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Bottled drinking water is the fastest growing drink choice in America, according to the Beverage Marketing Corporation. The reason for this is primarily because many people believe bottled water is safer or healthier than tap water.
Some people simply prefer the taste and convenience of bottled drinking water.
But whatever the reason, it is important for consumers to understand what is in bottled water, where it comes from, and how it is treated (if at all).
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “drinking water (bottled and tap) can reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants.”
The FDA regulates bottled water based on EPA standards.
Since bottled water is much more expensive than tap water, the EPA encourages us to know what we are buying.
To find out if any given bottled water is any safer or healthier than tap water, begin by reading the label for the following:
If this information is not provided, contact the bottler directly, whose contact information should be on the label.
It’s also important to understand that nearly 40 percent of all bottled water is actually re-processed municipal water.
Beware that many bottled water manufacturers use descriptive terms such as “glacier water” or “mountain spring water,” which may or may not actually identify where the water is from. These are unregulated terms used primarily for marketing purposes.
Thus, it’s important to understand the more common bottled water terms, such as the following:
Further reading . . .
Drinking Spring Water - Health Pros and Cons
Vitamin Water - Unhealthy Bottled Brands vs Healthy Homemade Versions
Bottled Water Versus Tap Water -- Differences in Quality and Value
Return from Bottled Drinking Water to Water Benefits Health Home
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