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There are few industries which require as much need for purified water than the bottling industry. Our history working within this industry shows us that most beverage companies have their own standards in regards to the level of water purity required for the production of their soft drinks. 


Beverage bottling usually starts with municipal tap water, coming right out of the water sources from the cities where the plant resides. Tap water like this is certainly drinkable, but usually has an element of hardness, or deposits of heavy metals (usually from the pipes that transport the water) that detract from the taste. Water softening and reverse osmosis are perfect for creating pure, potable water.

The process that beverage companies use for their soft drink production starts with attaining a huge sample of purified water. After this begins the mixing of carbon dioxide, sugar, food coloring, syrup, minerals, and other metals to formulate the soft drinks that we recognize today. In the end, the final solution is packaged inside closed bottles or cans and sent to their own specific destinations. Contrarily, alcoholic beverage companies go through a slightly different process, which includes the involvement of yeast, grains, and some fruits to yield alcohol. Due to how simple beverage bottling is for most companies, it tends to occur mainly in small businesses.

Tap Water Vs. Bottled Water:
Contrary to popular belief, "mountain fresh" or "spring" water also come from the same sources as the tap water in your sink. Why does it taste so much better than tap water, you may ask? Bottled water, believe it or not, goes through the same process as any soft drink. The municipal tap water is purified (ideally with a reverse osmosis system, softener, or sterilizer), making a "blank slate" for the company to work with, and then rather than adding syrups and sugars, bottled water goes through a bit of a different process.

The Best Tasting Water:
Companies that make bottled waters send experts in the environmental industry out to regions where the water tastes fresher than our tap water, such as clear rivers, freshwater lakes, and mountain waterfalls as examples. The experts take small samples of the water in these areas and meticulously test and calculate the mineral and metal contents of this water, creating a recipe of sorts to replicate the taste. Then, once they have instructions on how much of what minerals and metals to add, the process becomes just like any other soft drink, dissolving these substances in the water and then bottling them for shipping.


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