How is Aquafina® purified?
Aquafina® originates from public water sources and is then purified through a rigorous, seven-step process called HydRO-7™. This is a state-of-the-art process that includes reverse osmosis and other filtering and purification methods. It removes things like chlorides, salts and other substances that can affect a water's taste.
Every bottle of Aquafina® is produced at one of our water purification centers through the HydRO-7™ process. That's how you know you're getting pure water and perfect taste consistently every time you open an Aquafina®. Anytime, anywhere.
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How does Aquafina's purification process differ from other brands of bottled waters?
While other brands of bottled water may also have similar purification steps such as reverse osmosis and ozonation, Aquafina® has an extensive purification system which involves seven separate steps that together work to deliver pure Aquafina®. At Aquafina®, we understand that when you pay for bottled water, you expect consistent purity and great taste. That's why Aquafina® has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in purification processes and exceeds purity standards set by the federal government.
Reverse osmosis (RO) uses semi-permeable membranes with smaller pore sizes than microfiltration, ultrafiltration and nanofiltration to remove unwanted substances in the water, like sodium and chloride.
Does Aquafina's purification process remove beneficial substances?
Aquafina's purification system is designed to remove trace compounds like carbonates, bicarbonates, chlorides, sulfates, phosphates, nitrates, calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, iron and manganese. These compounds are also referred to as Total Dissolved Solids (TDS). While some of these compounds, like calcium and potassium, are necessary for your body, their minute levels in most bottled waters have no impact on health. Therefore, we remove these compounds to deliver a more pure water.
What is the difference between spring water and purified water?
Spring water is derived from an underground formation from which water flows to the Earth's surface. While spring waters are treated to remove bacteria and possible contaminants, most spring waters retain many of the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), trace compounds and other substances found in the water.
Purified water is sourced from water systems that provide safe drinking water and are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This water is then taken through purification systems designed to remove substances according to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards. Aquafina's state-of-the-art HydRO-7™ purification system employs standards that are even more stringent that those set by the FDA. Aquafina® delivers pure water with perfect taste. Every time.
More info on Total Dissolved Solids (TDS):
TDS is the sum of all solids dissolved in water measured in parts per million (ppm) Examples of substances that can account for TDS include carbonates, bicarbonates, chlorides, sulfates, phosphates, nitrates, calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, iron, manganese, and a few others.
A TDS meter is used to provide a reading of the dissolved solids in water. FDA guidelines require that bottled water, excluding mineral water, contain no more than 500 ppm TDS. For a bottled water to be labeled "purified," it must have TDS of no more than 10 ppm.
Aquafina's average TDS reading is 4 — that's 2.5 times lower than FDA standards and 75% less than the closest competitive brand.
Where is Aquafina® produced?
There are more than 40 Aquafina® purification sites throughout the United States and Canada. Each facility is equipped with the state-of-the-art HydRO-7™ purification system designed to deliver you the purest water.
Does Aquafina® remove the substances like bacteria or gaseous compounds?
Our state-of-the-art HydRO-7™ purification system is designed to remove dissolved solids and organic compounds that may be present in the water.
The reverse osmosis process we use removes these organic compounds, but we also employ other steps such as carbon filtration, ozonation, and Ultra Violet (UV) light as additional safeguards.
Does the Aquafina® purification process remove pharmaceuticals?
The Aquafina® purification process uses the best technology available to purify water. It is an accredited and validated process that meets or excedes government standards and has been verified by independent experts.
The seven-step HydRO-7™ process includes reverse osmosis, ozonation and carbon filtration. Each of these steps — even individually — is designed to remove manufactured molecules such as pharmaceuticals, as well as naturally occurring substances such as heavy metals. When these steps are used together, as they are in our proprietary HydRO-7™ process, they further ensure the purity of Aquafina®.
What is the history behind Aquafina®?
Aquafina® was introduced in Wichita, Kansas, in 1994 and reached national distribution in 1997. Since its debut, Aquafina® has won over consumers with its great taste and purity. Aquafina® is currently America's best selling national brand of bottled water based on current sales volume.
What athletic organizations does Aquafina®sponsor?
Aquafina® is the Official Bottled Water of Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer and the US Soccer Federation, and the National Football League.
Why did Aquafina® change its packaging to be bilingual?
As the most recent US Census data shows, there has been huge growth in ethnic and racial diversity nationwide. Hispanics are one of the fastest growing populations, representing nearly 16% of the United States' total population. We have changed our packaging to be bilingual to reflect and embrace America's changing demographics.