There’s no denying that here in the UK we’re exceptionally fortunate to have a multitude of clean water options available to us.
For me, it’s because of this privilege that we should actually appreciate our water and ensure we are good stewards of it. Part of that responsibility should be about what goes into our water and where it comes from.
I’m not talking about debating whether tap water is any better or worse than bottled; like I say, we’re so privileged to have both options so readily available in this country that it’s a waste-of-time debate but I am talking about finding out the differences between the two and then making an informed decision about what we consume.
68% of tap water comes from reservoirs, lakes, and rivers; basically surface water.
Along the way, it can pick up a number of bacteria, industrial pollutants, agricultural runoff, heavy metals and minerals leached from the soil. As a result, it needs to be treated to disinfect the water to kill harmful microorganisms, and remove any minerals or other chemicals.
Typically, tap water, after treatment, contains the following:
- Fluorine compounds.
- Trihalomethanes (THMs)
- Salts of: arsenic. radium. aluminium. copper. lead. mercury. cadmium. barium.
By the time you turn the tap on at home, the water is perfectly safe to drink but at the same time, it also contains a number of ‘extras.’
On the contrary, naturally sourced water has absolutely nothing added to it whatsoever.
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We recently spent time in Buxton at one of the UK’s best natural springs.
Perhaps it’s my nativity, but it turns out that ‘bottled at source’ isn’t just a marketing ploy. In fact, what it means is that the water comes out the ground, along a completely sterile pipe, and into the bottles.
No chemical treatment.
No extra anything.
Just pure water that comes straight from the source.
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Geology takes care of producing such pure and tasty water.
There’s no denying that naturally sourced water has to be one of the purest food & drink products on the market, if not the purest.
We all know that tap water has a set of extremely stringent checks and criteria that must be met in order for the water to be safe for us to drink. Well, naturally sourced water is the same.
These natural water sources are completely protected from pollution and their provenance, often thousands of years worth of heritage & history, is preserved and cherished.
The Natural Source Waters Association’s members make sure the area around their sources are well protected to ensure the quality and integrity of their water remains at the very highest of standards! They ensure that the only kind of treatment for this water comes from rocks; geology in action at its very best!
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Being fortunate enough to stand on top of one of these natural springs really hammered this home.
Please, don’t mishear me, tap water is perfectly safe, but it does seem strange that, as parents, we harp on constantly about the chemicals we give to our children via food & drink and yet, tap water slips under the radar.
We have a completely pure option, with nothing added at all; naturally sourced water.
I’m not about to never drink tap water or allow my kids to never drink tap water again, but from standing on a natural spring, learning about the geological process and learning that the process of going from source to bottle to mouth is entirely pure, I’m definitely going to be using naturally sourced water more in our daily lives, where appropriate.
Here’s the call to action…
Research the closest naturally water source to you, find out about it and think about getting yourself some to try.