Natural spring water vs distilled – what’s the difference and why does it matter?

Consumers have come a long way since the days when they just picked a bottle of water off the shelf. More savvy about health and keener to know the origins of the products they consumer, they have realised that not all bottled water is the same and that the differences between the various options are significant.


Here’s a quick look at the differences between distilled, purified water and natural spring water and why it should matter to you.

Distilled water

It is water, most often from municipal sources, that is boiled and condensed and put through rigorous filtration processes that strip it of contaminants, which is good. Unfortunately, distilled water is also stripped of any natural minerals. This type of water is probably best suited for use in small appliances such as steam irons or hot water urns because there will not be a mineral build-up on the inside as one would have with tap water. Distilled water, although it does hydrate, does not contain any beneficial minerals.

Purified water

It is water, collected from a multiple of sources including rivers, lakes, reservoirs and ground water, that has been mechanically purified to remove all harmful substances such as chemicals and other contaminants. Types of purification include distillation, deionization, reverse osmosis and carbon filtration. Like distilled water, it has its advantages and disadvantages, the advantages being that potentially harmful chemicals have been taken out and the disadvantage being that beneficial minerals may be taken out as well. People with severely weakened immune systems or serious health conditions may benefit from purified water because of the absence of contaminants.

Spring water

It is water that comes from naturally occurring, uncontaminated springs that are characteristically underground or from snow-capped mountains (as evian® natural spring water does). It typically undergoes natural filtering processes that remove debris and kill bacteria and other microbes. Most importantly, the mineral content, such as calcium and magnesium, remains in the water. Consequently, spring water tastes “fresher” or “crisper” than distilled water.

What is the evian® natural spring water difference?

The purification and mineralization process of evian® water takes about 15 years. It starts on the peaks of the Alps where the snow melts each summer and then move, very slowly, through the mineral rich glacier sands of the Vinzier Plateau to acquire its unique mineral balance. These layers act as a sand filled sifter and eventually the water moves through and down the Alps and ends up in the springs in the little town of Evian. The glacier sand is surrounded by clay, which protects the water from pollution. Bottled right at the source, in an extremely hygienic and automated plant, evian® remains completely untouched by man throughout the process.

The low sodium content of evian® makes it ideal for mothers and babies and people on a low sodium diet.

Our conclusion

evian® natural spring water, a natural gift from one of the most pristine places on earth, offers unique qualities and taste. Its nutritional makeup includes naturally occurring minerals such as calcium, chloride bicarbonate, magnesium, nitrate, sodium and sulphates.  It is important to point out that, in contrast to other waters, its mineral composition is stable by nature and does not vary. The French Higher Health Council recognises evian® natural spring water’s beneficial effects on health.

Health benefits of water

  • Maintains balance of body fluids
  • Help control calories
  • Energises muscles
  • Good for your skin
  • Hydrates to improve brain function and energy levels
  • Relieves constipation
  • Helps your kidneys