Bottled Water...Mineral, Artesian, Spring, What Does It Mean?
Americans are drinking bottled water in record numbers--a whopping 5 billion gallons in 2001, according to the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), an industry trade group. That's about the same amount of water that falls from the American Falls at Niagara Falls in two hours!
The birage of new "bottled water" labels makes it confusing. To make sense of it all, this is how the FDA classifies some bottled water according to its origin:
Some bottled water also comes from municipal sources--in other words--the tap. Municipal water is usually treated before it is bottled.
Examples of water treatments include:
For more on how the FDA regulates our drinking water, and bottled water, please read the MedicineNet.com Health Fact, "To Bottle or Not to Bottle...Is Bottled Water Really Better than Tap Water?"
Portions of the above information has been provided with the kind permission of the FDA online Consumer Magazine July-August, 2002. (Original author of this article in the FDA report is Anne Christiansen Bullers.)
Last Editorial Review: 8/13/2002
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