Congressional investigators and nonprofit researchers say, consumers know less about the bottled water they purchase then free tap water because they are both regulated differently.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO), an advocacy organization and a nonprofit research group, suggest bottled water be labeled with the same level of information as required by municipal water providers.
Researchers urge Americans to make bottled water “a distant choice” to filtered tap water because there isn’t enough information about bottled water. However, the EWG recommends purifying tap water with a commercial filter.
In October, The Environmental Working Group released a report that found some bottled waters are “no different than that of tap water.”
Pain medication, fertilizer residue and other various chemicals were found in major brands of bottled water.