Is bottled water safer than tap water?
Bottled water is a safe product. It is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a food product, and these regulations, by law, must be as strong and protective of public health as the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulations for tap water. FDA regulations for bottled water are substantially more stringent than EPA regulations for tap water. For example, the EPA allows up to 5% of treated water from municipal systems to be positive for total coliform while the FDA maintains bottled water must be 100% free of coliform at all times. Nestlé Waters North America offers consumers both spring water and purified water. NWNA spring waters come from carefully selected springs that are usually in less developed areas. The company maintains more than 14,000 acres of land around its spring sources and leaves it as open space as an added measure of protection.
Purified water, like Nestlé® Pure Life® branded water, may begin as groundwater or municipal water, but goes through significant processing including granular activated carbon and reverse osmosis, which are specialized treatments not typically used in municipal supplies.
NWNA waters are further protected by a comprehensive testing scheme. The company tests incoming water for every line at its manufacturing plants, and also tests samples of water produced on every line every day. In its plants, the company tests each bottling line more than 200 times every day; gallon for gallon, NWNA water is tested over 60 times more frequently than most municipal water supplies.
The sealed bottle itself also preserves the quality of the water by providing a barrier to outside exposure.
If you'd like to know more about the quality of NWNA waters, please refer to 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. must also meet quality standards. Information about tap water quality can be found at the Environmental Protection Agency website.