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Just like spring water, mineral H2O originates underground, but flows over and through rocks before it is collected and bottled at source. However, it can not undergo treatment in the same way.

The major defining characteristic of natural mineral water is that it must contain 250 ppm of trace minerals to be considered true “mineral” water.

According to UK legislation, it must originate in an officially recognized source that has undergone 2 years of frequent microbiological testing.

The source is protected from all pollution and that the temperature and composition remain stable. The source

must also be subject to continuous testing for years after its original certification. One of the defining characteristics of natural mineral waters is their original purity.

These waters originate from protected underground water sources and must be safe to drink at source, in its natural state, without disinfection or chemical treatment.

Natural mineral water can only come from specific designated sources, such as natural exits or boreholes.

Natural mineral water is defined as water that

  • Is obtained directly from underground sources protected from pollution risks
  • Is characterized by its content of certain mineral salts and their relative proportions
  • Guarantees constancy of its composition and the stability of its flow collected under conditions which guarantee the original microbiological purity and chemical composition
  • Is packaged close to the point of emergence of the source
  • Cannot be subjected to any treatment (except for limited ones such as carbonation, iron or manganese removal)
  • May claim medicinal effects

Official recognition

Each natural mineral water produced in a EU Member State must receive official recognition from that State’s competent national authorities. This named source must then be registered in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Distinctive taste

No two types of bottled waters are the same. Each has a very distinctive taste. The taste depends on the waters’ specific mineral composition, which is related to the geological make-up and the natural environment.

Specific mineral composition

Natural mineral water has a distinctive mineral composition, which always remains stable. The composition depends on the geographic location from where the water is drawn (ranging from a very low mineral content <50 mg/l, to very high >1500 mg/l). Characteristic constituents, represented by the main minerals (such as calcium, magnesium, chloride, sodium, sulphate), give natural mineral water its taste.

Bottled at source

Natural mineral water must be bottled directly at source. This is done via direct, state-of the-art pipeline connections from the source to the bottling plant. In Europe, the transport of natural mineral water in tanker trucks is forbidden. Bottles are designed to protect the water quality and are fitted with a tamper-proof seal. The label must also state the place of origin and the name of the source

High quality

They must meet the highest quality standards and are strictly regulated by EU and national legislation to ensure that natural mineral waters are of proven natural origin, meet the highest quality standards and are protected from any pollution.

Still or Sparkling

Natural mineral water can be either still or sparkling, also known as carbonated water, contains carbon dioxide. This gas may be naturally occurring or may be added. Some mineral waters may claim to provide health benefits.