It’s a pretty simple idea: bottled water tastes better than tap water because it is free from unhealthy contaminants. But getting the purest water possible can be a challenge. There are two main kinds of contaminants which contribute to poor taste and unhealthy effects in tap water: pathogens and chemical contaminants. These pollutants must be removed to get healthy, tasty water.
Pathogens are bacteria which live in natural water sources, and our filtration process removes common microorganisms like Salmonella and Cryptosporidium. Chemical contaminants may be either organic or inorganic. Organic contaminants include compounds like insecticides and herbicides which have leached into the water. Inorganic pollutants include things like ammonia from food processing waste and heavy metals from motor vehicles. It’s interesting to note that not all chemicals in water are bad for you. Certain minerals like calcium and bicarbonate are naturally present in trace amounts in spring water and lend a clean, crisp taste to the water. Regular drinking water also has minerals added to it for improved taste. For the best tasting, healthiest water, just look for the cleanest with the right balance of healthy minerals – clean water is naturally tasty!
To get the purest water possible, you need to start at the source. Our Spring Water comes from Bear Hollow Springs near Lake Placid, Florida. This water begins as rainfall across the Bear Hollow Basin. As it collects and flows through quartz sands and other rock layers, it becomes naturally filtered – as shown by the low levels of dissolved solids it contains. Our Drinking Water starts at the Country Reservoir in eastern Manatee County and is then purified through a state-of-the-art filtration system.
Once water has been collected from the source, it is time to purify it! Florida drinking water undergoes a series of filtration steps that systematically remove any remaining contaminant. Each filter targets a particular kind of contaminant for maximum effectiveness. Multiple stages of filtration include carbon filtration, micron filtration and particulate filtration. Reverse osmosis is used to separate out unwanted salts and minerals. This process works by forcing water through semi-permeable membranes using extremely high pressures. The pressure passes water through the membrane but leaves minerals behind.
In addition to filtration, our water also undergoes a process called ozonation. During ozonation, ozone (a kind of oxygen) is bubbled through spring or drinking water just before it is bottled. Ozone has the sanitizing properties of chlorine, but leaves no residue and does not cause any taste or odor problems. Within hours of being bottled, the ozone dissipates or converts into breathable oxygen. This leaves just pure water behind. This process is superior to chlorine because ozone quickly dissipates so that none is consumed, while chlorine stays in the water.
Our bottling facilities regularly test the water we bottle to ensure that quality standards are met or exceeded. If this sounds like something you would like to bring to your Florida home or office, contact Water Delivery Florida today!