Regulations for the USA
The USA distinguishes between several types of water, each with its own definition.
Drinking water is bottled and obtained from an approved source. It has been filtered (e.g. with activated carbon or particulate) and has been treated with ozone or an equivalent disinfection process.
Usually, spring waters with Total Dissolved Solids between 50 mg/liter and 500 mg/liter are commonly known as Drinking Waters.
Bottled water that obtained from an underground spring or well. It may not come from a municipal or public water source. It is not blended with other water and no dissolved solids have been added or removed. Disinfection and filtration may still be used, though.
The FDA regulates Spring Water as follows:
The FDA regulates Mineral Water as follows:
Usually, only waters above 1000 mg/l are called 'Mineral - High Mineral Content'.
Note: this contrasts to the European definition, where all Natual Spring Waters with a TDS of 0 to 500 mg/liter are considederd Mineral with Low Mineral Content (or just mineral waters).
Water that is bottled from a hole drilled, bored or otherwise constructed in the ground which taps the water of an aquifier.
Purified water is bottled water that has been purified by means of distillation, deionization, reverse osmosis or other suitable processes.
Club Soda and Seltzer Water
They are not considered bottled water, but rather soft drinks.
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