It's a given that water is essential to survival. We know that it comprises most of the essential organs in the human body and a healthy water intake keeps us thriving. But have you ever thought of the different types of water and why each is best for certain uses? Just like anything else, there are different variations of water and each has its own best use. For some types of water, though, drinking is not at the top of the list; but other optimum uses may surprise you. So, let's take a look at three variations of water: tap, spring and distilled.

Tap Water

When you're talking tap water, its goodness for drinking really depends on the region and the household piping. For the most part, though, people tend to stay away from the tap, unless filtered, for drinking. Why? Well, there are fears about lead in pipes that funnel the water, chemicals added and leached into public water systems from contaminated runoff (like fertilizer from lawns), chlorine aftertaste, and microorganisms in public water systems. And tap water usually doesn't taste as good. But, tap water has its purpose. It's best for cleaning, bathing, cooking, even though it's cleared by the EPA as drinkable. And, if you're going to use tap water for coffee and tea, the theory out there is that cold is better for better taste in the end, but hot will dissolve more easily for other uses, like cleaning.

Spring Water

Spring water is known as best for healthful drinking, as it comes from an underground source, rather than surface. Keep in mind, though, that the exact source, or the particular spring from which the water is gathered, is a different matter — maybe a matter of your particular regional preference. Aside from bottled spring water, if you happen upon a spring (or what's known as a mineral spring) in the wild, its pure composition is optimal for drinking and medicinal uses. People have been known to bathe in it for great skin or tap into its ancient therapeutic or healing powers. If you live or work in central or southern New Jersey, you can enjoy the convenience of having healthy, delicious spring water delivered directly to your home or business. Take a look at your options here.

Distilled Water

Distilled water is boiled to rid the water of metals and inorganic minerals, but it can tend to be acidic. For that reason, it is known to have the power to extract toxins out of the body. But, if there are no toxins, it's not a good idea to drink it. It's uses are quite different than those of the other types of water. The pH level of distilled water is as close to neutral as it gets, hovering at around 7, so it's also good for lab tests, which rely on neutral pH levels, because test results (chemical experiments) can be skewed by an imbalanced pH. For that reason, it is also optimum for cleaning medical tools or just about anything if you want to avoid spotting or streaking (as in windows). The lack of chemicals in it and balanced pH prevent those things. It's also great for making soap, as there are no chemicals that can lessen the cleaning agents in the soap properties. Distilled water is also great to preserve the color and taste of vegetables. It also boils faster, so it cooks faster. Taking it a step further, watering plants with distilled water helps them to grow. Since it does not have microscopic minerals, those in the soil are better absorbed and, if the plant takes water only, then you can control the addition of specific growth minerals.

Interesting facts, right? So, go have a sip of healthy spring water, take a shower in your tap water and get some cooking and cleaning done, and tend to a variety of household needs, including watering those plants, with some distilled water.