The German consumer organisation Stiftung Warentest (foundation for tests of goods) makes it official, the quality of the Bavarian capital’s tapped water is better than the quality of many expensive bottled waters (in Germany Mineralwasser – mineral water), according to results by published by the foundation in a post on their official website at test.de “Der grosse Wassercheck” (The Big Water Check) from yesterday, July 28, 2016.
The organisation tested the quality of tapped water in 28 German cities (water in Munich has also been tested) and municipalities and compared it to the quality of 30 bottled mineral waters. According to the test results, tapped water samples from all over Germany are of very good quality and clearly beat mineral waters with regard to price and quality. It is also friendlier to the environment, as it doesn’t have to be bottled, packaged and transported.
Stiftung Warentest also found the term “mineral water” to often be misleading, as half of the tested mineral waters didn’t contain particularly high concentration of minerals. The lowest concentration of minerals has been found in “Black Forest” mineral water with 57 milligrams per litre, while tapped water in the municipality of Rinteln contained 736 milligrams per litre. Only eight of the tested mineral waters contained more.
Stiftung Warentest recommends the following mineral waters: Adelholzener, Bad Liebenwerda, Carolinen, Celtic, Elisabethen Quellen, Extaler Mineralquell, Fürst Bismarck, Nestlé Pure Life, Rheinfels Quelle and Vittel.
Stiftung Warentest is a Berlin based German consumer organisation and foundation involved in investigating and comparing goods and services in an unbiased way. The organisation has an important role in two main areas. On the one hand it has the task of comparing objective aspects such as usefulness, functionality and environmental impact, and on the other hand it has the mission of educating consumers so they can learn how to make best use of the income available to them and behave in a health promoting and environmentally aware way.