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Decoding the labels on bottled water

Bottled water can come from any source. Here's a quick reference guide.

Mineral and spring water
This must come from an underground source (not a public water supply) and can't be altered with chemicals. Mineral water has a higher amount of dissolved mineral salts.

Bottled water
This can be water from any source, distilled, carbonated or treated in any manner.

Artesian water/Artesian well water
Bottled water from a well that taps a confined aquifer (a water-bearing underground layer of rock or sand).

Sparkling water
Water that has been carbonated. Soda water, seltzer water and tonic water are not considered bottled waters.

Glacial water
Water from a source directly from a glacier.

Natural water
Water(such as spring, mineral, artesian or well water) obtained from an approved underground source and not from a municipal or public water-supply system. This water is untreated other than by filtration.

Purified water
Water produced by distillation, de-ionization or reverse osmosis, which contains not more than 10 mg/L of total dissolved solids.

Your View

I agree with former premier Peter Lougheed that water is more important than oil. With agriculture using 70% of the surface water, we need to develop a policy that will decrease this usage over a reasonable period of time.

Ron Esch, Calgary

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