||October 25th, 2007|
Are you paying way too much for Bottled water?
Bottled and tap water may be different
(and may be the same)
Were you aware that between 25 and 49 percent of the bottled water sold in the United States comes from a municipal water source? You may thus be paying hundreds to thousands of times more for repackaged municipal water that costs you only pennies out of your tap.
The bottled water industry is regulated as a food by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) while municipal water is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The FDA standards apply only to interstate sales which amount to 30-40 percent of bottled water sold in the United States.
Water packaged and sold in the same state is subject to that state’s requirements which may or may not be as strict as the FDA’s standards.
Municipal supplies, however, are regulated federally with authority given to the states to enforce and enact the federal EPA’s standards. Some differences between municipal water versus bottled water include:
Cannot have bacteria
Filtered and disinfected
Drinking water standards enforced
Tested by certified labs
Test results reported to state officials
Water operators must be certified
Water quality report made annually
Must maintain residual chlorine to prevent bacteria growth
Certain amount OK
No federal filter, disinfectant requirement
Violation of standards can still be sold
No lab certification testing required.
No water reporting requirements
No bottled water plant operator certification required
No public right to know requirements
No disinfectant to kill bacteria required.
In North County, check the following municipal water sources:
Escondido: (760) 839-4658
San Marcos: Vallecitos Water District, (760)744.0460
Lake San Marcos: Vallecitos Water District, (760)744.0460
Vista Irrigation District: (760) 597-3120
Carlsbad: (760) 602-2420
Rancho Bernardo (619) 533-4679
Oceanside: (760) 435-5800