Apr 19, 2021 - 3 min read
UK tap water, harvested from reservoirs (surface water) and aquifers (groundwater), is of exceptionally high quality. To make it safe to use, the water is filtered and disinfected before entering the mains water supply. After the filtration process, chlorine is added to the water.
Acting as an oxidising agent to microorganisms, whose surfaces are typically negatively charged, chlorine effectively breaks pathogens apart, either killing them or rendering them inactive and unable to multiply.
Purified water is H2O. Nothing else. Just molecules made up of three atoms: two hydrogen and one oxygen.
Pure water has no taste or smell, and it doesn’t conduct electricity.
When water is boiled, almost all pathogens – i.e. potentially harmful living organisms – are killed.
Bacteria that might find their way into the water supply include:
Potentially harmful viruses are sometimes found in mains water supplies. They include:
Waterborne fungal pathogens include:
These are a few examples of the microorganisms that are sometimes found in our water supply.
Very few living things can survive at temperatures of 100°C and above. Therefore, boiling tap water will almost certainly kill any pathogen. Boiled water is sterilised water.
But boiling doesn’t purify tap water.
Although boiled mains water is sterile, it will still contain traces of inorganic material – for example:
Boiling water will not remove metals and minerals. In fact, because some of the water evaporates in the boiling process, the remaining water will contain a slightly higher concentration of inorganic material. Traces of calcium, manganese, magnesium, sulphur, copper, iron, potassium, chlorine, etc. won’t do you any immediate harm, but over a long period of time, the accumulation of these materials can affect your immune system.
Have you ever tasted pure water?
Probably not, because it has no taste.
Yet it tastes delicious!
Every drop of hot, cold, or sparkling water you dispense from an Aqua illi or Aqua Alto tap is pure water. Every bottle you refill from our Aqua Bottling Systems is a bottle of pure water. H2O and nothing else.
Mains water goes through the Aqua Pure purifier five-stage filter system and is subjected to ultraviolet sterilisation, which kills all microorganisms, leaving your drinking water free of all contaminants, with no taste of chlorine.
All water dispensed by Aqua Libra Co systems is purified. Whether you’re drinking a hot cup of herbal tea or a glass of chilled water, you know that it’s pure. If you’re indulging in a sparkling glass of fizz, the water contains dissolved carbon dioxide gas, which is added after purification.
People often ask whether a boiling tap system is expensive.
Operating a mains-fed water-dispense system will drastically reduce energy costs if you’re changing over from kettles and refrigerated bottled water.
The cost of purchasing and storing packaged water, boiling kettles, and the downtime associated with queues is approximately 20 times that of running a water dispenser from Aqua Libra Co. And because our systems handle purified water, there’s no mineral build-up, and therefore no limescale. Zero limescale means energy efficiency and a reduction of around 90% in maintenance costs.
Purified water is good for your health. It’s good for your wallet. And it’s good for the planet.