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Some bottled water comes from drought ridden areas. Some is just filtered tap water. Wouldn't it be nice to know what you're drinking?
The EPA website contains a state-by-state breakdown of water sources and water quality. Click on your state to find out more about the state water systems.
Bottled water packaging usually says where the water was sourced, but not always. If it says "from a municipal source" or "from a community water system," it means it's tap water.
If the internet and the packaging fail you, it's time to call the bottler. To make it easier, here are the numbers of the top bottling companies in the country:
Crystal Springs: 800-728-5508
Poland Springs: 800-955-4426
Deer Park: 800-288-8281
If it turns out you're drinking bottled tap water or water from a drought-afflicted area and this bothers you, you can get involved by writing your members of Congress, the FDA, your governor, and the bottled water corporation to urge them to make smarter, safer decisions in bottling their water. You can find your state representative through this site: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
Specifically, you can point out these issues:
- set strict limits for contaminants of concern in bottled water, including arsenic, heterotrophic-plate-count bacteria, E. coli and other parasites and pathogens, and synthetic organic chemicals such as "phthalates";
- apply the rules to all bottled water whether carbonated or not and whether sold intrastate or interstate; and
- require bottlers to display information on their labels about the levels of contaminants of concern found in the water, the water's exact source, how it's been treated, and whether it meets health criteria set by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control for killing parasites like cryptosporidium.