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water is the fastest growing drink choice in the United States, and Americans
spend billions of dollars each year to buy it (Beverage Marketing Corporation,
2004) Some people drink bottled water as an alternative to other beverages;
others drink it because they prefer its taste or think it is safer than
their tap water.
Previously, we have talked about several sources of the bottled water. The
following terms are frequently used on bottled water labels to describe
the water’s characteristics, sources, and methods of treatment. To
learn about the quality of bottled water, begin by reading the label. In
addition to the volume of water, any pertinent nutritional claims, and any
contact information for the bottler, the label may include the type of bottled
water, its source, and the way in which it is treated. For more specific
information, you may need to contact the bottler directly.
water, ground water, spring water, well water - water from an
underground aquifer which may or my not be treated. Well water and artesian
water are tapped through a well. Spring water is collected as it flows
to the surface or via a borehole. Ground water can be either.
water - steam from boiling water is recondensed and bottled.
Distilling water kills microbes and removes water’s natural minerals,
giving it a flat taste.
water – water intended for human consumption and sealed
in bottles or other containers with no ingredients except that it may
optionally contain safe and suitable disinfectants. Fluoride may be
added within limitations set in the bottled water quality standards.
water – Ground water that naturally contains 250 or more
parts per million of total dissolved solids.
water - water that originates from any source but has been treated
to meet the U.S. Pharmacopeia definition of purified water. Purified
water is essentially free of all chemicals (it must not contain more
than 10 parts per million of total dissolved solids), and may also be
free of microbes if treated by distillation or reverse osmosis. Purified
water may alternately be labeled according to how it is treated.
water - water that originates from any source, but has been
treated to meet the U.S. Pharmacopeia standards for sterilization. Sterilized
water is free from all microbes.
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