Explaining the Differences Between Spring, Mineral, and Distilled Water

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It can be confusing to wade your way through the different types of bottled water that you might find available at the store and on restaurant menus. From spring water to mineral water to distilled water, have you ever found yourself simply confused at the difference?

Here is your guide to spring, miner, and distilled water and their similarities and differences.


Springwater originates from an underground water source that is collected when it reaches the earth’s surface. It hasn’t been treated by any man-made processes, but it still is tested for health and safety before being bottled and sold. It usually contains trace minerals.

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Mineral Water

Mineral water is similar to spring water in that it is collected from a natural underground water source. However, it contains higher amounts of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and sodium. It can be treated to remove harmful minerals that affect taste such as iron.

Distilled Water

Distilled water differs from spring and mineral water in that it comes from municipal water sources that have been treated to remove microbes and pollution. It isn’t any “dirtier” than mineral or spring water, it’s just undergone processes in order to ensure its cleanliness.