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Bottled Water FAQs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for bottled water regulations for products that are either imported or sold between states.

The FDA has established set standards for bottled water contaminants that are in line with, and in some cases more stringent than, the contaminant standards established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for tap water.

Bottled water companies are required to perform routine quality tests to ensure the finished product meets FDA standards for bottled water quality and water safety. Bottled water is considered a food product, not drinking water. For this reason, it is regulated by the FDA rather than the EPA, which is responsible for public tap water regulations. In addition, many state governments have established regulations governing the quality of bottled products that are produced and/or sold within their state thus ensuring bottled water safety.

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

The Water Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates water that is classified as "bottled water" or "drinking water" to meet certain standards.

For a product to be considered "bottled water", it must NOT contain sweeteners or chemical additives (other than flavors, extracts or essences) and must be sugar-free and calorie-free. If flavors, extracts and essences — derived from spices or fruits — are added to the water, these additions must comprise less than 1% by weight of the final product. Beverages that contain more than the 1% by weight flavor limit are classified as soft drinks, not bottled water.

The FDA defines the various types of water as follows:

  • Artesian Water: Bottled water from a well that taps a confined aquifer (a water-bearing underground layer of rock or sand).
  • Sparkling Water: Water that after treatment and possible replacement with carbon dioxide contains the same amount of carbon dioxide that it had at emergence from the source. (An important note: soda water, seltzer water and tonic water are not considered bottled waters. They are regulated separately and may contain sugar and calories. These types of waters are considered soft drinks.)
  • Spring Water: Bottled water derived from an underground formation from which water flows naturally to the surface of the earth.
  • Mineral Water: Contains no less than 250 parts per million of total dissolved solids (minerals). No minerals can be added to this product.
  • Purified Water: Water labeled as "purified" can be derived from either distillation, deionization or reverse osmosis.

Your local Culligan® Dealer delivers crystal clear bottled water in a variety of sizes in Spring Water (1, 2.5, 3 and 5 Gallon); Distilled Water (1 Gallon); 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 find out what Culligan bottled water products he carries, and to discuss your water needs.

Asking yourself: How much water should I drink per day? or why do I need water?

Drinking water benefits the body in many ways. Water is critical in regulating all body organs and temperature, dissolving solids, and moving nutrients throughout the body. Because water is naturally low in sodium; contains no fat, cholesterol, or caffeine; and isn't flushed straight through the body like many other beverages. Water is the natural solution to help reach your body's daily fluid quota.

Most adults need eight to twelve 8-oz. glasses of water or fluids daily. How much water you should drink can vary with activity level, health circumstances (including pregnancy), and even by age. For instance, a 60-pound child would need a minimum of 30 ounces of water a day, or about three to four glasses. But a 180-pound man would need about 90 ounces of water a day or about 11-12 glasses. And people may need more water as they age, since thirst signals may become dull, activity levels decline and prescription drugs may dehydrate their bodies further.

Having a drinking water cooler in your home or office can help ensure clean drinking water is readily available.

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