“Packaged bottled water is the No.1 beverage in the United States (by volume). Shifting away from less healthy packaged drinks, people are choosing healthy options like bottled water.”
– Jill Culora, International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), Vice President of Communications
According to a recent study by the IBWA, more than 63 percent of Americans choose bottled water as their beverage of choice. And 94 percent of Americans believe that bottled water is healthier than soft drinks. But what exactly does the phrase ‘bottled water’ mean? The definition is more complex than it might initially seem.
Per the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), bottled water is a consumer food product; which means that strict standards of identity must be followed to legally call a bottle filled with water ‘bottled water’. The FDA requires that the “type” of water must be clearly printed on the label of all bottled water sold in the United States. To understand the FDA’s classifications, it is important to know the following terms.
“Derived from an underground formation from which water flows naturally to the surface, this water must be collected only at the spring or through a borehole that taps the underground formation feeding the spring. Collected water must have the same composition and quality as the water that naturally flows to the surface.”
“Treated water must be distilled, reverse osmosis, or another suitable process that allow it to be labeled as “purified water.””
“This water comes from an underground source and contains at least 250 parts per million total dissolved solids. Minerals and trace elements must come from the source of the underground water.”
“This water is collected from a well that also taps an aquifer—layers of porous rock, sand, and earth that contain water—which is under pressure from surrounding upper layers of rock or clay. When tapped, the pressure in the aquifer, commonly called artesian pressure, pushes the water above the level of the aquifer, sometimes to the surface. To bring water to the surface, other means may be used.”
“Tapping into an aquifer, the water comes from a hole drilled into the ground.”
Understanding the different water sources and methods of extraction will help Atlanta employees. They will be able to answer questions about the taste, quality, and safety of a specific type of water. This is especially important as 82 percent of Americans think they should drink more water and 90 percent believe that bottled water is a healthy and convenient beverage.
Help your Atlanta employees stay hydrated and healthy, make sure to include water in your office breakroom vending machine. Try offering healthy snacks with healthy beverages at a reduced cost. It not only keeps everyone hydrated and satiated, but it’s also a great moral booster. For more information about adding healthy vending machines to your Atlanta breakroom, call Southern Refreshment Services at 770-939-9299.
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