Government Accountability Office questions whether bottled water regulation is sufficient

Do you think bottled water is safer than Minneapolis tap water? It may surprise you to know that local tap water must meet stricter federal regulations than bottled. However, there’s talk in Washington D.C. about having bottled water meet the same requirements as tap.

Minneapolis tap water is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency, and meets or surpasses all guidelines for safety. Every year, the City releases a report detailing what required tests found in our water.

Bottled water, which is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, must disclose nutritional information and ingredients, but not the same level of testing that Minneapolis tap shares with you every year.

This week, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit research and advocacy organization, released reports to a congressional subcommittee. Among other things, those reports called for bottled water to offer the same level of information about its content that Minneapolis and other municipal water utilities must provide. Read the story online .

To see the GAO report on bottled water regulations, go to www.tapmpls.com.

July 9, 2009

Published Jul 9, 2009

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