Did you notice …?
Bottled drinking water may come from an aquifer that has been treated with chemicals or not treated at all. Tap water will normally be treated.
Drinking water– water intended for human consumption and sealed in bottles or other containers with no ingredients except that it may optionally contain suitable and safe disinfectants. Fluoride may be added within limitations set in the bottled water quality standards.
Bottled drinking water may contain fluorides and disinfectants – just as tap water does!
Bottled drinking water may contain minerals, even lead!
Bottled drinking water is often much more impure than you could hope!
Bottled Drinking Water Standards
Once the source is approved by the government, using EPA and FDA standards, it is up to the bottler to maintain its cleanliness.
Bottled drinking water must meet FDA standards for physical, chemical, microbial, and radiological contaminants. When EPA sets a new standard for a contaminant in tap water, FDA must establish a new standard for the same contaminant in bottled drinking water or find that EPA’s new standard is not applicable to bottled drinking water.
Labels On Bottle Drinking Water
Labels on bottled drinking water do not have to tell you what has been added to the water.
New bottled drinking water sources must be approved by a state or local jurisdiction. Bottlers must also test their sources and finished bottled drinking water products at least once a week for microbiological contaminants and at least once a year for physical, chemical, and radiological contaminants.
Bottled drinking water is not guaranteed pure by anyone. If actual hazards are found may enforcement action take place, only.
If bottled drinking water is found to be hazardous or adulterated to health, it is subject to FDA enforcement action, such as seizure of domestic products and refusal of entry of imports.
Bottlers must include the name of the product and type of water; the name and address of the distributor, manufacturer, or packer; and the net content on their labels.
Your bottled drinking water is to be produced under sanitary and safe conditions, but actual contents are not strictly controlled.
Bottlers must operate their plants in accordance with FDA’s good manufacturing practices to ensure that their bottled drinking water products are safe and produced under sanitary and safe conditions.
Methods of Treatment
Bottled drinking water need be no better than tap water. It may be held to less stringent standards.
To that, the faucet-water drinkers counter, “Have you ever run tests on your faucet water and your bottled drinking water?
Might it be possible that your bottled drinking water contains as great a colony of “water criminals” as your tap water does?
The following are definitions frequently used on the labels of bottled drinking water to describe the water’s characteristics, sources, and methods of treatment. * Artesian water, ground water, spring water, well water – water from an underground aquifer which may or may not be treated. Well water and artesian water are tapped through a well.