It has been revealed that bottled water manufacturers are not required to disclose as much information as companies that oversee tap water.
The Food and Drug Association oversees bottled water, and the U.S. EPA oversees tap water. This week, John Stephenson of the Government Accountability Office told a House panel that the FDA doesn’t have as much regulatory authority as the EPA.
According to the New York Times, the Safe Drinking Water Act gives the EPA the right to carry out lab tests on tap water. Meanwhile, the FDA has no such power. They regulate bottled water as a food, and they don’t even require manufacturers to tell them where their water comes from.
In a survey of 188 brands of bottled water, only two of them said they provided this information to their consumers.
I don’t know about you, but I’m switching to tap water.