This is the last of a series of three articles covering Bottled Water Testing, Source Development, and Licensing and Labeling.
This is the second in a series of three bottled water articles. The first article appeared in July; the last will run in October. Your natural spring, well or artesian well source already may be providing you with the "best water you’ve ever tasted" with little effort on your part. However, selling that same water for public consumption puts you under government scrutiny.
This is the first in a series of three articles covering bottled water testing, source development and licensing and labeling.
Consumer concerns about drinking water contaminants and aesthetics partially explains the increased demands for alternatives to tap water such as bottled water or water from a vending machine. Media hype about contaminants and aggressive marketing by some bottled water companies also plays a role.
On August 6, 1998, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that effective February 2, 1999, bottled water must meet the requirements of the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations for the nine stayed parameters, which include: antimony, beryllium, cyanide, nickel, thallium, diquat, endothall, glyphosate, and 2,3,7,8-tcdd (dioxin). This announcement requires bottlers to monitor for these nine parameters and comply with the same maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) as established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
All successful bottled water and water filtration business owners know that the integration of all operational phases of their business is crucial.
The bottled water industry is exposed to regulations from the local level through the international level.
A look at what goes on during a bottled water facility audit