My whole family at the moment are trying to drink more water. That’s because Debbie Walker, our naturopath has told us that we’re all dehydrated! Apparently, it’s a very common problem. But we’re asking is it worth buying bottled water?

I do drink a fair amount during the course of the day, and eat a lot of fruits and vegetables which are full of water. However I am on the move a lot too and I am conscious of buying throw away plastic. So as a family we decided that yes, it’s worth buying bottled water so that we stay dehydrated, but it is also worth making other changes, so that the plastic we purchase is reduced.

bottled water worth buying

So I’ve dabbled with improving the quality of the water we drink to keep as green as we are able. We installed a reverse osmosis filtering system;  and found a local spring in Surrey. To find a spring near you, check out the website

Water quality is really important so you need to know if your Spring has been tested for purity (ours hadn’t so we had to throw our collected water away!). So I was therefore very interested to read Elwin Robinson’s useful overview on water quality in which he grades different types of water based on the quality. At the top, you have fresh spring water, with no water at all at the very bottom:

1. Fresh, pure spring
2. Pure spring
3. Filtered well
4. Well-filtered
5. Alkaline
6. Distilled
7. Tap water
8. No water

I’ve included edited descriptions of each water type below. There’s also a useful video on Elwin’s website if you’re interested in finding out more.

‘Fresh pure spring water – fresh means you collect it (or have it collected) from a spring. Pure means that spring water has been reliably tested. Preferably the water also has a low TDS count (total dissolved solids) ie it has a low quantity of inorganic minerals dissolved in it because they can be hard work for your organs to process. The purest water is glacial water.Pure spring water – we can buy bottled spring water. Glass bottles are ideal but may not always be available. Make sure it is good spring water and not simply bottled filtered tap water.

Filtered well water – if you have access to a well and can filter it properly, then this can be high quality water, though not as alive as spring water.

Well-filtered water – this is water (probably tap water) that has been put through an advanced filtering system

Alkaline water – some advanced filtering systems can alkalise water. Alkaline water is good for helping to acids out of the body but is less useful for hydration purposes.

Distilled water – like alkaline water this is good for cleansing but not good for hydrating. It’s water that has been boiled and condensed to remove all impurities, so it’s certainly pure but it is also completely dead. Some people believe you can add vitality back in with crystals and salt and so on .

Tap water – nasty stuff, though it does depend on where you are. It’s likely to contain fluoride, chlorine, PCBs, hormone residues and heavy metals, which are all toxic. Water should be flushing toxins out of your body, not putting more in. Some tap water is better, but it’s still toxic to some extent unless you are one of the few who get spring water through the tap. For most of us, it will be waste water that has been through a water treatment plant, but it will be completely dead and is unlikely to have had all of the contaminants removed and will have had some added eg chlorine.

When deciding what water to get, aim as high on this scale as you can. If there’s a spring near you but you’re too busy to go and collect it yourself, could you employ someone to go and collect it for you or take it in turns with a neighbour?

Remember that around 70% of your body is water, and the quality of that water is determined by the quality of the water you drink. That means your peak performance can be maintained by good quality water – and if that means buying a few plastic bottles, when you can’t get to the Spring you’ve found, or when you are travelling, then it is worth buying.’

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