How Is Bottled Water Regulated?

- Jun 27, 2019-

Unlike tap water, which is largely regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency, bottled water, as a packaged food product, is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

Oversees inspections of bottling plants. Some states require bottled water companies to be licensed annually.

But “some states have inconsistent arsenic guidelines in place for tap and bottled water, with stricter thresholds in place for tap than for bottled water,” And “few states regularly conduct independent tests on bottled water for contaminants, as municipalities must for tap water.”