Thursday, March 26, 2009


Consumers across the United States choose bottled water because it is a healthy, refreshing beverage. As a manufactured food product, bottled water is similar to thousands of other beverage and food products that are comprehensively regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a food product. Bottled water has its own stringent manufacturing standards governing its safety, purity and labeling. And by law, FDA standards for bottled water must be as protective of public health as U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s tap water regulations.

Water is an essential ingredient in all bottled water and many other consumer products. Our industry fully recognizes the importance of protecting the quantity and quality of water in a variety of natural settings. It is in all of our best interests to protect, preserve and provide a safe and affordable water supply, whether the water comes from groundwater, springs or through a public utility. Over the last several years, our industry has worked to educate lawmakers about the bottled water industry, as well as its environmental leadership when it comes to water conservation and efficiency. Our industry works to utilize and manage water resources in a responsible manner by investing in the best science and technology to improve water quality, strengthen water conservation practices and to bottle and dispose of water products in a way that best serves the environment.
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