Association hopes to recognize bottled water as a factor in providing safe drinking water
The International Bottled Water Assn. (IBWA) announced its support for the annual National Drinking Water Week and noted that bottled water is a safe, healthy and convenient packaged food product used for human hydration. According to IBWA, whether bottling spring water from protected underground aquifers or producing high-quality purified bottled water, America’s bottled water companies consistently meet consumer demand for safe, quality drinking water at home, at work, on the go and when emergencies and natural disasters strike. IBWA also recognized the important role that municipal water systems play in modern society’s pressing need for sanitation, irrigation and human hydration.
IBWA also refuted several claim made by the National Assn. of Water Companies (NAWC) on bottled water in a press release this week. IBWA emphasized that bottled water is required to meet regulations set by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) and Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations, and that the FFDCA requires the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to set standards that are as protective as U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards for tap water.
The FDA has issued comprehensive bottled water Standards of Identity, which provide uniform requirements and definitions for the following bottled water classifications: bottled, drinking, artesian, groundwater, distilled, deionized, reverse osmosis, mineral, purified, sparkling, spring, sterile and well water. It also has established bottled water Standards of Quality for more than 90 substances.
IBWA also highlighted bottled water companies’ efforts to use lighter weight plastic bottles in an effort to reduce environmental footprint. The association also noted that the recycling rate for water bottles is 31%, 15% higher than six years ago.
“If the purpose of National Drinking Water Week is to recognize the importance of safe drinking water, then bottled water should be recognized, not denounced, for the important contribution it makes,” said IBWA’s Tom Lauria.