Are you drinking bottled water because you think tap water isn’t fit to drink? Think again.
According to a four-year study by Natural Resources Defense Council, about one-third of bottled waters tested contained levels of contamination in at least one sample that exceeded allowable limits under state or bottled water industry guidelines. The Food and Drug Administration, the organization responsible for regulating bottled water safety, exempts waters that are packaged and sold within the same state. The FDA also exempts beverages such as carbonated waters and seltzers from meeting standards.
Some bottled water is, in fact, tap water. NRDC also notes that “FDA rules allow bottlers to call their product “spring water” even though it may be brought to the surface using a pumped well, and it may be treated with chemicals.”
More information from NRDC.