Frequent Questions

What are the types of contaminants for which bottled water is tested?

Bottled water is tested for two types of contaminants: aesthetic and health-related.

Aesthetic contaminants affect the taste, odor, or color of the water. Aesthetic contaminants include:

o   Inorganic parameters such as iron or sulfate, and

o   Physical characteristics such as pH.

Health-related contaminants may affect the health of consumers. Health-related contaminants include:

o   Inorganic parameters such as arsenic or nitrate;

o   Volatile organic chemicals like benzene;

o   Chlorination byproducts;

o   Herbicides;

o   Pesticides;

o   Radionuclides, and

o   Coliform bacteria.


More info on bottled water contaminants is available on the NSF International web site.

 

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