If water is the essence of life, it is vital to rehydrate with the cleanest option available. Despite tap water having an environmentally smaller footprint than bottled water, it contains traces of fertilisers, pesticides, hormones, and medical drugs that are anything but good for our health.
One main purpose of drinking water is to transport nutrients into and cellular waste out of the body. The purer the water, the better it is capable of dissolving nutrients from food, transporting them to the right places in the body and freeing us from toxins and waste products.
Unfortunately, the environmental impact on our groundwater has increased dramatically in the last years. Industrial waste water, softeners, nitrates, pesticides and microplastics cannot be removed completely by sewage treatment plants. Despite the relatively high requirements imposed by drinking water ordinances, substances that do not belong in drinking water are still found in analyses. Clarification and waterworks are unable to work with filter systems that offer what consumers need in terms of quantity and quality.
Filtered and enriched by nature
Water directly from the source would be the most natural way to supply drinking water, but even spring water does not stop at environmental pollution. The higher up a source is located, the greater the probability that it is actually pure water. During evaporation, the ingredients separate from the water. In the atmosphere, therefore, clean water joins together into clouds and falls back to earth in the form of rain and snow. But even the raindrop or snowflake can accumulate pollutants, for example if air pollution in a region is particularly high.
In the mountains, however, it is more likely to be enriched with minerals that dissolve from the rock and accumulate in the water. Since almost all substances dissolve in water at least at the atomic level, it depends on the environment which substances and pH-value the water ultimately contains.
Artesian springs, where the water presses itself to the earth’s surface by its own power, appear to provide the cleanest water. These aquifers lie 100m or deeper under ground. The water arrives there after a sometimes decade-long journey, beginning as raindrops in the mountains above, then filtering through layers of rock. In areas such as the Austrian Dachstein area, glacial moraine further protects the aquifer from pollution.
One company bottling the water from the Dachstein well is Hallstein. The ideal mineral make-up, low sodium, high level of dissolved oxygen, and high pH value (8.3) help the body reduce acidity and rejuvante itself. Hallstein artesian water rises to the surface naturally, and is bottled without pumping or additional pressurisation. No filters, heating or other treatments are applied, and nothing is added or removed. The company uses only Tritan BPA-free 5-gallon (19-litre) bottles, which are recycled after use.
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