The truth about bottled water

Mineral water. Natural spring water. Carbonated spring water. With so many different kinds of bottled water out there, it can be hard to know the best one to pick. Let’s take a closer look, so you can make the smartest and healthiest choice.

Where is your water sourced? Because we believe in letting nature follow her true nature, Eska natural spring water is bottled instantly at Eska’s source. 

Many waters. Many sources. 

Spring water – comes from an underground water source, not a community supply, and should contain fewer than 500 parts per million of total dissolved solids (TDS). TDS represents the total concentration of dissolved substances in water, which can affect things like water hardness and taste. 

Mineral water – also comes from an underground water source but contains more than 500 parts per million of TDS. Mineral water comes in the form of both still and carbonated. 

Drinking water – comes from any source, usually municipal, and has been purified by distillation, deionization or reverse osmosis. 

Carbonated spring water – contains natural or added carbonation from a spring. It has a lower mineral content than mineral water. Soda, seltzer and tonic water are considered soft drinks, not water. 

Know your water. Always check the label

Educate yourself on terms like “purified water” and “drinking water.” These terms are usually just a fancier way of saying “good old-fashioned tap water.” If the label doesn’t indicate that the source is a spring or well,  it probably wasn’t bottled from one. 

Be sure to check the mineral content too, which can help the determine the pH balance of the water. 

The importance of pH

The pH level of water is a measure of its acidity. 7 is a balanced pH for water, while anything below 7 is acidic. 

Not all water is created equal

In Canada, both tap water and bottled water are subject to federal government regulations. So most of the time, these waters are safe.

There have been incidents where tap or bottled water have been contaminated with bacteria or toxins, some of which can pose serious health risks.

Eska is bottled straight from the source without ozonation, which helps to avoid these risks. 

The latest on plastic bottles

Most bottled water comes in bottles marked with the symbol #1. This stands for polyethylene terephthalate (PET, PETE), a safe plastic that’s free from BPA (bisphenol A). Check the bottom of any Eska bottle and you’ll see that we only use PET #1 and rPET – recycled PET.

Bottled water wisdom 

Plastic is a permeable substance, which means things like oxygen and bacteria from the air can break through. The thinner the plastic, the less of a barrier it creates. And storing bottled water outside in the hot sun or in your garage can even affect its taste.

That’s why Health Canada recommends refrigerating small bottles of water once they’re opened, ideally when you first buy them. And if you have to store it for long periods of time, choose a cool, dry place and be sure to check the best-before date.

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