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|Century Springs FAQ|
|What is Bottled Water?|
|What are the different types of bottled water?|
|How do I know my bottled water is safe?|
|How is bottled water different from tap water?|
|I've read about the parasite Cryptosporidium being found in tap water. What is it?|
|How do I know that Cryptosporidium is not in my bottled water?|
|Is bottled water regulated?|
|Do imported waters have to meet the same federal, state, and industry regulations as bottled water?|
|Is bottled water regulated differently from tap water?|
|Does bottled water contain any chlorine or harmful chemicals?|
|How long can I store bottled water?|
|What is the proper way to store bottled water?|
|How can I find out if the bottled water that I drink is a member of IBWA?|
|What is IBWA?|
|How Should I clean my Water Cooler?|
|What is Bottled Water?||TOP|
|Water is classified as "bottled water" if it meets all applicable federal and state standards, is sealed in a sanitary container and is sold for human consumption. Bottled water cannot contain sweeteners or chemical additives (other than flavors, extracts or essences) and must be calorie-free and sugar-free. Flavor extracts and essences – derived from spice or fruit – can be added to bottled water, but these additions must comprise less than one percent by weight of the final product. Beverages containing more than the one-percent-by-weight flavor limit are classified as soft drinks, not bottled water. In addition, bottled water may be sodium-free or contain "very low" amounts of sodium. Some bottled waters contain natural or added carbonation.|
|What are the different types of bottled water?||TOP|
There are several different varieties of bottled water. The product may be labeled as bottled water, drinking water or any of the following terms. The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) product definitions for bottled water are:
|How do I know my bottled water is safe?||TOP|
|level by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and on the state level by state officials. This ensures that all bottled water sold in the United States meets these stringent standards. In addition, members of the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), who produce about 85% of the bottled water sold in the United States, must meet strict industry standards established by the association. These standards, contained in the IBWA "Model Code," exceed the FDA regulations currently in place for bottled water. To ensure that all their bottled Water is as safe as possible and of the highest quality, all IBWA members use one or more of the following multi-barrier practices: source protection and monitoring, reverse osmosis, distillation, filtration, ozonation and disinfection. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), bottled water has never been responsible for an outbreak of waterborne illness.|
|How is bottled water different from tap water?||TOP|
Bottled water is different from tap water in many different ways. The big difference between the two is the source of the water. While municipalities generally draw their water supply from surface water which may be subject to contamination, most bottled water (more than 75%) comes from protected, underground sources.
Another noticeable difference is the fact that bottled water does not contain any chlorine. In place of chlorine, some bottlers use ozone, a form of oxygen or ultraviolet light as the final disinfecting agent. Chlorinated water sometimes contains an off taste, and many consumers prefer the taste of bottled water where no trace of chlorine is found.
|I've read about the parasite Cryptosporidium being found in tap water. What is it?||TOP|
|Cryptosporidium is a waterborne parasite that lives in animals and can be passed into the water through their waste. Cryptosporidium oocysts from animal wastes have been found in rivers, streams, lakes, reservoirs and many other types of surface water.|
|How do I know that Cryptosporidium is not in my bottled water?||TOP|
For starters, bottled water companies are required to use approved sources.
There are two types of sources from which bottled water can be drawn; the first type are natural sources (i.e., springs and wells). By law, these sources must be protected from surface intrusion and other enviornmental influences. This requirement ensures that surface water contaminants such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia are not present.
The second source water type is approved potable municipal supplies. Bottled water companies that use these sources reprocess this water using methods such as distillation, reverse osmosis, deionization and filtration. This ensures that the finished product is very different – in composition and taste – from the original source water.
All IBWA member companies that use municipal supplies are encouraged to employ at least one of the three processing methods recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for effective removal of microbial (surface water) contaminants, including Cryptosporidium. These processing methods are reverse osmosis, one micron absolute filtration, and distillation.
|Is bottled water regulated?||TOP|
The bottled water industry is regulated on four levels: federal, state, industry association and individual company. Federal regulations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) coupled with state and industry standards, offer consumers assurance that the bottled water they purchase is stringently regulated, tested, and of the highest quality. The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) has been a long-standing proponent of additional federal regulations for bottled water and has been very active at all levels of local, state and federal government assisting in the development of such regulations.
|Do imported waters have to meet the same federal, state, and industry regulations as bottled water?||TOP|
|Yes. Any imported bottled water sold in the United States must meet all of the same regulations as domestically produced bottled water.|
|Is bottled water regulated differently from tap water?||TOP|
|Yes. Bottled water is regulated by FDA as a food product and must meet all applicable food packaging regulations. Tap water is regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and is regarded as a utility.|
|Does bottled water contain any chlorine or harmful chemicals?||TOP|
|How long can I store bottled water?||TOP|
|The Food and Drug Administration has not established a shelf life for bottled water. Bottled water can be used indefinitely if stored properly.|
|What is the proper way to store bottled water?||TOP|
|Bottled water should be stored in a cool (i.e., room temperature), dry environment, away from chemicals such as household cleaning products, and away from solvents such as gasoline, paint thinners, and other toxic materials.|
|How can I find out if the bottled water that I drink is a member of IBWA?||TOP|
|The easiest way to find out if your favorite bottled water brand is a member of IBWA is to Call 1-800-WATER-11 (1-800-928-3711) You can then receive a list of all IBWA-member brands. You can also contact this number if you have any other questions or if you would like to receive more information about bottled water.|
|What is IBWA?||TOP|
|The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is the trade association representing the bottled water industry.Founded in 1958, IBWA's member companies produce and distribute 85 percent of the bottled water sold in the United States. Our membership includes U.S. and international bottlers, distributors and suppliers.|
|How Should I clean my Water Cooler?||TOP|
For the highest quality and best tasting water, follow this simple process every 1 to 3 months when you change your bottle: