Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Bottled Water-An Industry Update

 There are many reasons for consumer enthusiasm for bottled water, including its association with healthfulness, convenience, safety and value.  In addition, many consumers choose bottled water over tap water for its superior taste.  Bottled water in the US is comprehensively regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a packaged food product and it provides a consistently safe and reliable source of drinking water.  by federal law, the FDA regulations governing the safety and quality of bottled water must be at least as stringent as US EPA standards that govern tap water.  And, in some very important cases of possible contamination (such as lead, coliform bacteria and E. coli), bottled water regulations are substantially more stringent.

Bottled water recycling rates are also increasing.  All bottled water containers are 100-percent recyclable.  According to the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR), now at 38.6 percent, the recycling rate for single-serve PET plastic bottled water containers more that doubled between 2003 and 2011.  In fact, NAPCOR finds that plastic bottled water containers are the most frequently recycled PET beverage container in curbside recycling programs.

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Source: Water Condition and Purification September 2013