Types of Bottled Water: What’s the Difference?

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While bottled water was a novel concept in the U.S. just a generation ago, now it is one of the most popular choices for Americans. Americans have a growing preference for water - total bottled water gallon volume has exceeded the volume of carbonated soft drinks since 2017.

But not just any water can be called "bottled water." Bottled water is defined as a consumer food product by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with strict standards of identity. As such, the FDA requires companies to clearly identify the "type" of water on the label of all bottled water sold in the United States. BlueTriton Brands puts its bottled water through rigorous quality testing to make sure it’s safe, delicious, and meets FDA standards before being packaged for consumers.

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Bottled water is one of the most extensively regulated packaged food products available in the U.S. 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. At BlueTriton Brands, we offer a variety of water options including still, carbonated, and flavoreds.

What is spring water?

The FDA defines spring water as “water derived from an underground formation from which water flows naturally to the surface of the earth.” The FDA sets stringent national standards for what qualifies as “spring water.” Those requirements are:

  • Spring water shall be collected only at the spring or through a borehole that taps into the underground formation feeding the spring.
  • There must be a natural force causing the water to flow to the surface through a natural orifice.
  • The location of the spring shall be identified.
  • Spring water that is collected with the use of an external force, such as a pump, shall: be from the same underground stratum as the spring, as shown by a measurable hydraulic connection between the bore hole and the natural spring; have all the physical properties, before treatment, and be of the same composition and quality, as the water that flows naturally to the surface; and water must continue to flow naturally to the surface of the earth through the spring’s natural orifice.

What is purified water?

Purified water has been treated by specific processes to remove impurities. Both the source of the water to be purified (e.g., a well or municipal water source) and the type of purification procedure can vary. Distillation, deionization, reverse osmosis, and filtering are among the standard purification treatments that may meet FDA standards. Water must meet the purified sterile standard of the U.S. Pharamcopeia 23rd Revision.

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