This information is likely old hat to those in the food industry, but a recent article on MSNBC discusses the labeling and testing of water:

Bottled water is highly regulated as a packaged food product by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and subject to FDA’s extensive food safety, labeling and inspection requirements. By law, the FDA Standard of Quality for bottled water requires that regulations for bottled water are at least as stringent and protective of public health, according to the International Bottled Water Organization.

Municipal water is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency, with frequent testing performed by the agency and local authorities. American Waterworks Director Jack Hoffbauer says that “over 90 percent of the water utilities in this country comply with the EPA regulations and there’s no tougher regulations in the world.”

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