Investigation of the hydrogeochemistry of some bottled mineral waters in Hungary

Ubul Fugedi, Laszlo Kuti, G. Jordán, Barbara Kerek

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Abstract

Bottled drinking water constitutes a significant part of total water consumption in developed countries and national and EU legislation regulates their market production. In the framework of an international project carried out by the EuroGeoSurveys Geochemistry Expert Group 36 bottled waters were obtained from public markets in Hungary in order to determine their hydrogeochemical composition. The objective of this study is to investigate the possible relationship between groundwater aquifer lithology and the processed and marketed bottled waters, and to develop a classification of bottled waters, based on their dissolved mineral content. Analytical results of this study are compared with the composition shown on bottle labels, and with archive hydrochemical data from the producing wells. Results show that, while processing of original groundwater, such as oxygen addition, iron or hydrogen-sulphide removal can significantly alter water composition, bottled water composition can be used for selection of sites for detailed hydrogeochemical and hydrogeological characterization. A simple and useful classification of bottled water quality is also presented that is based on natural groups of sampled waters derived by means of statistical data analysis methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-316
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Geochemical Exploration
Volume107
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010

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Mineral Waters
hydrogeochemistry
Drinking Water
Chemical analysis
Hydrogen sulfide removal (water treatment)
water
Water
Groundwater
market
Geochemistry
groundwater
Lithology
iron sulfide
statistical data
Bottles
hydrogen sulfide
Aquifers
Water quality
Minerals
mineral water

Keywords

  • Hungary
  • Mineral water
  • Pannonian Basin
  • Statistical analysis
  • Water quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economic Geology
  • Geochemistry and Petrology

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Investigation of the hydrogeochemistry of some bottled mineral waters in Hungary. / Fugedi, Ubul; Kuti, Laszlo; Jordán, G.; Kerek, Barbara.

In: Journal of Geochemical Exploration, Vol. 107, No. 3, 12.2010, p. 305-316.

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Fugedi, Ubul ; Kuti, Laszlo ; Jordán, G. ; Kerek, Barbara. / Investigation of the hydrogeochemistry of some bottled mineral waters in Hungary. In: Journal of Geochemical Exploration. 2010 ; Vol. 107, No. 3. pp. 305-316.
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