Has this ever happened to you? You have company over and are trying to be polite. You offer them a beverage: coffee, tea, pop? “No, water is fine.” As you take a glass and began to fill it from the tap, you see your guest scrunch their nose. “Actually, I’m not thirsty, but thank you.” Some people believe tap water is unsafe, and that bottled water is safer because the companies who produce it have more regulations. But where do these bottling companies get their water? And how is bottled water regulated compared to how your tap water is regulated?
One of the main differences between bottled water and tap water is the regulatory office that oversees its production. It’s the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) responsibility to make sure that your tap water is safe. The EPA also puts together your annual water quality report. Bottled water is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because it is sold as a food product. Both the FDA and the EPA have stringent regulations for the safety of its water, and acknowledge each other’s standards.