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Who regulates bottled water and what are the standards?

Bottled water and bottling water is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), although the FDA follows drinking water quality standards set by EPA.

The following Web sites should collectively help to provide the information you are seeking:

EPA Office of Water - Laws & Regulations:

FDA - Bottled Water Regulations, Rules, and Reports: 


FDA - Title 21, Part 129 of the Code of Federal Regulations - Processing and Bottling of Bottled Drinking Water:

You may contact the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition for more information. Contact information is listed on the following Web page:

For more information about local drinking water quality; drinking water standards; public drinking water systems; source water protection; large capacity residential septic systems; commercial and industrial septic systems; injection wells; and drainage wells, we recommend that you contact EPA's Safe Drinking Water Hotline.

Phone: 1-800-426-4791
Hours of operation: M-F, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm EST (except Federal holidays).

You may also wish to view Bottled Water frequent questions from the Ground Water & Drinking Water customer service portal on the following Web page. Simply click on Bottled Water on the left side-bar.
You may also submit a question by clicking on Ask a Question on the home page.

International Bottled Water Association, http://www.bottledwater.org Exit EPA Disclaimer

External Links Disclaimer: Please be aware that links to non-EPA sites do not imply any official EPA endorsement. Furthermore, EPA does not accept any responsibility for the opinions, ideas, data or products presented at those locations, or guarantee the validity of the information provided. EPA does not guarantee the suitability of the information for any specific purpose.

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  • Topic #: 23002-24781
  • Date Created: 7/13/2004
  • Last Modified Since: 2/5/2014
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