There are many myths and misunderstandings about different types of water – After all, it’s just water right? Well, actually there are some clear distinctions when it comes to natural source water. Did you know that all natural source waters are abstracted from a protected underground source? The water is untreated and does not go through chemical filtration or disinfectant processes.
In addition, each natural source water has a unique character and composition. The rock strata within each aquifer determines the mineral composition of the water that passes through it, which explains why there are so many different natural source waters! Harrogate Spring water is abstracted from an underground aquafer below the beautiful Harrogate Pinewoods. Our unique source draws from the protected surrounding catchment area, comprising Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation and the Birk Crag Nature Reserve.
So, how is natural source water different to purified or tap water?
Naturally sourced waters (mineral water and spring water) must originate from a natural, protected and specific underground source, be bottled at source AND be microbiologically safe to drink without treatment.
Producers of natural source waters are stewards of the land and because these natural waters must be free from contamination, the aquifers from which they are drawn must be unpolluted and the source protected! Bottled drinking water, sometimes known as table water or purified water, is drinking water which is bottled, and is neither spring water nor natural mineral water. It can come from a variety of sources, including municipal supplies.
Tap water has to be chemically treated to make it safe and for this reason many people prefer the taste and purity of natural source water, which is naturally safe to drink.
As a founding member of the Natural Source Water Association, Harrogate Spring are dedicated to communicating the facts about hydration and encouraging everyone to hydrate in the healthiest way possible. Check out this great video by the NSWA!
We’re proud to stock UK shelves with our natural source water.
Removing it as an option will result in greater consumption of unhealthy drinks, adding to the health dangers of diabetes and tooth decay. We’re fortunate to have safe tap water AND to also have wonderful natural source waters, offering consumer choice and an alternative to unhealthy beverages.
We support improving access to tap water; however, this should be in addition, not a replacement to, supplying bottled spring water! Water is the healthiest way to hydrate and 44% of consumers said that they would buy a different (most likely sugary) alternative drink if bottled water was not available. At a time of rising levels of obesity and when all public health messages are encouraging regular hydration, we should not be discouraging consumers from choosing water, but embracing all our amazing natural source waters! For more information please head the NWSA website