Water happens to be an essential and the most basic necessity for any human being therefore drinking water plays a vital part in every person’s life. Often while travelling, when at work, or when somewhere away from home, we tend to buy bottled water without once giving it a thought that whether the water that we are buying is safe and clean or not. As it happens to be, no two bottles of water are ever same. Each bottle may contain a different quantity of chemicals and nutrients. The water may also be from a proper filtration plant, running water from a tap or that from a stream somewhere high up in the mountains. Hence, it is extremely important to know how to purchase good bottled drinking water.
Firstly, it is vital for one to decide that how much amount of water and what kind of water he needs to buy. Bottled water comes in a variety of sizes including 1 and 1.5 liter bottles to 1 and 5 gallon bottles as well as other smaller sizes of 0.5 and 0.75 liters. Then different companies have different water contents in their products usually stated on the bottle itself. It is totally up to the consumer to decide what smell and taste he likes and which brand he trusts the most.
Trusting a brand can be a very difficult task as many companies either sell impure water or simple distilled water which is nothing but chemically produced H2O, whereas bottled water should not only be pure and safe to drink but should also be odorless and contain some essential minerals. So, once the contents and the percentage of the minerals and nutrients in the water present are known from the cover it is fairly easy to decide which product is to be brought in preference of nutritional needs or the need of various desirable water contents.
Another problem that may arise is that one might find two or more brands that are purchasable. In such cases it always sensible to look over the quality and cost instead of the brand name. The wise thing to do is to find out what kind of treatment has the water gone through. Are the treatment plants clean and up to the standards or has the municipal system just filled in tap water for sale. Then it is good to see the container in which the water is sold. PET bottles and those with recycling label of 1 are the best options as glass bottles are expensive and hard to find. In the end calculate and look upon the cost per bottle keeping in mind the water and container quality.
After going through all this research and observation, always remember to store bottled water properly as drinking water is the key to a healthy life.
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About the Author: Andrew Reinert is a health care professional who loves to share different tips on health and personal care. He is a regular contributor to MegaHowTo and lives in Canada.