives that pro­long the preser­va­tion peri­od, as well as addi­tion­al­ly add col­or or smell (fla­vors, dyes). Sweet­en­ers and fla­vor­ings change the cat­e­go­ry of the drink, turn­ing it into lemon­ade.

In addi­tion to the above, you can find the fol­low­ing names: min­er­al­ized, puri­fied, med­i­c­i­nal, din­ing, drink­ing, etc. It can be car­bon­at­ed and non-car­bon­at­ed. The most pop­u­lar is soda. And the most use­ful — less tasty due to the con­tent of min­er­als, but very good for health min­er­al water. It should be sold in phar­ma­cies and used only as direct­ed by a doc­tor (for the pre­ven­tion and treat­ment of dis­eases).

Testing water “Vista”

Artesian drinking water, purified

Man­u­fac­tur­er: LLC “ViST”, Sverdlovsk region, Sysert dis­trict

The fol­low­ing is writ­ten on the man­u­fac­tur­er’s web­site: drink­ing Arte­sian Water “VISTA” is extract­ed in an eco­log­i­cal­ly clean Sysert region from a well more than 76 meters deep, locat­ed in a for­est, around which a san­i­tary zone of 1 hectare has been cre­at­ed. The water source is pro­tect­ed from exter­nal anthro­pogenic fac­tors, ster­ile con­di­tions are cre­at­ed at the pro­duc­tion site.

Min­er­al­iza­tion — 100–150 mg/l, cal­ci­um no more than 130 mg/l, oxy­gen 5–9 mg/l, mag­ne­sium no more than 65 mg/l, potas­si­um no more than 20 mg/l, bicar­bon­ates — no more than 100 mg/l, flu­o­rides not more than 0.02 mg/l.

The num­ber of the well is indi­cat­ed on the bot­tle. There­fore, we trust the man­u­fac­tur­er. In our taste test­ing, this water took first place.

The testers described it as fol­lows: no for­eign odors, soft, neu­tral, pleas­ant to the taste, slight­ly sweet, quench­es thirst well, it is felt that this is not a dis­til­late.

Aver­age score: 4.8 Price: 24 rubles / 450 ml


bottled water what does it mean

We not­ed that in this sec­tion we will con­sid­er the clas­si­fi­ca­tion of drinks for every­day drink­ing, and not min­er­al­ized, that is, med­i­c­i­nal. They deserve spe­cial atten­tion. This liq­uid dis­charge has a low alka­li con­tent, in fact it has no taste, col­or and smell. It can be drunk dai­ly in unlim­it­ed quan­ti­ties, regard­less of age, the pres­ence of addi­tion­al dis­eases and oth­er fac­tors. Its ori­gin can be dif­fer­ent — it is extrac­tion from arte­sian wells, col­lec­tion from the sur­faces of nat­ur­al reser­voirs, or even bot­tling from a water sup­ply sys­tem. But regard­less of where it comes from, it goes through a mul­ti-stage water treat­ment.

After clean­ing, all drinks can be divid­ed by qual­i­ty (con­tent of impu­ri­ties) into two cat­e­gories:

  • First. It is com­plete­ly safe for health, suit­able for every­day use. The source may be com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent. At the same time, if it is used as an ini­tial resource from the water sup­ply, then traces of chlo­ri­na­tion may remain in it. As you know, treat­ment with chlo­rine-con­tain­ing sub­stances is the most com­mon method of dis­in­fec­tion. But even in this case, the con­cen­tra­tion of chlo­rine is so low that it does not harm health at all.
  • High­er. It is extract­ed from sources that are pro­tect­ed from any neg­a­tive bio­log­i­cal or chem­i­cal impact. The con­tent of impu­ri­ties is more clear­ly reg­u­lat­ed, the most strin­gent rules for ver­i­fi­ca­tion are pre­sent­ed. The require­ments apply not only to the max­i­mum allow­able val­ues ​​of sub­stances (as in the water of the first cat­e­go­ry). Thus, if ini­tial­ly the resource is not suf­fi­cient­ly enriched with min­er­als, then they are addi­tion­al­ly intro­duced into the com­po­si­tion, so a phys­i­o­log­i­cal­ly com­plete liq­uid is obtained, which is ide­al for drink­ing, does an excel­lent job of pre­vent­ing dehy­dra­tion, and also quench­es thirst.

You can also find the inscrip­tion “chil­dren’s” on the labels, that is, intend­ed for use by chil­dren under 3 years old. In its com­po­si­tion, it meets all the require­ments for the high­est cat­e­go­ry, how­ev­er, in addi­tion, it should not con­tain preser­v­a­tives, which are most often used as sil­ver ions or car­bon diox­ide. These com­po­nents can adverse­ly affect the func­tion­ing of the diges­tive tract in a baby. Also, the lev­el of flu­o­rine is reduced, because its con­cen­tra­tion is too high for a small body weight of the child.

Testing Evian water

Natural natural mineral table water

Man­u­fac­tur­er: S. A des Eaux Min­erales d’E­VIAN, France

Min­er­al water from a French man­u­fac­tur­er, who claims that before the water reach­es the con­sumer, it goes through nat­ur­al fil­tra­tion by rocks for 15 years, acquir­ing a unique min­er­al com­po­si­tion. Min­er­al­iza­tion 300–750 mg/l.

Bot­tled straight from the source. This is the most expen­sive water of the pro­posed spec­i­mens.

Dur­ing the test­ing of this water, the opin­ions of col­leagues great­ly dif­fered. Some not­ed that the water was pleas­ant, with­out any extra tastes and smells, while oth­ers argued that the water was sim­i­lar to well-puri­fied tap water. They also wrote that the water is emp­ty, it is dif­fi­cult for her to get drunk, it is a lit­tle sour, sim­i­lar to dis­tilled water.

Price: 119 rubles / 500 ml Aver­age score: 4.0

Composition of bottled drinking water

requirements for bottled drinking water

We all know the H2O for­mu­la from school. But in fact, such a pure com­bi­na­tion of car­bon and oxy­gen does not occur in nature. Min­er­al impu­ri­ties will be found in micro­scop­ic frac­tions, tenths of one per­cent, as well as in con­cen­tra­tion even less. Some of them have a good effect on human health, since they sat­u­rate the body with microele­ments nec­es­sary to main­tain pH (water-salt bal­ance), oth­ers have a neg­a­tive effect, set­tle on the walls of the gas­troin­testi­nal tract and in the organs of the uri­nary sys­tem. Usu­al­ly it is about 50 dif­fer­ent sub­stances. Their com­plete list, of course, will not be indi­cat­ed on the label, but, most like­ly, the con­tent of the main ele­ments will be not­ed, as well as the lev­el of min­er­al­iza­tion — low, medi­um, high. For dai­ly con­sump­tion in unlim­it­ed quan­ti­ties, a liq­uid with min­er­als from 200 to 500 mil­ligrams per liter is suit­able. If you drink 2 liters per day, as doc­tors rec­om­mend, then only from drink­ing water alone you can get 20% of the dai­ly norm of cal­ci­um, 25% of mag­ne­sium, 50–80% of flu­o­rine and 50% of iodine, which is very sig­nif­i­cant for a nor­mal diet. per­son.

Depend­ing on which min­er­al (or their com­bi­na­tion) in the high­est con­cen­tra­tion, the drink is suit­able for the pre­ven­tion and treat­ment of var­i­ous dis­eases.

Ordi­nary drink­ing is con­sid­ered low-min­er­al­ized, since both too high an amount of impu­ri­ties and too low are harm­ful for dai­ly use. But if you can remove the com­po­nents using dif­fer­ent water treat­ment sys­tems, then envi­ron­men­tal­ists are more wor­ried about sources with a “poor” min­er­al com­po­si­tion.

How­ev­er, a hard resource (most often it is tap water with­out addi­tion­al fil­tra­tion) is also not always bet­ter than too soft. It’s bad for every­day tasks. But in bot­tles, hard­ness often attracts con­sumers. The pres­ence of salts makes such a drink tasti­er, it resem­bles mois­ture from a nat­ur­al source.

Rating of high-quality artificially mineralized water for 2021

Drinking water Aqua Minerale still, PET

Options Char­ac­ter­is­tics
Type of Puri­fied
Arte­sian Yes
Pack­ing mate­r­i­al Plas­tic

Coun­try — man­u­fac­tur­er: Rus­sia. Famil­iar from child­hood, high-qual­i­ty, puri­fied, dis­tilled water from Aqua Min­erale. The liq­uid goes through sev­er­al stages of purifi­ca­tion, which allows it to be used for the prepa­ra­tion of var­i­ous drinks and dish­es. Aqua Min­erale can be giv­en neat to both chil­dren and the elder­ly. The cost of the prod­uct is from 38 rubles.

Drink­ing water Aqua Min­erale still, PET


  • Brand qual­i­ty;
  • Net;
  • Quick­ly quench­es thirst;
  • Soft.


Artesian water Nestle Pure Life still PET

Options Char­ac­ter­is­tics
Type of Drink­ing
View Puri­fied
Pack­ing mate­r­i­al Plas­tic

Puri­fied arte­sian water has a spar­ing com­po­si­tion of trace ele­ments and nutri­ents. Suit­able for dai­ly cook­ing of any dish­es. The drink also helps to cope with thirst on a hot day, ener­gizes and gives strength. The aver­age price for a pack of 6 bot­tles of 2 liters is 358 rubles.

Arte­sian water Nes­tle Pure Life still PET


  • Pleas­ant taste;
  • Soft.


  • Not detect­ed.

Drinking water Aquanika “Aquanika Kids” from birth

Options Char­ac­ter­is­tics
Type of arti­fi­cial­ly min­er­al­ized
Pur­pose Chil­dren’s
Pack­ing mate­r­i­al Plas­tic bot­tle

Coun­try of man­u­fac­ture: Rus­sia. The prod­uct test­ed for bac­te­ri­o­log­i­cal analy­sis and ele­men­tal com­po­si­tion showed the best results. “Aquani­ka Kids” can be giv­en to babies from birth. The liq­uid con­tains potas­si­um, sodi­um, cal­ci­um, mag­ne­sium, flu­o­rine, which allows you to replen­ish the dai­ly intake of impor­tant trace ele­ments. Water with nor­mal hard­ness is suit­able for dai­ly drink­ing. The price of one con­tain­er is from 16 rubles.

Drink­ing water Aquani­ka “Aquani­ka Kids” from birth


  • Can be giv­en to a child from birth;
  • Replen­ish­es the body with impor­tant trace ele­ments;
  • Taste.


  • Not detect­ed.

How to choose bottled water by quality

composition of bottled drinking water

MBFT-75 Mem­brane for 75GPD

SF-mix Clack up to 0.8 m³/h

SF-mix Runx­in up to 0.8 m³/h

The main cri­te­ri­on, which is guid­ed by man­u­fac­tur­ing spe­cial­ists, as well as experts in lab­o­ra­to­ries, is clean­li­ness. Every­thing is sim­ple here — the more well the resource is cleaned, the bet­ter it is. And the indi­ca­tor that con­firms this is the con­tent of O2. In a typ­i­cal drink­ing liq­uid, there are on aver­age 1.5 mil­lion oxy­gen par­ti­cles per liter. When ana­lyz­ing efflu­ents (from domes­tic or street sewage), the num­ber of these ele­ments increas­es sig­nif­i­cant­ly — up to 450 mil­lion. There­fore, the greater the oxy­gen sat­u­ra­tion, the more like­ly the spread of liv­ing microor­gan­isms, includ­ing path­o­gen­ic bac­te­ria.

Addi­tion­al­ly, there are sev­er­al cri­te­ria for assess­ing qual­i­ty:

  • taste and visu­al char­ac­ter­is­tics (trans­paren­cy, col­or), as well as the pres­ence of odor, some ele­ments, such as hydro­gen sul­fide, make the liq­uid smell strong­ly;
  • hard­ness, that is, the con­cen­tra­tion of potas­si­um and sodi­um salts — this deter­mines the lev­el of acid­i­ty (pH bal­ance), it should be equal to 7, that is, a neu­tral indi­ca­tor for every­day use;
  • the lim­it­ing con­tent of oth­er trace ele­ments, which is reg­u­lat­ed by the nor­ma­tive act GOST R 54316–2011.

The analy­sis can be com­plex or abbre­vi­at­ed. The sec­ond option is accept­able when the liq­uid is exam­ined at the con­sumer’s request. The first type of ver­i­fi­ca­tion is required in order to approve the launch of a new drink into pro­duc­tion.

Testing Bon Aqua water

Pure drinking water

Man­u­fac­tur­er: The Coca Cola Com­pa­ny

In the pro­duc­tion of bot­tled water, water is used from var­i­ous sources — under­ground wells and cen­tral­ized drink­ing water sup­ply sys­tems.

Cal­ci­um 15–45 mg/l, mag­ne­sium 5–40 mg/l, sodi­um 1–15 mg/l, potas­si­um — 25 mg/l, chlo­rides 30–140 mg/l, bicar­bon­ates — less than 100 mg/l, sul­fates less than 20 mg/l, total min­er­al­iza­tion — 100–350 mg/l

This water is puri­fied in sev­er­al stages, and then enriched with vital macro- and microele­ments.

The testers did not like the taste of this water. They wrote about water like this: some kind of tap water, taste­less, emp­ty, unpleas­ant, there is some kind of after­taste (per­fume), rem­i­nis­cent of water passed through an old fil­ter.

Aver­age score: 3.8 Price: 33 rubles / 500 ml

Types of bottled water: international classification

what is bottled water

This sep­a­ra­tion sys­tem was devel­oped in the USA, but it is fol­lowed by prod­uct man­u­fac­tur­ers around the world. Accord­ing to its rules, there are sev­en types of water resources.


Its extrac­tion takes place in the deep lay­ers between rocks. On aver­age, the depth of the source varies between 35 and 250 meters — it depends on the spe­cif­ic flow of the stream in this place. The process of hydraulic extrac­tion is quite sim­ple due to the fact that the jet comes out under pres­sure. There­fore, often such points are equipped in pri­vate areas.


This is any liq­uid bot­tled that has no taste and smell, as well as var­i­ous chem­i­cal addi­tives in the com­po­si­tion. And if they are (for exam­ple, any essences). then their con­tent should not exceed 1%. sodi­um salts are also a min­i­mal amount, they are vir­tu­al­ly non-exis­tent.

Mineral bottled water — what does it mean

This is not a min­er­al-for­ti­fied drink, but a nat­ur­al one. That is, all sub­stances are in the com­po­si­tion even before the hydro-extrac­tion process. These are sources that can be con­sid­ered cura­tive depend­ing on the con­cen­tra­tion of impu­ri­ties. Usu­al­ly it is from 0.25 mg per 1 liter of mois­ture. Such a per­mis­si­ble per­cent­age is already offered by the Russ­ian clas­si­fi­ca­tion (GOST 13272–88 stan­dard).


This is mois­ture that has been heav­i­ly fil­tered through a reverse osmo­sis sys­tem or through dis­til­la­tion, deion­iza­tion. It is con­sid­ered very soft, per­fect for the oper­a­tion of var­i­ous tech­ni­cal units, but not suit­able for dai­ly con­sump­tion, since it does not con­tain the microele­ments that the body needs at all.

For home cleans­ing, you can use clean­ing sys­tems from. Prop­er­ly select­ed fil­tra­tion equip­ment will remove man­ganese, iron, cal­ci­um, mag­ne­sium, microor­gan­isms, organ­ic residues and sed­i­ment, mechan­i­cal par­ti­cles, odor and dis­solved hydro­gen sul­fide. Drink­ing liq­uid after that will not be harm­ful to the body, and scale on the coils of the ket­tle and heat­ing ele­ments of house­hold appli­ances will no longer accu­mu­late.

Sparkling or carbonated

Even after clean­ing, car­bon diox­ide, or car­bon diox­ide, remains in it, which con­tributes to the appear­ance of bub­bles. A clas­sic soda or seltzer is bot­tled water, while when sweet­ened or fla­vored, it becomes lemon­ade.

SF-mix man­u­al up to 0.8 m³/h

AMETHYST — 02 M up to 2 cubic meters / day.

Aer­a­tion unit AS-1054 VO-90


Its sec­ond name is spring. In fact, it under­goes only mechan­i­cal clean­ing, that is, from coarse con­t­a­m­i­nants, if after the analy­sis it is con­firmed that the com­po­si­tion is suit­able for drink­ing. And for the rest of its qual­i­ties and prop­er­ties, such a resource remains in its orig­i­nal form. Many con­sumers note excel­lent taste.


By the name it is already clear that it is extract­ed from sources of arti­fi­cial ori­gin, puri­fied, and then bot­tled. It is also worth not­ing that this type of liq­uid can be obtained in a pri­vate house if you arrange an indi­vid­ual hydro-extrac­tion point and equip it with a good down­hole fil­tra­tion sys­tem. You can order the devel­op­ment and instal­la­tion of fil­ters on the web­site ovteh.ru. then you will receive pure mois­ture from the source direct­ly through the faucet.

Rating of the best manufacturers

The best drinks are pro­duced by the fol­low­ing com­pa­nies:

  • Donat Mg;
  • Evian;
  • Stal­mas;
  • fiug­gi;
  • Aqua Min­erale;
  • Nes­tle Pure Life;
  • Aquanics;
  • healthy water;
  • Leg­end of Baikal.

The above brands are cho­sen by most buy­ers. The pop­u­lar­i­ty of mod­els is due to the qual­i­ty of prod­ucts. Drinks of these brands have a pleas­ant taste, rea­son­able price, con­ve­nient form of release. Con­sumers note that after drink­ing water, they feel bet­ter, their mood ris­es, exac­er­ba­tions pass faster. Which com­pa­ny is bet­ter to pur­chase goods will help deter­mine the rat­ings below.

Classification by consumer properties

benefits of bottled water

In addi­tion to the usu­al puri­fied drink­ing, which is found every­where in stores, there is also a can­teen. It has an increased lev­el of min­er­al­iza­tion up to 1 gram per liter. There are prac­ti­cal­ly no con­traindi­ca­tions for dai­ly con­sump­tion, but if you are hyper­ten­sive or have oth­er chron­ic dis­eases of the car­dio­vas­cu­lar or uri­nary sys­tems, it is bet­ter to con­sult a spe­cial­ist.

There are also med­i­c­i­nal table and med­i­c­i­nal drinks. They include an increased amount of min­er­als. They can not be used dai­ly, it is per­mis­si­ble to use only for ther­a­peu­tic pur­pos­es and as direct­ed by a doc­tor.

Where does water help us and how?

If a per­son can do with­out food for sev­er­al weeks, then the lack of water already on the sec­ond day threat­ens with dehy­dra­tion. Drink­ing water is con­sid­ered to be a uni­ver­sal sol­vent of nutri­ents. In fact, the func­tions of water in the human body are much wider:

  • reg­u­la­tion of body tem­per­a­ture;
  • soft­en­ing and humid­i­fi­ca­tion of the air in the res­pi­ra­to­ry tract;
  • par­tic­i­pa­tion in the process of con­vert­ing food into ener­gy;
  • acti­va­tion of nutri­ent absorp­tion;
  • removal of tox­ins and waste.

Water is man's best friend

The lat­ter prop­er­ty is used by nutri­tion­ists in weight cor­rec­tion: the cor­rect use of pure water helps to get rid of extra pounds. Read more about it.

Ideal weight and healthy body

Con­trol of the water bal­ance in the body is essen­tial for health and fit­ness. It is espe­cial­ly impor­tant to drink clean water dur­ing exer­cise and weight loss. Going in for sports, a per­son active­ly sweats, and as a result, los­es more flu­id. If any diet is used at the same time, it is nec­es­sary to con­trol the dai­ly water intake.

A nor­mal amount of flu­id in the body pro­motes metab­o­lism, and, as a result, reduces the amount of excess fat. Of course, this prin­ci­ple works in con­junc­tion with prop­er eat­ing habits and phys­i­cal activ­i­ty.

Skin and hair care

Dehy­dra­tion imme­di­ate­ly affects the appear­ance: the skin dries, the hair grows dull. No won­der cos­me­tol­o­gists rec­om­mend drink­ing more pure non-car­bon­at­ed water, espe­cial­ly in the sum­mer.

Com­pli­ance with the drink­ing reg­i­men gives a quick effect:

  • the body is cleansed of tox­ins, the skin acquires a good col­or;
  • the aging process slows down, the elas­tic­i­ty of the skin increas­es, the struc­ture of the hair improves;
  • puffi­ness decreas­es.

Harmony and tranquility

Flu­id defi­cien­cy also affects the men­tal state of a per­son: mood changes, headaches appear, depres­sion devel­ops. This is because harm­ful sub­stances accu­mu­late in the body, and there is not enough flu­id to remove them. To avoid feel­ing unwell and main­tain inner har­mo­ny, it is enough to drink 6–7 glass­es of water a day: they will ensure a good metab­o­lism and the removal of tox­ins.

Classification by ionic composition and useful properties

Depend­ing on which ions are con­tained in larg­er quan­ti­ties, water is dis­tin­guished:

  • bicar­bon­ate — it reduces the acid­i­ty of the stom­ach, helps with heart­burn and oth­er dis­eases of the gas­troin­testi­nal tract;
  • chlo­ride — improves meta­bol­ic process­es in the diges­tive tract;
  • sul­fate — has a ben­e­fi­cial effect on the liv­er and gall­blad­der;
  • mag­ne­sium — has a pos­i­tive effect on the heart;
  • sodi­um — nor­mal­izes blood pres­sure;
  • potas­si­um — helps the kid­neys and the car­dio­vas­cu­lar sys­tem.

Is it possible to make living water at home?

We have long been accus­tomed to using home fil­ters to puri­fy tap water. Purifi­ca­tion from harm­ful impu­ri­ties improves the qual­i­ty and taste of the liq­uid. But car­bon fil­ters are not the only way to clean. Freez­ing of water today is wide­spread and for good rea­son: sci­en­tists rec­og­nize thawed water (struc­tured) as the clean­est and most use­ful water. If desired, every­one can get it at home.

Proven way:

  • dou­ble cleans­ing. Pour puri­fied water into a plas­tic con­tain­er and place in the freez­er. The crust of ice formed on the sur­face is care­ful­ly removed and removed — all harm­ful sub­stances are col­lect­ed in it. Then we freeze the remain­ing liq­uid for ¾ of the remain­ing vol­ume, remove the excess. We get ice for the prepa­ra­tion of melt­ed “liv­ing” water.

We encour­age read­ers to assess the qual­i­ty and quan­ti­ty of water they drink dai­ly. If you are not tak­ing enough flu­id, start grad­u­al­ly replen­ish­ing it to a nor­mal lev­el. And do not for­get that only pure drink­ing water ben­e­fits the body, do not replace it with juices, car­bon­at­ed drinks, cof­fee and tea. Be healthy!

The benefits and harms of bottled water: is it safe to drink

what is added to bottled water

Qual­i­ty prod­ucts assume that the com­po­si­tion of the liq­uid is safer than that of the plumb­ing resource, since it does not con­tain harm­ful microor­gan­isms, and the amount of addi­tives is bal­anced. She is:

  • sat­u­rates the body with the required trace ele­ments;
  • quench­es thirst;
  • suit­able for every­day drink­ing and cook­ing;
  • strength­ens the immune sys­tem and has a pos­i­tive effect on most sys­tems.

A neg­a­tive effect can only affect a few cas­es:

  • when using a low-qual­i­ty prod­uct;
  • if you drink more than the norm every day (1.5–2.5 liters);
  • with indi­vid­ual intol­er­ance to trace ele­ments.

Testing Aqua Minerale water

Purified water from a centralized water supply source

Man­u­fac­tur­er: PK Aqual­ife LLC

The man­u­fac­tur­er on his web­site writes only about what soft water it is. But not a word about its pro­duc­tion. We sus­pect that it, like Bon Aqua, is puri­fied and then min­er­al­ized.

Gen­er­al min­er­al­iza­tion 50–500 mg/l, potas­si­um — 10 mg/l, cal­ci­um — 30 mg/l, mag­ne­sium — 20 mg/l, sul­fates — 100 mg/l, chlo­rides 50 mg/l, bicar­bon­ates — 200.

Good water, slight­ly sour, quench­es thirst well, has some kind of dense taste, sweet, very tasty! This is how the testers described this water.

Price: 47 rubles / 500 ml Aver­age score: 4.4

Truth and myths

There is an opin­ion that since the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion was con­tent with only a water resource, then in our time you can sim­ply drink mois­ture from the tap. This is not true, since over time its chem­i­cal com­po­si­tion has changed sig­nif­i­cant­ly, it has become more aggres­sive to bac­te­ria, and there­fore less suit­able for humans.

Dis­penser main desk­top AquaPro 919H/RO (hot and cold water)

Dis­penser main desk­top AquaPro 929CH/RO (cooling/heating)

Floor dis­penser AquaPro 311 (emp­ty, with­out cool­ing)

Anoth­er myth is that a drink of the high­est cat­e­go­ry should not have a taste. In fact, almost any trace ele­ments leave a slight after­taste. It may be a bit salty, but it won’t hurt the qual­i­ty.

Testing Vittel water

Natural drinking mineral water

Man­u­fac­tur­er: Nes­tle Waters Sup­ply Est, France

Anoth­er French drink.

Nat­ur­al min­er­al water with­out gas Vit­tel is born in the east of France, puri­fied through the vol­canic rock of the Vos­ges moun­tains, the peri­od of pas­sage through the rock lasts from 15 to 20 years. This is how the man­u­fac­tur­er describes the water on his web­site.

Min­er­al­iza­tion 999 mg/l.

Either a fake, or the Urals do not under­stand the taste of pure water. They described it like this: dead water, emp­ty water. They also wrote: melt water, a feel­ing of stal­e­ness. It’s hard to say what’s wrong, but I liked it less than the pre­vi­ous two.

This water is ranked last in terms of taste.

Price: 59 rubles / 500 ml Aver­age score: 3.2

What is added to bottled water during production

what is bottled water

There is a wide­spread belief that in the man­u­fac­ture of the liq­uid is not only enriched with min­er­als if nec­es­sary, but also treat­ed with antibac­te­r­i­al drugs. If such stud­ies are to be believed and antibi­otics are to be feared, then one can switch to fil­tra­tion of the water sup­ply to be sure of the exact chem­i­cal and bac­te­r­i­al com­po­si­tion of the mois­ture.

What kind of water do we use

Not in all regions of our large coun­try, water flows from the tap, which you can imme­di­ate­ly drink. It depends not only on the envi­ron­men­tal shut­down of a cer­tain region, but also on the state of the water treat­ment sys­tem. Many peo­ple do var­i­ous tricky oper­a­tions to improve the qual­i­ty of water. For exam­ple, some­one can treat water with potas­si­um per­man­ganate, some­one freezes and uses it after defrost­ing, and some­one sim­ply boils or fil­ters. Not all of these tech­niques real­ly help to improve the qual­i­ty of tap water. When water boils, it los­es many of its ben­e­fi­cial min­er­als and oxy­gen. You can drink such water, but you should under­stand that many use­ful com­pounds will be lost. You can also col­lect water and let it set­tle for a while. In this case, the liq­uid will lose chlo­rine, and some com­pounds may pre­cip­i­tate. But if your region does not have good water, then it is bet­ter not to resort to this method.

But with the help of spe­cial fil­ters, you can eas­i­ly puri­fy water from unwant­ed impu­ri­ties and com­pounds. Fil­tered water los­es hard­ness and becomes pleas­ant to the taste. You can fil­ter water using var­i­ous jugs, man­u­fac­tur­ers offer var­i­ous car­tridges that have cer­tain prop­er­ties. A fil­tra­tion sys­tem can also be installed under the sink. In this case, it is bet­ter to install an addi­tion­al faucet so that the fil­ter resource is not wast­ed for drink­ing pur­pos­es. There is a third option for fil­ters, which are a spe­cial noz­zle on the tap.

Also, part of the pop­u­la­tion prefers to go to a cer­tain nat­ur­al source and col­lect a rem­e­dy to quench their thirst. These peo­ple mis­tak­en­ly assume that such water will be much health­i­er than the one that flows from the tap. Such nat­ur­al sources can con­tain a large num­ber of harm­ful com­pounds, bac­te­ria and microbes. So you risk ruin­ing your health. There­fore, it is bet­ter to take a small amount of liq­uid from the source and ana­lyze it.

Don’t for­get about bot­tled water. To date, many man­u­fac­tur­ers offer dif­fer­ent types of bot­tled water, such a prod­uct can be both with gas and with­out, as well as have dif­fer­ent tastes. Such a prod­uct is very con­ve­nient to take with you on the road or use at home if the tap water is of poor qual­i­ty.

Requirements for bottled drinking water

Stan­dards against which checks are made:

  • com­pli­ance with san­i­tary and hygien­ic stan­dards — accord­ing to GOST, San­PiN and oth­er stan­dards;
  • pack­ag­ing in plas­tic or glass con­tain­ers that have under­gone ster­il­iza­tion;
  • sale in retail stores, phar­ma­cies with­out pre­scrip­tions for the pur­pose of con­sump­tion by ordi­nary cus­tomers;
  • lack of fla­vor enhancers — oth­er­wise it is already a “soft drink”
  • the allow­able per­cent­age of addi­tives and essences of nat­ur­al ori­gin is no more than 1%.

About products

As part of the rolling study of Roskach­est­vo in 2021, 58 sam­ples of drink­ing water with­out gas, the most pop­u­lar on the Russ­ian mar­ket, were stud­ied. Lab­o­ra­to­ry tests were car­ried out on 98 qual­i­ty and safe­ty indi­ca­tors. The cost of prod­ucts at the time of pur­chase ranged from 20 to 260 rubles.
The vast major­i­ty of goods are made in Rus­sia, while the prod­ucts of Arme­nia, Geor­gia, Italy, Nor­way, Fin­land, France are pre­sent­ed in the rolling study. Accord­ing to the results of lab­o­ra­to­ry tests, the prod­ucts of ten brands meet not only the require­ments of cur­rent qual­i­ty and safe­ty stan­dards, but also the lead­ing require­ments of the Roskach­est­vo stan­dard. All these prod­ucts, with the excep­tion of water under the EVIAN trade­mark, are made in Rus­sia, so man­u­fac­tur­ers can apply for a Russ­ian Qual­i­ty Mark after pass­ing the vol­un­tary cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­ce­dure.

In 2021 stud­ied goods of six brands

of the pre­vi­ous­ly stud­ied, all Russ­ian-made. This is non-car­bon­at­ed drink­ing water pack­aged in plas­tic pack­ages of 1.5 or 5 liters. The pur­chase price of 5‑liter pack­ages is from 70 to 190 rubles, the cost of 1.5 liter water is 20 rubles per pack­age. One of the prod­ucts — Novot­er­skaya water — con­firmed its right to the Qual­i­ty Mark.
Russ­ian qual­i­ty sys­tem stan­dard
The stan­dard of the Russ­ian Qual­i­ty Sys­tem has estab­lished for drink­ing water with­out gas, apply­ing for the Russ­ian Qual­i­ty Mark, tougher (lead­ing) require­ments for the con­tent of harm­ful and poten­tial­ly haz­ardous chem­i­cals, pes­ti­cides and some insec­ti­cides. Stricter require­ments have been intro­duced for the smell of water, the phe­no­lic index of its com­po­si­tion and the hydro­gen index. In gen­er­al, pack­aged drink­ing water, claim­ing the right to be labeled with the Russ­ian Qual­i­ty Mark, must meet the require­ments of phys­i­o­log­i­cal use­ful­ness for water of the high­est cat­e­go­ry (with the excep­tion of cer­tain indi­ca­tors). Prod­ucts that meet the stan­dards spec­i­fied in the STO are enti­tled to apply for the Russ­ian Qual­i­ty Mark. The lev­el of local­iza­tion of pro­duc­tion for the award of the Qual­i­ty Mark must be at least 98%.

The require­ments of the advanced Roskach­est­vo stan­dard are not manda­to­ry for man­u­fac­tur­ers, how­ev­er, prod­ucts that do not meet the spec­i­fied require­ments can­not qual­i­fy for the Russ­ian Qual­i­ty Mark.