Drinking Water Quality
Producing crisp, refreshing, great-tasting drinking water is harder than it looks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates bottled water products under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act1, which means we're required to meet stringent standards for quality and safety. DS Services bottled water products: regional brands including Alhambra®, Belmont Springs®, Crystal Springs®, Deep Rock ®, Hinckley Springs®, Kentwood Springs®, Mount Olympus®, Sierra Springs® and Sparkletts®; and our national brands, Athena® water and Nursery® water, meet or exceed these standards, something we prove in certified laboratory tests.
Only Quality Bottled Drinking Water for You
Not just any water makes it into our bottles. We go through multiple, closely monitored processing steps to ensure every container meets or exceeds our high-quality standards.
Federal, state and industry bottled water quality standards establish limits for microbiological, physical, chemical and radiological substances for both source water and bottled water products.2 Under federal Good Manufacturing Processes, only approved sources of drinking water can supply a bottling plant.
The FDA regulates bottled water as a food product under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). All bottled water products must comply with the FDA's Quality Standards listed in Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR).2 These include:
- Standards of identity regulations to define different types of bottled water2
- Standards of quality regulations that establish allowable levels of chemical, physical, microbial and radiological contaminants2
- Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) regulations for processing and bottling3
- Labeling regulations4
State Bottled Drinking Water Standards
Bottled drinking water regulations vary from state to state. In general they cover:
- Setting quality standards
- Laboratory certification
- Plant inspections
- Issuing bottling plant permits
- Approving drinking water sources
- Reviewing bottled water product labeling
Bottled Drinking Water Industry Standards
The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) maintains a strict Bottled Water Code of Practice for its members.6 As a member of IBWA, Alhambra meets or exceeds these bottled drinking water quality standards, by complying with the following requirements:
- Annual plant inspections by third-party, independent auditors to ensure compliance with all applicable federal, state and industry bottled drinking water quality regulations.
- Adherence to the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) Program
For more information about IBWA and the IBWA Code of Practice, visit bottledwater.org or call IBWA at 800-WATER-11.
Our Bottled Water Quality Reports
The following reports were conducted by certified labs on our bottled water quality. The analyses include bottled drinking water quality test results for inorganic, organic and radiological substances as well as physical parameters.
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|1||Bottled Drinking Water Standards, Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, 21 USC 349, s. 410,
|2||Regulation of Bottled Water, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Title 21 Part 165|
|3||Regulation of Bottled Water, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Title 21 Part 110|
|4||Regulation of Bottled Water, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Title 21 Part 130|
|6||Bottled Water Code of Practice, International Bottled Water Association, IBWA Code of Practice 2012|