Great question! If you’ve ever thought about what’s in your Northeast Indiana area water you might have also wondered what’s in the bottled water at the store and what are the best bottled water brands to drink.

Let’s talk about the reasons behind drinking bottled water vs the water you already have at home and then dig into things to look for when purchasing the best bottled water brands and alternative options you may not have considered before.

Bottled Water vs. Tap Water

Most of us in the United States have running water in our homes. We’ve grown up bathing in it, cleaning with it, drinking it, cooking with it, washing our clothes and dishes with it, etc. without giving it another thought. We know the water goes to a water treatment plant (if you’re on city water) to make our water “safe” and then back to our homes to use.

Types of Tap Water

City Water

If you’re on city water, the water treatment plant takes out all of the harsh chemicals and minerals we shouldn’t consume, right? We hate to break it to you, but that’s not necessarily the case.

Water treatment plants are only required to test the water for certain types of contaminants and minerals and control the levels of those contaminants to a certain extent. They also add some chemicals back to the water – sometimes fluoride (to help reduce tooth decay), coagulation, and flocculation (to trap impurities).

After they’ve taken things out and added things back in, the water is then held in a storage tank or underground aquifer where it waits to travel through miles of piping, finally arriving at your place of residency. Can you imagine how old some of the pipes are leading back to your house? The cracks in the pipes and rust allow minerals and contaminants to get right back in your water stream on the way back to your house. Yikes!

So what about well water? That’s just water, right?

Water from a well isn’t always the safest water to drink either. Just like city water, contaminants, heavy metals, and harsh/natural minerals can also come into the well water supply. That’s why it’s always a good idea to get your well water tested (and you can have that done for free!). Well water can be unpredictable and what’s in it can change from day to day.

Water Problems

A lot of people know their water isn’t safe to drink. That may be why you’re reading this article in the first place. Maybe you have orange or brown-tinged water, bad tasting water/bitter taste (or it just doesn’t have the smooth or crisp taste you prefer), water that dries out your skin or makes it itchy, or maybe your water smells bad and you’re trying to find a solution. Keep in mind that water should look like nothing, taste like nothing, and smell like nothing. So if the water at home is not safe to consume, what are my options, you ask?

First, let’s dive in deeper with bottled water and talk about determining factors in finding the best bottled water brands then, let’s talk about water filters and reverse osmosis systems, so you can consider all of your options.

Bottled Water Brands

At your local bottled water supplier (ie. gas stations and grocery stores), you can usually find a pretty wide variety of bottled waters to choose from including Evian, Mountain Valley Spring Water, Fiji Natural Artesian Water (Fiji Water), Ice Mountain, Deer Park Natural Spring Water, Mountain Valley, & Pure Life Purified Water. Some of them are naturally filtered (running over volcanic rock, lava rock, or “ancient rock”) and some of them are purified, while others are just spring water. What’s the difference?

Make sure you read the labels

While some people claim that bottled water flat out provides better-tasting water, a blind taste test can show that at home RO water can taste just as good, if not better (and without all the contaminants and plastic that typically come with bottled water brands). Make sure you’re not just grabbing whatever label looks best. You need to know the contents of your water and check out all of the specifications.

Types of Bottled Waters

Filtered Naturally/Purified Naturally

Naturally filtered water can mean a variety of things but typically involves the water running over some sort of volcanic rock. While volcanic purified water can remove some contaminants, it’s still ground water that hasn’t been fully filtered. Some of these water bottle brands include Waiakea Hawaiian and 420 Volcanic.

Filtered Water

Filtering water does not remove all of the contaminants that may be present, though a water filter can reduce the amount of sediment and contaminants in the water via a water filtration process. It also cannot completely remove chemicals such as fluoride or chlorine without a drinking water system. Simply put, it doesn’t necessarily make water safe enough to drink, even though it tends to make our conscience feel better about drinking it.

Dasani is a well-known brand of filtered bottled water brand. The U.K. removed Dasani from all of the stores in its country, because of the amount of bromate found in their bottled water. Bromate is known to increase cancer risk. Now, Dasani claims to use reverse osmosis for their water with minerals added to it for taste.

Purified Water

Purified water by definition is water that has been mechanically filtered to remove impurities and make it suitable for use. Suitable for use is the key phrase here and can mean a variety of things to different brands with different marketing goals. It doesn’t necessarily mean that all impurities have been filtered out, it just means they filtered out whichever impurities they wanted to filter out. 

Mineral Water/ Naturally Occurring Minerals/ Naturally Carbonated Water

Mineral water is water from a mineral spring that contains various minerals, such as salts and sulfur compounds. Mineral water may be still or naturally carbonated. People who prefer mineral water typically do so because of the mineral flavor the water lends and the healthy minerals people tend to believe purified water to be void of.

Ionized Alkaline Water/ Naturally Alkaline Spring Water

Naturally Alkaline Spring Water from brands such as “Eternal Alkaline Natural Spring Water” and “Flow Alkaline Spring Water” naturally has the pH of alkaline water because it’s been exposed to rock with certain mineral profiles in them. Ionized Alkaline water that has been mechanically treated is most often water that’s been exposed to a post-filter media that introduces minerals back into the water.

Both can be good types of water but both do not guarantee that all contaminants have been removed from the water. And, while many may claim that alkaline water has health benefits, the research says otherwise and classifies alkaline water as a neutral source of health & nutrition benefits.

Natural Electrolytes/Added Electrolytes

Naturally occurring electrolytes are found in foods that contain minerals such as calcium, potassium chloride, magnesium sulfate, sodium bicarbonate, phosphate, & magnesium. Added electrolytes come are usually from minerals come in some sort of powder form. You can add electrolytes in your own home simply by adding a pinch of salt.

Electrolytes become positively or negatively charged when they enter your bloodstream. Once charged, they can conduct electricity (move electrical charges/signals throughout your body). These electrical charges are critical to the operation of many parts and functions of the body.

Vapor Distilled Water

Vapor distilled water is a specific type of purified water that is created using a specialized heating process. The water is purified of extra molecules and particulates and is considered one of the “cleanest” forms of water. However, vapor-distilled water does not occur naturally and can only be created by a lab.

While distilled water may be good for running mechanical items in your home, due to its lack of a mineral profile, it is not the best water for human consumption – at least not as your only water source. An example of a distilled water brand is Poland Spring.

Sparkling Water

Sparkling water, or carbonated water, is water infused with carbon dioxide gas under pressure. This produces the popular bubbly base for sparkling water, club soda, soda water, seltzer water, and fizzy water.

For people who like to drink soft drinks or alcohol and are trying to curb their bad habits, sparkling water is a great option. And the good news is, while it may feel drier in your mouth, it is not less hydrating than any other water, despite the myths that carbonation dehydrates you.

Flavored Water

Flavored water comes in a slew of different profiles. Some are heavy with sugar and artificial flavor while others have zero sugar and just a hint of flavor. Most of these waters start with a tap water base with no contamination removal claims and focus solely on what’s been added. One such popular brand of flavored water is Hint bottled water.

Reverse Osmosis Water

Reverse Osmosis (RO) water uses semi-permeable membranes to reject dissolved solids (and other contaminants) as well as multiple stages of water filtration to reduce contaminants, eliminate odors, and improve water tastes.

RO water can remove up to 99% of dissolved solids and harmful contaminants found in the water supply. This is how bad water can become clean from things like fluoride, chlorine, e. coli, pesticides, PFAS, etc. Its job is to remove everything from the water.

Natural Spring Water

Spring water is, simply put, the same as tap water. It may be labeled as natural spring water but it’s still just city water (even if it’s from a different city or state than where you may live). Great marketing may say “Bottled Directly” but it’s still coming out of a tap.

Think about it – where does your city water come from? The water we drink from the tap comes from “the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to” and groundwater. Beware of water marked as 100% natural spring water. You might as well go pour yourself a glass of tap water from your own sink.

Brands like Aquafina, Ozarka, Ice Mountain, and Poland Spring (owned by Nestlé) boast “100% natural spring water” on their labels. Nestlé Pure comes straight from a local water source as well.

Public Water Source

Another thing to look for on the label of bottled water packaging is “PWS”, which means Public Water Source or, in layman’s terms, tap water in a bottle. Aquafina, owned by PepsiCo, has “PWS” on its label.

Bottled Water Regulations

Keep in mind, that all bottled water on the shelves must meet FDA requirements. However, certification for bottled water is not provided by the FDA or by the EPA either. There are companies who literally take local municipal city water, bottle it up, place a nice label on it, and sell it in the stores. Can we see that the regulations are not as tight on water quality as one would think they should be?

What about the chemicals from the plastic bottles the water is in?

According to Tasting Table, there was a study completed in 2018 of 259 different types of bottled water. The research showed contamination from microplastic synthetic polymer particles in 93% of those in the study. And while you can purchase water in glass bottles, the cost can be prohibitive.

Now that you know what to look for with bottled water, is there a better option? And what about alkaline water AT HOME? Glad you asked!

Did you know you can get reverse osmosis water with a small system that fits right under your kitchen sink and creates bottled water quality (or better) water right at your tap?

Not only can you have as much delicious, pure water with a crisp and clean taste at your home as you want, whenever you want, but you can also save money in the long run and skip worrying about whether the water comes in BPA free plastic bottles, BPA free bottles in general, or recycled plastic.

Your local water dealer Tri-County Water can come to your home or business to provide a free water test, walk you through the filtration process, present all of your options, answer any questions you may have, install, and maintain your drinking water system for you. 

They can also test the pH level of your water and recommend whether you could use an alkaline water system to bring your pH level up to the desired level for drinking. Most water treatment dealers also have alkaline solutions available, so you can add a post RO alkaline filter or an ultraviolet light (if it makes sense for you). To learn more about the options we have, click here.

If you’d like to see what the known contaminants are in Northeast Indiana areas, click here.

More Information

Tri-County Water was founded in 1966 as a water treatment company offering bottled water delivery and has been offering the best commercial and residential water softeners, ro systems, water filters, and more for decades in the Kendallville area. We’ll give you a free water analysis and figure out the ideal water treatment system for your home or office application. We carry water softeners, filters, and RO systems from Ecowater, Hellenbrand, Clack, & Hans , and have everything from high-quality affordable options to the highest tech items that can connect via wifi. Give us a call for a free consultation today.</p>

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Kendallville is a city in Wayne Township, Noble County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 10,205 at the 2021 census.


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Paul Walb
Paul Walb
11:47 20 Jun 24
Tri County Water has been working with us for several years... now. They have good service, account managing, and delivery. Overall I would recommend them to anyone in need of this type of more
Keith Geise
Keith Geise
16:33 05 Jun 24
Delivered salt when they said they would. Delivery person... was very helpful and more
Lights Reese
Lights Reese
17:41 20 May 24
When I called on 5-13-24 the lady said yes that they... service my Marlo water softener & I was scheduled for service on 5-15-24. On 5-15 I received a call for Jeff (a sales associate) tried to tell my softener was old & media was cheap & wore out. So I called the office they rescheduled me for 5-20-2024 between 9am & noon. So today the service technician (Dave Watts) showed @ 11:48am serviced, reprogrammed the unit & regenerated the unit and said he thinks it good to go. The service technician was great but the other people gave me the more
Sarah Ghast
Sarah Ghast
17:55 09 May 24
The installers are very knowledgeable, they pay attention... to details, they go the extra mile. The installers were early, waited on me, you don’t see early often!! My sales rep wasn’t sure if they could find a way to run the lines, they were creative, thoughtful, considerate of my property. The installers worked well as a team. The installers had great time management, cared about my cats so they didn’t get trapped in the crawl space, that was so kind of them. The installers explained exactly what they did, how the lines were ran. They were very thorough explaining the app and water system to me. The installers were patient and friendly with me while I was completing the paperwork. I feel I had the best installers this company has, they trouble shoot, solved problems unique to my home and got me taken care of!! These installers are unique, we all know how work ethic has become this day and age, they showed up to find away to ensure me as a customer!! I’m so grateful!! I want the health of my family first!! These installers really show customers the quality you’re getting when you go with Tri-county water equipment!!read more
Robert Renfroe
Robert Renfroe
16:13 08 May 24
Fast and great service!
Thomas Havens
Thomas Havens
21:10 07 May 24
Job done quickly and installation neatly done. The tech... did a great job explaining the iron filterread more
Karen Soldner
Karen Soldner
20:38 06 May 24
Service was prompt and professional. Your technician... quickly determine the problem and used the warranty parts sent to me earlier to correct the issue could not be happier with the service and will recommend you to my more
Brian Baker
Brian Baker
18:51 16 Apr 24
Everyone that I have had contact with at Tri County Water... has been very friendly and professional. The experience of buying a softener and having it installed was what you would hope for - quick and easy. Thank you very more
Dennis Stark
Dennis Stark
14:44 10 Apr 24
Technician was very helpful, reprogrammed the water... softener and was professional. I would definitely recommend David Wattsread more
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Barbara Kunberger
17:35 04 Apr 24
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Kathleen Bonar
Kathleen Bonar
14:47 04 Apr 24
They were very efficient and polite
Cathy Parish
Cathy Parish
20:03 02 Apr 24
This is the 2d time Jeff (I think that's his name) has... delivered to us. Have to tell you, it's not easy at all to get the salt to the basement where the softener is. I struggle with one bag but he managed well. Not saying it wasn't a struggle but he was still smiling when he was finished. What a pleasant young more
Elizabeth Wright
Elizabeth Wright
22:36 29 Mar 24
So very happy with my new Water Softener. Matt the salesman... arrived yesterday, I was impressed with the explanation and the system. And, it was installed the next day. Brandon and his side kick (sorry did not get his name) were so professional and showed me what I needed to know and know their job.Love the warranty and that this is a family run business.Highly recommend!Thank you Tri-County Water 💦read more
Greg Kenline
Greg Kenline
13:40 21 Mar 24
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Julie Vanscoder
15:35 20 Mar 24
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Counties Kendallville is in/near:

Noble, LaGrange, Elkhart, Allen, De Kalb, Steuben

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