You know those people who refuse to drink anything but bottled water? They think that is the ONLY way to guarantee that it's clean and healthy. But they couldn't be more wrong! The table below shows some basic differences between the regulations of the two (Source: EHSO - Environmental Health and Safety Online)...
|Some Key Differences Between EPA Tap Water and FDA Bottled Water Rules|
|Water Type||Disinfection Required?||Confirmed E. Coli & Fecal Coliform Banned?||Testing Frequency for Bacteria||Must Filter to Remove Pathogens, or Have Strictly Protected Source?||Must Test forCryptosporidium, Giardia, Viruses?||Testing Frequency for Most Synthetic Organic Chemicals|
|Big City Tap Water (using surface water)||Yes||Yes||Hundreds/ month||Yes||Yes||1/quarter|
(limited waivers available if clean source)