We are often asked what the differences are between the various bottled waters. So I decided to explain it here.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has established a Standard Of Identity that defines the different types of bottled water based on specific product characteristics. Bottled-water products meeting the Standard Of Identity may be labeled as bottled water or drinking water, or one or more of the following terms:
- Artesian Water/Artesian Well Water – Ground water from a well that taps a confined aquifer (a water-bearing underground layer of rock or sand) in which the water level stands at some height above the top of the aquifer.
- Well Water – Ground water from a hole bored, drilled or otherwise constructed in the ground, which taps the water aquifer.
- Spring Water – Bottled water from an underground formation from which water flows naturally to the surface of the earth. Spring water must…
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