As a prepper it is important that you know what is in bottled water before you purchase a large supply to keep in your emergency stash. While most assume that bottled water is going to be a safe source of drinking water, some manufacturers add questionable ingredients that could put your family at risk. So how do you know which ones are safe and which brands you should avoid?
Don’t rely on the label to give you any clear answers. Many manufacturers like to use the word “purified” to describe their bottled water. However, if you do some research, the water actually isn’t pure at all. While it might start out that way, they add extra ingredients to the water that compromises its quality.
What’s in your bottled water?
Bottled water can contain all kinds of additives. When you think you are sipping fresh purified water, you might actually be drinking baking soda, chemical salt, or small amounts of toxic compounds. Research indicates that some bottled water could even contain traces of arsenic! These are definitely not the kinds of bottled water that you want in your emergency supply. And to top it all off, almost half of manufacturers actually just put tap water into plastic bottles and sell it to you in a pretty package without any type of treatment at all.
So how can you be sure that you get the safest, freshest water for your water? You have to start by understanding the different types of water and what each label really means. If you plan on buying any bottled water for use now or for adding to your emergency supply, this list will help you to decide which one will be the best option.
Distilled Water – This water is named for the process in which the impurities are removed. When water is distilled, it is boiled until the steam is condensed into water. This process ensures that the contaminants are left behind and water is completely clean. If you are looking for the purest form of bottled water, this would probably be your best bet.
Purified Drinking Water – Most consumers choose this option when they are picking up a pack of water bottles at the supermarket. It certainly seems like the best option, after all it is “purified”, but the truth is that the manufacturers may be adding chemicals into the water before it is sealed in individual bottles so it actually might not be pure at all.
Spring Water – Consumers who want water that is not processed should look for Spring Water. When you select Spring Water, you are buying water from a natural spring source underground and in pervious rocks. There are only a few brands that market their bottled water as Spring Water.
Artesian Water – The last type of water that you will see on your grocery store shelves is Artesian Water. Similar to spring water, Artesian Water comes from underground, an aquifer to be exact. The water that comes from this source goes straight into the bottle and to the consumer without being processed at all.
As a prepper, do you really need bottled water?
There is a lot of debate in the preparedness community about whether bottled water is really a good choice for long term storage. While it is really convenient, it might not be that much safer than tap water you could collect straight from your faucets. Ultimately, the choice is up to you.
Do you store bottled water for emergencies or do you opt for a different water supply option?