Water is not always the same

In retail markets there is a wide range of water available: But not every bottle contains high-quality natural mineral water. Behind the attractive label you may find spring or table water. We distinguish five different types of water, and the designations of the different types of water are regulated by the German Mineral and Drinking Water Ordinance. All waters from dem company Haaner Felsenquelle are approved high-quality natural mineral waters, free of harmful substances and of a unique purity and quality.

We distinguish five water types:

Healing water

Healing water is a special case of natural mineral water. Because of its special combination of mineral substances it has a pre-emptive, soothing or healing effect, which must be established by scientific texts and inspections. Healing water must comply with the Federal Drug Act and it must be approved as such by the German Federal Health Authority.

Natural mineral water

Natural mineral water comes from underground aquifers well protected against impurities, and it must be bottled directly at the spring site. Mineral water is the only officially approved and certified food in Germany. The approval procedure includes more than 200 geological, chemical and micro-biological tests. The German Mineral- und Tafelwasserverordnung MTV (Mineral and Table Water Ordinance) defines precisely what constitutes a natural mineral water, how it must be labelled and packed. Strict controls guarantee a uniform and consistent quality to the consumer.

Spring water

Spring water is also drawn from underground aquifers and must be bottled at the spring. In its composition it must comply with the requirements imposed on drinking water. E.g., it must be of a neutral flavour and cool, not unhealthy and with a content of dissolved minerals in certain concentrations. An official approval or certification is not required.


Table water

Table water is produced industrially and thus not a natural product. It may be a blend of various types of water and other additives. Allowed are a mixture of drinking water, mineral water, natural brine, sea water and also the admixture of minerals and carbon dioxide. There are no legal regulations as to the mixture or blending ratios. IN a café or a restaurant table water is most often tapped from a large draught system and served in a glass.

Dinking water

Drinking water (or tap water) in Germany is gained from two thirds ground water and one third surface water (rivers, lakes, reservoirs). However, before it reaches your tap it needs to be purified (cleaned). During purification a large number of procedures and chemical additives are permitted. The Drinking Water Ordinance regulates the quality of drinking water. The regulations of this Ordinance, however, only concern the water quality up to the point of supply, i.e. to the water meter, not to the tap in the household. In this case the pipes may contaminate the water with copper or lead.