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Environmental Working Group Study (2008) Tested 10 major brands of bottled water, found 38 pollutants. Reports that some bottled waters are nothing more than filtered tap water:
Environmental Working Group Study (2011) Survey of 173 bottled waters “Scorecard for Transparency” States that bottled water manufacturers are not required to disclose how they treat their water, or what contaminants have been found in it to the public.
FDA: Bottled Water Regulation (2002) explains what the FDA tests bottled water for, and what the standards are: http://www.fda.gov/food/foodsafety/product-specificinformation/bottledwatercarbonatedsoftdrinks/ucm077079.htm
FDA Consumer Update on bottled water safety. (2010) discusses what the FDA regulates including contaminant levels, adding fluoride to bottled water: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm203620.htm
FDA statement: (2002) “bottled water plants generally are assigned low priority for inspection” http://www.fda.gov/food/foodsafety/product-specificinformation/bottledwatercarbonatedsoftdrinks/ucm077079.htm
Journal of General Internal Medicine: (2001) Comparison of the mineral content of tap water and bottled waters. Study found that North American bottled mineral waters generally contained high levels of sodium. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1495189/ (Retrieved from PubMed Central)
Effect of raising pH on the taste of alkaline electrolyzed water http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17995745 PubMed Central (2007)
Health risks from drinking demineralised water (including water made by Reverse Osmosis) World Health Organization, (2004) www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/nutdemineralized.pdf