Bottled Water Guide
Once upon a time, long, long ago, food was food and water was just water … but not anymore. Water, that element that is so very essential for survival, can no longer be taken for granted. Even though water is the clear choice (or should be), the choices available today are not always so clear. In the United States alone, more than 500 domestic and imported bottled waters are now available, and new brands continue to appear. There are some things you should consider.
Not All Bottled Water is Made the Same
Mountain Valley is a natural spring source originating deep from within the earth’s surface. It is consistently tested, stringently regulated and of the highest quality. The Mountain Valley bottling facility is regulated on four levels: federal, state, industry association and individual company.
Mountain Valley Spring Water meets and/or exceeds these stringent levels of quality control and packing procedures. We are a member of the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), and we adhere to the IBWA Model Code of Bottle Water Regulations. Our water is inspected by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF).
Read the Label.
It’s in a bottle and sealed. Must be better for you, right? Not necessarily. Most bottled water (more than 75%) comes from protected, underground sources and is much less likely to harbor contaminants. However, in the past, inexpensive bottled water found its way into many stores, homes and offices. The FDA's new regulations clearly define the various types of bottled water available and, in most cases, the water’s source.
Remember, not everything that looks like water is water. If a product contains natural or artificial sweeteners, it’s a soft drink. The same rule applies to products with added flavoring, extracts or essences.
The FDA’s Bottled Water Categories Are:
- Artesian Water
- Deionized Water
- Well Water
- Reverse Osmosis
- Mineral Water
- De-mineralized Water
- Distilled Water
- Natural Water
- Purified Water
- Sparkling Bottled Water
- Drinking Water
- Spring Water