They often buy bottled water to quench their thirst on the go and are called mineral water. It is easy to use the words "mineral water" and "packed drinking water" as synonyms. But you may be surprised to know that there is a big difference between the two. Here we explain the difference between plant mineral water and conditioning drinking water.
What's the fundamental difference?
The source of mineral water. Mineral water is water that springs from mineral springs and groundwater veins. If it is determined that there is no problem, it will be ozonized. And the mineral water is treated with ULTRAVIOLET rays and sold in bottles. On the other hand, packaged drinking water is taken from various sources such as tap water and well water of local governments, treated by various methods such as filtration, ozone treatment, ultraviolet rays treatment, reverse osmosis membrane (RO) treatment, etc., and then bottled and used.
The cost. Mineral water is more expensive than other waters because of its transportation costs and exclusivity, meaning it can only drink raw. Due to the inferiority rate of raw water, packaged drinking water is non-exclusive compared to conventional categories. In addition, TRS is low due to ease of supply and low transportation costs.
Detailed plant processes
Mineral water plant. Raw mineral water is purified by sand and activated carbon filters. The water is then softened and then passed through a micron filter to produce carbonated water. The bacteria present in the water are then removed using ultraviolet treatment. The rinsed water is then put into the bottle. These are suitable for the operation of mineral water plants.
Packaging drinking water plant: In the conditional drinking water plant, we are now facing some complex operations. This is due to the poor quality of water extracted from ubiquitous water sources. Raw water from the community is stored in water tanks and filtration through a series of sand and carbon filtration processes. After pre-treatment, desalinate the water by removing all dissolved total solids (TDS). Water is then stored and monitored, and TDS is replenished by a "re-mineralization" system.
Microfiltration and UV and ozone disinfection are other processes that can be disinfected with the necessary minerals and salts. The removal of harmful and contagious microorganisms is important for the conversion of water into drinkable forms, which can be achieved through the latter method. Then the product is sent to the packaging management department, bottled, bagged, sealed cans, barrels, and other packaging, the final consumption.
The Market: The mineral water market is related to tourism. Springwater has long been used by locals for drinking, but long before the packaging water industry, the wide availability of spring water was inspired by the Western way of life. They are often sold in upscale hotels and restaurants. High costs also affect the market structure of these products. On the other hand, pure drinking water is readily available in shops and restaurants in various cities. They are cheap, so they produce a lot and sell a lot of brands.