bottled water options in the san francisco bay area

Did you know
that there’s a podcast about bottled water? The International Bottled Water
Association (IBWA) recently launched the podcast titled H2O In The Know.
Each episode focuses on different water related topics including the current
science on hydration, how to increase recycling rates, standards and
regulations, and the taste of different types of waters. 

Jull Culora,
IBWA Vice President of Communication, recently shared that “H2O In The Know
offers consumers a great new way to learn interesting facts and stories about
water, especially bottled water.” Let’s take a quick look at some of the
questions that were discussed in the first episode. 

Before we get
to the first question, you might be wondering what any of this has to do with
you, a San Francisco Bay Area consumer. The answer is…a lot. 

Humans need
water to survive. Research has shown that humans can last three maybe four days
without consuming any water. But, that doesn’t mean that every bit of water on
the earth is safe to be consumed. To understand if a certain type of water is
good for human consumption, it is important to know more about that type of
water. For the bottled water industry, specifically, the answers to the
following questions will help San Francisco Bay Area consumers learn more about
what they are drinking, and when it comes to things we consume, more knowledge
is definitely better.

Are there
regulations for bottled water?

The short answer is yes, there are. Bottled water is regulated at both the federal and state level and is considered a packaged food product by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In fact, the FDA regulations governing the safety and quality are as stringent as the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulations that govern tap water.

bottled water options in san francisco bay area

Are there
standards that pertain to only bottled water?

Again, the
answer is yes. For the standards that focus on bottled water, the FDA has
divided them into the following groups.

  • Standards of Identity: regulations that define the different types of bottled water
  • Standards of Quality: regulations that set maximum levels for contaminants that are allowed
  • Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP): regulations that set manufacturing parameters to ensure that food, including snack and beverages, is healthy to consume.

What
 types of bottled water are available?

Per the FDA, there are six different types of bottled water available. They are spring water, purified water, mineral water, sparkling bottled water, artesian water or artesian well water, and well water. To help San Francisco Bay Area consumers know which type of water they have, the FDA also requires that each type of water be clearly printed on the label of each bottle of water. 

Now that you’re aware of some of the regulations and standards, use this information to help your San Francisco Bay Area employees by removing a potential concern that they shouldn’t have to think about during their day. Provide them with healthy vending machine beverages and snacks in their break room. For an extra bonus for your employees, offer snacks and beverages at a reduced or zero cost. Not only will they be hydrated and satiated, but morale will get a boost too.

For more information about offering healthy snacks and beverages in your workplace break room, contact PVS Refreshments at 844.527.4800. We’ll help you create a customized, healthy menu that is sure to please everyone.