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Different Water Words – What Exactly Do They Mean?

Kid drinking purified water

With so many types of water out there, how do you know what it is that you are drinking exactly? Is it purified water, spring water or filtered water? Well, Biopure, Water for Life are here to help you out on this front so you can make informed decisions about the water you put in your body.   



1.Purified Waters

Purified water is water that has been filtered or processed to remove impurities like chemicals and other contaminants. It is usually produced using groundwater or tap water. Through purification, many types of impurities are removed, including:

  • Bacteria
  • Algae
  • Fungi
  • Parasites 
  • Metals like copper and lead
  • Fluoride
  • Chemical pollutants

Several methods are used to purify water commercially and at home. In Australia, public drinking water has chemicals added to make water safe for human consumption.


However, standards for drinking water around the world vary and are typically based on governmental regulations or international standards. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that over 2.1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water. While purified water has many health benefits, it also has some potential drawbacks. For example, fluoride is a mineral that is added to public drinking water supplies in some countries to improve dental health and reduce dental decay.


Although this practice has led to decreased tooth decay in children, especially in at-risk areas, some argue that fluoridated water is not worth the potential health risks associated with its use. Excessive fluoride levels can be toxic to both brain and nerve cells, and long-term exposure to high levels of fluoride has been linked to learning, memory, and cognitive deficits.

However, experts argue that the level of fluoride found in drinking water is safe and beneficial in reducing tooth decay, especially in children who are only exposed to fluoride through drinking water. Research on the safety and efficacy of fluoridated water is ongoing, but those who drink purified water should be aware that some purification systems remove fluoride from drinking water.


Some other disadvantages of purified water include:

  • May not remove some contaminants: Although water purification systems remove many contaminants, certain pesticides and chemicals may remain in purified water depending on the type of purification used.
  • Cost: buying purified bottled water can be expensive, with some systems costing hundreds of dollars.
  • Waste: Buying purified water in plastic bottles leads to a large amount of waste, as does disposing of used filters from in-home purification systems.

2. Spring Water

A lot of bottled water in Australia is labelled as spring water, but the source of that water is often a mystery.

Bottled water is generally spring water that is from an underground source and may or may not have been treated and purified. Studies have found that some bottled water that has been labelled spring water, has been found to contain contaminants such as arsenic.


Bottled water is more expensive than milk, soft drink and even petrol, so there’s no doubt bottled water has pitched itself as a premium product. In fact, you can buy more than 1,000 litres of tap water for the same cost as a 600 ml bottle of water. But does bottled water trump tap in terms of quality? Probably not. Both tap and bottled water have many carbon-based and mineral contaminants in them. Collective exposure to such contaminants over time can weaken your immune system and cause issues in the body.


Some interesting facts about bottled spring water:

  • Tap water has 1 per cent of the environmental impact of bottled water
  • Bottled water production makes 600 times more CO2 than tap water
  • It can take up to seven litres of water and one litre of oil to produce one litre of bottled water
  • Most water bottles end up in landfill
  • Discarded drink bottles account for 38 per cent of the total world rubbish volume
  • The average cost of a litre of tap water in Australia .001¢
  • The average cost of a litre of bottled water in Australia is $2.83

3.Filtered Water

Filtered water has been put through a filtration process to remove impurities. Filtration involves running the water through some type of filter (usually carbon). This process is very effective at removing contaminants like bacteria, viruses, protozoa like giardia and chemicals like lead, chlorine and sulphate. Water filtration is an effective way to remove contaminants from drinking water and as we see it the best water you can drink.


Biopure, Water for Life has a wide selection of water filtration systems available, including Single Under Sink Filtration Systems, Twin Under Sink Water Filter Systems with bacteria removal, Caravan and Boat Water Filters, Fridge Filters, Shower Filters, Portable Water Filtration Systems such as Countertop Water filters, Alkaline Mineral Water filter Systems, Whole House Water Filtration systems, Four or Five Stage Reverse Osmosis water purification systems with Fluoride removal – to suit your requirements. All of these systems deliver safe, healthy, pure water each and every time.


Biopure offer our customers advice, service, and a range of quality water filter products to suit all needs and specific filtration requirements, and as our water filter systems connect to your mains or tank water supply, you can enjoy pure fresh drinking water every day.  No more bottled water.  We are proud to provide our customers with quality products from a list of world class manufacturers and the best filter cartridges and filtration components available. Get in touch today or check out our online store.

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