What is the difference between mineral water and spring water?

mineral water, tap water or spring water?

Natural mineral water, water of natural origin, spring water: a small selection of the terms used to sell the product. but what is the difference between the different types of water?

mineral water versus spring water

There are two points where spring water differs from mineral water. First of all, according to legislation, mineral water must be bottled directly at the source. Secondly, for mineral water, the composition of minerals may not be influenced by the bottling process.

This way the water retains its natural composition of minerals (such as iron, salt and magnesium). For that reason, mineral water is often a bit saltier. Although such requirements do not apply to spring water, it does not necessarily mean that mineral water always contains more minerals than spring water.

The same water

Both spring water and tap water are extracted from natural or underground sources. In 60% of cases, spring water is extracted from the same layer in the ground as tap water. In that respect, tap water is not so different from spring water.

For example, the Keuringdienst van Waarde made an episode last year in which they showed that the spring water of some brands comes from exactly the same source as the tap water. “In Utrecht you just flush your toilet with spring water”, was the conclusion of the Keuringdienst van Waarde.

In the city of Utrecht you are flushing your toilet with spring water.

Teun van de Keuken – Keuringsdienst van Waarde

Why is it called spring water

Both spring water and tap water are extracted from natural, underground sources. In 60% of the cases, spring water is extracted from the same layer in the ground as tap water. In that respect, tap water does not differ from water that is sold as high-quality spring water.

There are no studies that show that mineral water is healthier than spring or tap water. In fact, Dutch tap water is already of the highest quality possible. After all, water companies must meet strict safety requirements by law, in order to supply safe and reliable drinking water.


Choose to drink tap water. If you wish, using a water dispenser connected to the water main: enjoying chilled still and sparkling water.

With made blue you’re contributing to access to clean water for all. We can offer solutions for restaurants, offices and on the go.

tap water is most sustainable

What we know for sure is that tap water is the most sustainable. After all, tap water is bottled locally, while both mineral and spring water have to be transported from the factory to the final destination. In short, drink tap water: it is just as healthy and more sustainable!

Spring water and mineral water require packaging and recycling. Tap water served in glassware that can be washed and reused is way more sustainable.

No spring water in the past

It is actually strange that we all started drinking spring water. In 1950, no one had ever heard of that term. What’s up with that?

This animation from The Story of Stuff Project  once again illustrates how we started drinking spring water when tap water is better, tastier and much cheaper.

the best water for the world

We like to say made blue water is the best water for the world. It may well be the best water for your guest, your co-workers and your business.  We offer the perfect solution to restaurants, offices and on the go.

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