Although drinking bottled water might sound like a safe alternative to tap water. However, don’t be fooled by misleading advertising.
Manufacturers selling bottled water are going to make their product sound like the “be all, end all answer to drinking tap water.” The odd thing is that tap water is usually better for people (so long as it is distilled.) The bottom line here is that municipal water is subject to more and better regulations than bottled water. Scary thought!
Sure the ads are colorful and make one think about a cool, refreshing mountain stream brimming with purity and an outdoorsy visceral appeal. That water isn’t regulated. Tap water on the other hand is watched over by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state and local government watch dogs.
On the other side of the fence there is bottled water that is only checked by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The fact of the matter here is that the FDA rarely gets to most of the food plants it is responsible for every year. Industry rumors have them inspecting, in some cases, once every five years or longer.
The FDA is supposed to test bottled water to the exact same standards as the EPA. That does not seem to be happening. For instance, municipal water is not allowed to have E.coli or fecal coliform bacteria. The FDA rules for bottled water do not have those restrictions.
There is a requirement that water brought in from surface sources has to be filtered and disinfected or be subject to stringent pollution controls. At the federal level there are no filtration or disinfection requirements for bottled water. In most cases these rules are supposed to be put in place by the states; however, most states do not have strict regulations.
The drinking water provided to consumers by cities, etc. is tested regularly by government-certified labs. There isn’t anything written that says bottled water manufacturers have to do this. Bottled water plants only have to test once a week for coliform bacteria as compared to tap water being tested at least 100 times a month.
Know your water and distill it at home. The best bet for “straight from the horse’s mouth information” is to consult with H20labs.