Packaged drinking water

Was having lunch with a couple of friends last weekend at a restaurant when the waiter asked if we wanted to be served mineral water or normal bottled water. Always knew that although we keep referring to bottled water as mineral water, there is a difference between the two. And so, wanted to find it what exactly it is.

As it turns out, packaged drinking water could be of multiple types depending on its source and composition and mineral water happens to be one of the types.

According to this report, water is classified as “bottled water” or “drinking water” if it meets all applicable central and state standards, is sealed in a sanitary container and is sold for human consumption. Bottled water cannot contain sweeteners or chemical additives (other than flavors, extracts or essences) and must be calorie-free and sugar-free. Beverages containing more than the one-percent-by-weight flavor limit are classified as soft drinks, not bottled water.

Also, for a particular brand to be certified as bottled water it requires approval on 4 levels namely the Central, the state, the trade association, and individual company levels.

As this website suggests, the various types of bottled water could be spring water, well water, sparkling water, purified water, artesian water and mineral water (Bottled water containing not less than 250 parts per million total dissolved solids may be labeled as mineral water. Mineral water is distinguished from other types of bottled water by its constant level and relative proportions of mineral and trace elements at the point of emergence from the source).


1 Response to “Packaged drinking water”

  1. 1 Swagata Basak
    September 8, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Great effort by two authors I know – Ms Smeeta Basak & Mr Siddharth Shah.

    Congratulations to the authors, Applause!!!

    Very well done & keep it up … will anxiously wait for your 1000th post .

    Wishing you all the best ……

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