Carbonated Water vs. Sparkling Water: What's the Difference?

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You may have heard that carbonated water and sparkling water are one in the same. While these two types of water are effervescent, and even taste similar, they are actually quite different. This is especially true when it comes to how these water types get their delightfully bubbly qualities.

As a business owner or manager, it’s important for you to understand the difference between carbonated water and sparkling water before you start buying into this fun and fizzy beverage trend.

What is Carbonated Water?

Carbonated water (also known as club soda or soda water) gets its carbonation artificially from the process of adding carbon dioxide gases to produce carbonic acid. In addition to its bubbles, you will also find salts in carbonated water which can come in the form of sodium bicarbonate, sodium citrate, potassium salts, plain table salt or a mixture of these elements. Salt that is added to soda water is meant to give it a better, lighter taste, all while neutralizing acidity.

What is Sparkling Water?

The “sparkle” in sparkling water can either occur naturally, or it can be made artificially using a sparkling water system. The sparkling water you buy at the store generally has no additives -- unless you buy flavored sparkling water. In this case, it may be flavored with fruit “essence” and oils. The two most common types of pure sparkling water are:

- Sparkling mineral water. This comes directly from the source of mineral springs, and its effervescence is a result of naturally-occurring gases. Some sparkling mineral water companies also add carbon dioxide artificially to produce even more bubbles. Sparkling mineral water typically has a slight, mineral-y taste.

- Seltzer water (sparkling water). This bubbly water is pure and simple. It’s basically made from still water and carbon dioxide -- nothing else. Filtered sparkling water systems and dispensers found in offices, restaurants, hotels, and resorts typically use this method to ensure the water they are offering to patrons, staff, and guests is clean and fresh.

Filtered Sparkling Water Systems Offer Better-Tasting, Healthier Water

Filtered sparkling water systems are a great, natural way to offer your patrons better-tasting and healthier drinking water. Commercial water filters are designed to work with treated water that comes out of your business’s taps. These water filters drastically reduce contaminants found in tap water such as heavy metals, pesticides, and other chemical impurities all while retaining good-for-you minerals. After just one taste, your customers will never ask for “soda water” again! 

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