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Ann Ig. 2015 Jan-Feb;27(1):58-65. doi: 10.7416/ai.2015.2023.

Mineral water or tap water? An endless debate.

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Department of Biomedical Sciences and Human Oncology, University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy.


The consumption of mineral water has been increasing because of the frequent and unjustified reports of the water supply contamination. However some authors have shown that bottled waters are not always better than tap water. Mineral waters are more palatable for organoleptic characteristic because, being pure at source, they do not undergo disinfection treatments and are sometimes enriched with CO2. In fact, they are characterized by their microbial facies subject to changes during the production cycle which can contribute to their contamination. It is necessary to provide people with the tools necessary to operate a critical choice of the type of water to be consumed not exclusively for their organoleptic characteristics or marketing strategies.


Home safety; Mineral water; Tap water

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