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Response to “What’s Really in Your Bottled Water?” - Story on PFAS Levels by Consumer Reports

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At Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) , we are committed to providing consumers with the safest and highest quality bottled water products and regularly perform water quality testing. We aim to be as transparent as our bottled water and publish the results in our annual water quality reports found on our website. Last year, we added PFAS compounds to that list even though there are no U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Standards of Quality (SOQs) or federal testing requirements for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in bottled water. Our latest published testing results for Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water, Deer Park Brand® Natural Spring Water, and Perrier® brands indicate undetectable levels of PFAS.

The quality standards of the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), of which NWNA is a member, are far more stringent than the EPA’s health advisory level of 70 ppt for tap water. Public water systems that are contaminated with more than 70 ppt must notify their customers and provide an alternate source of drinking water. For reference, IBWA’s maximum level is 5 parts per trillion (ppt) for one PFAS and 10 ppt for more than one PFAS. It is important to bear in mind that processes and practices used in producing bottled water, such as source protection, reverse osmosis, and carbon filtration are the EPA recognized and recommended technologies to remove PFAS from drinking water.

NWNA supports increased regulation and has worked with IBWA to encourage FDA to issue a SOQ regulation for PFAS in bottled water. FDA responded by saying that it believes that “establishing SOQs for PFAS in bottled water at this time would not significantly enhance FDA’s mission of public health protection.” Despite this initial response from FDA, we will continue to advocate for FDA to set national standards to help avoid a patchwork approach to testing and reporting related to PFAS. Those standards would help provide consumers with clear information about the quality of the products they purchase.