Water School

Are there different kinds of bottled water?

Artesian, spring, well and ground water comes from an underground aquifer and may or may not be treated. Well and artesian water are tapped through a well.

  • Spring water is collected as it flows to the surface, and ground water can be either.
  • Distilled water comes from steam from boiling water that is condensed. Distilling kills microbes and removes minerals, giving water a “flat” taste.
  • Drinking water is simply intended for human consumption and can come from a variety of sources, including public water supplies.
  • Mineral water is ground water that naturally contains 250 or more parts per million of total dissolved solids.
  • Purified water comes from any source but has been treated to meet the U.S. Pharmacopeia definition of purification. It is essentially free of chemicals, dissolved solids, and microbes.
  • Sterile water comes from any source but is treated to meet U.S. medical standards for sterilization so it contains no microbes.
  • Carbonated, seltzer, tonic, sparkling, and soda water are considered soft drinks and are not regulated like bottled water.




The information provided on this site is intended as background on water within the Brazos River basin. There should be no expectation that this information is all encompassing, complete or in any way examines every aspect of this very complex natural resource.

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