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What are the different types of bottled water?

If you have purchased bottled water lately, you may have have noticed all the different types of water that are now on the market.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates any products sold as “bottled water" and "drinking water" to make sure they meet certain quality and health standards.

In accordance with FDA rules, if a product is to be considered “bottled water” it must be sugar-free, calorie-free and not include any sweeteners or other chemical additives (other than flavors, extracts or essences). If flavors, extracts, and essences, either from fruits or spices, are added to the water, they must make up less than 1% by weight of the end product. Any beverages that contain more than the 1% by weight of flavorings or extracts are deemed soft drinks, not bottled water.

The Food and Drug Administration defines the following types of water:

  • Artesian Water: A type of bottled water that comes from a well that is part of a confined aquifer. An aquifer is an underground geographic feature comprised of rock and sand layers, which contains a mass of water.
  • Sparkling Water: A type of bottled water that contains carbon dioxide. Soda water, seltzer water, and tonic water are not considered bottled water, and they may or may not be sugar or calorie free. These products are considered soft drinks and are regulated separately. 
  • Spring Water: A type of bottled water that contains carbon dioxide. Soda water, seltzer water, and tonic water are not considered bottled water, and they may or may not be sugar or calorie free. These products are considered soft drinks and are regulated separately. 
  • Mineral Water: A type of bottled water that must contain a bare minimum of 250ppm (parts per million) of total dissolved solids i.e. minerals. These minerals must be present from the source and not added afterward.
  • Purified Water: A type of bottled water that must contain a bare minimum of 250ppm (parts per million) of total dissolved solids i.e. minerals. These minerals must be present from the source and not added afterward.

Your local Culligan® Dealer delivers crystal clear bottled water in various sizes in Spring Water (1, 2.5, 3 and 5 Gallon); Distilled Water (1 Gallon); and Pure Drinking Water (20oz, 24oz, 1/2 liter, 1 liter and 1 1/2 liter, 1 gallon, 2.5 gallon, 3 gallon, 5 gallon). Contact your local dealer to learn which Culligan bottled water products are available in your area, and to discuss your specific water requirements.

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