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ProblemBottled water has become a 4 billion-a-year business in the United states Millions of consumers use bottled water as there primary source of drinking water Although most bottled water is of good quality some bottled water contains bacterial contaminants Reassurances from the water industrys spokesmen that bottled water is totally safe is falseSummary of FindingsCommissioned by the National Resources Defense Commission this report analyzes tests of bottled water The tests showed that most bottled water is not contaminated however after testing more then 1000 bottles we found that about one fourth were contaminated at levels violating many states limits Bottled water contaminated with microbes may raise public health issues and todays consumers are rightfully concerned There are government bottled water regulations and programs that have serious deficiencys Under the FDAs control the regulation of most bottled water is left to ill-equipped and understaffed state governments In spite of the fact that voluntary bottled water industry controls are commendable They are an inadequate substitute for strong government rules FDA officials has stated that bottled water regulation carries a low priority In addition the marketing of bottled water can be misleading However the long term solution to drinking water problems are to fix tap water rather than switching to bottled waterRecommendationsBased on our tests and analysis we submit the following reccomendations1 Fix tap water quality so that consumers will not resort to bottled water2 Establish the publics right to know about the contents of bottled water3 Require FDA inspections of all bottling facilities and thier water sources4 Institute a penny per bottle fee to ensure bottled water safety5 Bottled water certification should be established
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