What are the differences between mineral water, spring water and tap water ?
|Natural mineral water||Spring water||Tap water|
|Origin||Ground water||Ground water||Several (surface, rain water, ground water, etc.)|
|Natural protection||Mandatory||Mandatory||Not required|
|Chemical treatments||None||None||Mandatory to make the water fit to drink (addition of chlorine)|
|Mineral composition||Constant by nature||Not necessarily constant||Variable|
|Health claims||Can make claims, depending on its composition||-||Cannot make health claims|
|Known health impact||Beneficial effect on health recognized by the French Higher Health Council||-||Not suitable for use in feeding bottles for new-born babies|
Is it true that more regulations apply to tap water than to bottled water?
Tap water has to be chemically treated to meet drinking water standards. Natural mineral water is endowed with a natural purity and therefore must not be treated. But to be recognized by the health authorities (DDASS in France) as a “natural mineral water” it must undergo certain tests nevertheless.
Can I drink natural mineral water every day?
Natural mineral waters with a low mineral content like Wattwiller can be drunk every day by all family members. With natural mineral water you won’t have any unpleasant surprises or a risk of impurities and food security is guaranteed. Water with high mineral contents should be drunk occasionally, alternating with other types of water, in order to take a surplus of particular minerals when necessary, for example to compensate for a temporary deficiency.