How regulated is bottled water compared to tap water?

Water quality and safety is a top priority for Nestlé Waters North America. The company has rigorous quality control processes and makes its water quality reports publicly available online. By law, bottled water is a highly regulated product. In accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act, FDA regulations for bottled water are at least as stringent as those imposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for municipal drinking water.

Federal regulations are stronger for bottled water than for tap water when it comes to key contaminants, including lead and coliform bacteria. For example, while up to 5% of water from municipal systems is permitted to be positive for total coliform, bottled water sources must be 100% free of coliform at all times. The FDA is aware of no major outbreaks of illness or serious safety concerns associated with bottled water over the past decade. In comparison, the CDC estimates there are between 4 and 33 million cases of gastrointestinal illness each year associated with public drinking water systems.

If you'd like to know more about the quality of NWNA bottled waters, you can access the company's water quality reports, similar to those published by public water utilities. These are published for all NWNA brands. They are available online or by calling the toll-free number on your bottle label. Tap water in the U.S. is also known to be high quality and safe. Information about tap water quality can be found at the Environmental Protection Agency website.

 

 Read more in Bottled Water Regulation