For the past forty years, our nation has celebrated Drinking Water Week to recognize a vital resource: water. Everyone drinks water, but not everyone enjoys the best drinking water. This blog is dedicated to examining the ways to improve the quality of your drinking water, and to highlight the differences between drinking water that has been filtered or purified. 


Is the Best Drinking Water Filtered, Purified, or Other?

To understand what makes our drinking water both healthy and refreshing, it is crucial to distinguish between water purification, water filtration, and other treatment processes. Water filtration involves passing water through a physical barrier or medium to remove impurities such as sediment, chlorine, and odor while leaving minerals intact. Public water treatment facilities use a range of different methods, depending on the community. On the other hand, water purification techniques remove contaminants, chemicals, and microorganisms from water to make it safer for drinking and is a process that involves either distillation, reverse osmosis, and/or UV treatment. 


The Importance of Minerals in your Drinking Water

1. Filtered Water Features Unwanted Particulates

Water filtration leaves minerals intact. At first glance, this sounds like a good thing, however, there is a downside to simple filtration for drinking water: it does not prevent your drinking water from being contaminated with heavy metals, like lead, or bacteria and viruses. A filter is not a catch-all for different-sized contaminants, and while high-quality filters may catch some unwanted particles, filters themselves can become a breeding ground for bacterial build-up. 

2. Distilled Water is Overkill for Drinking Water

Distilled water is a type of water purification that is less than ideal for drinking. It is produced via distillation, which is a process of collecting water condensation from boiling and steaming. According to Medical News Today, the main risks of drinking only distilled water are linked to its lack of minerals, like magnesium and calcium; lacking such minerals can lead to a decrease in the body’s metabolic functioning and electrolyte imbalance. In addition, distilled water has a flat taste that many people find unappealing for consumption.

3. The Goldilocks Solution to Drinking Water Mineral Content

When it comes to taste and healthful mineral content, reverse osmosis and UV treatment are two means of purification that are known to produce the cleanest, purest drinking water around. Reverse osmosis (RO) can effectively remove even the smallest contaminants, ensuring that your drinking water is safe. Meanwhile, some of the best RO purification systems are equipped with remineralization filters or a boost option to produce healthy and tasty drinking water.


Other Benefits of Purified Drinking Water 

Purification systems have so many benefits, beyond the production of tasteful drinking water. Here are a few bonuses to consider when selecting your drinking water:

1. Benefiting the Environment by Reducing Plastic Production and Waste

Some water purification systems are bottleless and devoid of disposable plastics. Not only does this enhance the quality and taste of drinking water, but it promotes a more sustainable future for the environment, and generations to come. Optimum Water Solutions has already avoided nearly 24 million plastic bottles! Get on board with the eco friendly trend. 

2. Minimizing Storage-Waste and Stress of Maneuvering of Water Jugs

Some water filtration systems require the production, delivery, loading and ongoing storage of 5 gallon water jugs. Those 5 gallon blue water jugs are made of plastic and often sit for long hours in storage before being loaded onto a water dispenser. If you are the lucky office manager overseeing this cumbersome process, the good news is that better alternatives exist!

3. Increased Convenience with Built-in Maintenance Programs for your Drinking Water

Not all purified drinking water solutions are equal, mainly due to the human touch offered by certain companies, beyond their machines doing the purification. Companies that are ¨big enough to get the job done, but small enough to care¨ provide the best customer service to their clients. At Optimum Water Solutions, customers know that when they call, a real voice will answer; with dedicated Account Managers, Customer Service Representatives, and Technicians on hand at all times, clients receive personalized service without the hassle of automated prompts or long wait queues; in addition, the machines are automated to alert technicians without the demands of scheduling maintenance.

4. Increased Savings In Your Drinking Water!

Did you know that going bottleless is more economical? It is true. By opting for advanced, bottleless water purification systems customers are able to save both directly and indirectly in costs when they factor in all of the hassles with storage, lugging and transporting bottles, workman compensation exposures, and reconciling invoices. You have one winning solution for your office morale and bottom line!

In conclusion, both purified and filtered water have their merits, but purified water using reverse osmosis offers an unparalleled drinking experience insofar as taste, health, eco-friendliness, convenience, and savings are concerned. As we celebrate Drinking Water Week, let’s not only appreciate the importance of water but also consider the best methods to ensure its quality and accessibility for all. Everyone deserves clear pure water. Hydrate your team for better performance and offer Optimum clear pure water for optimal productivity! Clearly. Pure. Water.