It’s a well known fact that water is good for you. It keeps your body in balance, helps skin stay supple, keeps muscles strong and flexible, and can even quiet junk food cravings.
However, not all water is equally beneficial. A great example of this difference can be seen when comparing spring water vs Atlanta public water:
SOURCE OF DRINKING WATER
Springs occur due a natural overflow of fresh groundwater. True spring water is captured from a natural, mountain, or artesian spring. Spring water is usually bottled at the source in glass or plastic bottles.
Most municipal tap water comes from surface sources, such as lakes and rivers. For Atlanta, those sources are the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers. Municipal tap water is delivered via a series of pumps and pipes of various materials to taps located around the city.
FILTRATION OF DRINKING WATER
True spring water is minimally filtered in order to only remove harmful impurities while leaving valuable beneficial minerals untouched. Some spring water way be disinfected using the chemical-free ozone, or UV, method.
Municipal water is aggressively filtered and disinfected with chlorine, which can leave behind trihalomethanes (TTHMs)—carcinogenic environmental pollutants that occur as a byproduct when chlorine is used to treat tap water.
HEALTHY MINERAL CONTENT OF DRINKING WATER
Spring water contains several beneficial minerals that occur naturally as the water moves through porous rock to the Earth’s surface. Many of these minerals are required for healthy body function:
Bicarbonate – Bicarbonate, present in all organs and biological fluids, acts as a buffer to maintain a proper pH balance in the body.
Sodium – Sodium, most recognizable when combined with chloride as table salt, serves to regulate water in the body.
Calcium – Calcium, commonly known for bone and dental health, also assists with blood clotting, central nervous system function and muscle development.
Magnesium – Magnesium plays a key role in energy production, nerve signal transmission and control of muscular contractions.
Atlanta tap water may contain traces of beneficial minerals, but most of them are removed during the intense filtration process. Several chemicals can be found in tap water; some are added to increase the health benefits of the water, while others are a byproduct of the disinfecting process:
Fluoride – Tap water in the United States has contained fluoride since the 1940s. It was added as an easy way to prevent tooth decay nationwide. excessive consumption of fluoride can cause digestive and intestinal distress and, in extreme cases, skeletal fluorosis, and weakened bones.
Chlorine – Chlorine is added to tap water to kill off microbes. Once the chlorine has killed off the microbes it leaves behind a chemical that can damage vital cells in the body.
Lead – Lead in tap water is usually a result of the water travelling through corroded old copper pipes on its way to the tap. Excessive consumption of lead has been linked to developmental disorders in children.
PROS AND CONS OF MOUNTAIN SPRING WATER AND TAP WATER
Spring water tastes extremely fresh and has multiple health benefits, but it does cost more than other types of water. It can be purchased in bottles of various sizes, or large bottles can be delivered to your home or workplace.
Although Atlanta tap water is very inexpensive, it lacks the additional flavor and health benefits of spring water and may harbor harmful or irritating chemicals and bacteria.
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