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What’s the Difference Between Filtered Water and Purified Water?

With so many different water filtration and purification systems on the market, it can be really confusing to know what in the world the difference is between filtered water and purified water. You’re probably wondering which one is better or if they provide the same benefits. Or maybe you’ve read so much conflicting information that you feel like throwing out your water bottle and just going back to tap water! Please don’t do this.

We understand the frustration and want to provide some clarification. Although both types of water offer health benefits and rid drinking water from certain impurities, there are some significant differences between filtered water and purified water.

The Gist of Filtered Water

Water filtration systems work to remove sediment and unwanted substances, such as chemicals and toxins, from water. A filter will improve the taste and odor of water, as well as reduce the presence of certain contaminants found in water. They also inhibit further development of bacteria, algae, and fungi, but are not the solution to getting rid of bacteria and viruses.

The Gist of Purified Water

Water purification systems remove 90-95% of all contaminants in water, including bacteria and viruses, to produce water that’s pure enough to consume. Examples of substances that are removed during the purification process include:

  • Parasites
  • Bacteria
  • Algae
  • Viruses
  • Fungi
  • Toxic metals such as lead and copper
  • Man-made chemical pollutants, including trace pharmaceuticals

Water purification not only removes these harmful substances, but often removes substances that are safe to ingest, but that negatively affect the smell, taste and/or appearance of water.

Filter or Purifier?

The key takeaway is that filters are good at removing a small spectrum of toxins. They are not, however, designed to do the heavy lifting of removing bacteria and viruses like purifiers do.

Ideally, you want a system that uses a good combination of filtration and purification to ensure the best possible drinking water. Primo Water’s purification process includes both filtration and purification components, leaving you with water that is of the highest quality and that truly tastes great.