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Bottled vs. tap vs. bottled

The Oakland Press published an opinion piece by Gordon McEvoy outlining the differences between tap and bottled water, along with the differences between bottled products themselves.

Tap water is argued as safer because of stricter imposed health-based regulations in comparison with the bottled water industry.

However, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit public advocacy, has revealed that — despite overwhelming utility compliance to established potable water regulations — tap water in the U.S. is nevertheless loaded with unregulated contaminants (tagged as “emerging” because these pollutants currently fly completely off the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s or EPA-regulatory radar screen.

McEvoy, a licensed potable waterworks operator with 10 years’ professional water quality experience at the municipal and state levels, further explains how bottled water – even if its source is the tap – is still different from regular tap water.

Rather than clouding issues with irrelevant accusations of political morality, we should rationally outline important distinctions (such as differences between types of bottled water and qualities of tap water and sources), thus paving the way for better-educated personal consumer decisions.

Well put.

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is the authoritative source of information about all types of bottled waters. Founded in 1958, IBWA's membership includes U.S. and international bottlers, distributors and suppliers. IBWA is committed to working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates bottled water as a packaged food product, and state governments to set stringent standards for safe, high quality bottled water products. Additionally, IBWA requires member bottlers to adhere to the IBWA Bottled Water Code of Practice, which mandates additional standards and practices that in some cases are more stringent than federal and state regulations. A key feature of the IBWA Model Code is an annual plant inspection by an independent, third party organization.

For more information about IBWA, bottled water and a list of member‚ brands, please contact
Jill Culora, IBWA‚ Vice President of Communications at 703-647-4609 or [email protected].


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