Safety of Bottled water vs Tap water is reviewed

Posted by Joel Leusink on November 26, 2013 under Bottled Water | Read the First Comment

The article below was publised by the Water Technology Magazine online on November 22.  In this article the safety of bottled water vs tap water is reviewed.

Drinking Water Research Foundation compares bottled, tap water

November 22, 2013
See original article HERE

  ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Drinking Water Research Foundation has released the results of a review paper entitled “Microbial Health Risks of Regulated Drinking Waters in the United States,” according to a press release.

The paper compares the risk of public drinking water and bottled water using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and presentations from a 2009 drinking water symposium at Yale University, the release reported.

According to the release, the paper explores the difference in quality monitoring, regulatory standards violations, advisories and distribution system conditions for tap and bottled water.

The key finding of the paper was that, “it is clear that as a consequence of the differences in regulations, distribution systems, operating (manufacturing) practices and microbial standards of quality, public drinking water supplies present a substantially higher human risk than do bottled waters for illness due to waterborne organisms.”

While tap water is regulated by the EPA, bottled water is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is more stringent in regulations concerning lead, coliform bacteria and E. coli, according to the release.

Download the review paper here.

The research is fascinating as it does refute other data claiming that bottled water is less safe than public water supplies.  Below is an excerpt from the conclusion paragraph of the review paper:

A comparison of waterborne illness outbreaks reveals overwhelming evidence that the microbial health risks associated with drinking tap water are far greater than that of bottled water, with 195 million illnesses in the past 10 years for tap water compared to fewer than a dozen for bottled water 
This research and information is good news for the bottled water industry that has been hammered by negative press in recent years.  Hopefully the bottled water industry will use this research to help promote the benefit of drinking quality bottled water as opposed to public water supplies.
As you may know, ozone has been used in the bottled water industry for many years to provide safe, high quality bottled water.  Read more about ozone in bottled water on our website here, and see below:

Bottled Water and Ozone

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A fast-acting and effective treatment technology, ozone is now used in a variety of potable water treatment applications. Ozone treatment is becoming widely used for bottled water in North America — now the most rapidly growing market for ozone.

Ozone Benefits for the Beverage Market

  • Ozone is superior to any other disinfection method because of its high oxidation state.
  • Ozone allows for lower operating costs and reduces overall chemical costs.
  • Ozone is not typically associated with by-products, and naturally reverts to oxygen, so no taste or odor is associated after its use.
  • Ozone is generated on-site. Therefore no dangerous storage or handling is required.
  • The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) suggests a residual ozone level of 0.2 to 0.4 ppm. This provides disinfection to both the water and the bottle.
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Posted by Joel Leusink on January 30, 2012 under Bottled Water | Be the First to Comment

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