What is bottled water?
Water is classified as "bottled water" if it meets all applicable
federal and state standards, is sealed in a sanitary container and is
sold for human consumption. Bottled water cannot contain sweeteners or
chemical additives (other than flavors, extracts or essences) and must
be calorie-free and sugar-free.
What are the different types of bottled water?
There are several
different varieties of bottled water. The product may be labeled as
bottled water, drinking water or any of the following terms. Among the
Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) product definitions for bottled
- Spring Water: Bottled water derived from an underground formation
from which water flows naturally to the surface of the earth. Spring
water must be collected only at the spring or through a bore hole
tapping the underground formation finding the spring. Spring water
collected with the use of an external force must be from the same
underground stratum as the spring and must have all the physical
properties, before treatment, and be of the same composition and
quality as the water that flows naturally to the surface of the earth.
- Well Water: Bottled water from a hole bored, drilled or otherwise
constructed in the ground which taps the water of an aquifer.
bottled water different from tap water?
Consistent quality and taste
are two of the principle differences between bottled water and tap
Quality is in every container of bottled water. It's consistent and
it is inspected and monitored by governmental and private
laboratories. Unfortunately, tap water can be inconsistent --
sometimes it might be okay while other times it is not. While bottled
water originates from protected sources (75% from underground aquifers
and springs), tap water comes mostly from rivers and lakes. The U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency has reported that hundreds of tap
water sources have failed to meet minimum standards. Another factor to
consider is the distance tap water has to travel and what it goes
through before it reaches the tap. Taste is the other major reason
people prefer bottled water versus tap water. Chlorine is most often
used to disinfect tap water. That can leave an aftertaste and lead to
other problems. Some bottlers use ozone, a form of supercharged
oxygen, and/or ultraviolet light as the final disinfecting agents,
both of which leave no taste or chemical trace.