Did you know that there’s a podcast about bottled water? The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) recently launched the podcast titled H2O In The Know. Each episode focuses on different water related topics including the current science on hydration, how to increase recycling rates, standards and regulations, and the taste of different types of waters. In this post we will discuss the different types of bottled water for Atlanta consumers.
Jull Culora, IBWA Vice President of Communication, recently shared that “H2O In The Know offers consumers a great new way to learn interesting facts and stories about water, especially bottled water.” Let’s take a quick look at some of the questions that were discussed in the first episode.
Before we get to the first question, you might be wondering what any of this has to do with you, a Atlanta consumer. The answer is…a lot.
Humans need water to survive. Research has shown that humans can last three maybe four days without consuming any water. But, that doesn’t mean that every bit of water on the earth is safe to be consumed. To understand if a certain type of water is good for human consumption, it is important to know more about that type of water. For the bottled water industry, specifically, the answers to the following questions will help Atlanta consumers learn more about what they are drinking, and when it comes to things we consume, more knowledge is definitely better.
The short answer is yes, there are. Bottled water is regulated at both the federal and state level and is considered a packaged food product by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In fact, the FDA regulations governing the safety and quality are as stringent as the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulations that govern tap water.
Again, the answer is yes. For the standards that focus on bottled water, the FDA has divided them into the following groups.
Per the FDA, there are six different types of bottled water available. Spring water, purified water, mineral water, sparkling bottled water, artesian water or artesian well water, and well water are the six types of bottled waters. The FDA is requiring a printed label to be on each bottle of water to show the variety. This helps Atlanta consumers know which type of water they have.
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