America's Favorite Packaged Drink

America’s Favorite

Packaged Drink

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Fully Regulated by the FDA

Zero Calories

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Recyclable (Even the Caps)

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Fully Regulated by the FDA

Zero Calories

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Recyclable (Even the Caps)

—WHAT WE FOCUS ON

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is the authoritative source of information about all types of bottled waters, including spring, mineral, purified, artesian, and sparkling. Founded in 1958, IBWA’s membership includes U.S. and international bottlers, distributors, and suppliers.

IBWA is committed to working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates bottled water as a packaged food product, to establish comprehensive and stringent standards for safe, high-quality bottled water. In addition to FDA regulations, IBWA member bottlers must adhere to the IBWA Bottled Water Code of Practice, which mandates additional standards and practices that in some cases are more stringent than federal and state regulations. A key feature of the IBWA Bottled Water Code of Practice is a mandatory annual plant inspection by an independent, third-party organization.

Environment

The bottled water industry is a strong supporter of our environment and our natural resources. Bottled water companies manage resources responsibly by investing in technology and practices that improve water quality and conservation. Bottled water’s environmental footprint is the lowest of any packaged beverage. Research shows that bottled water is the most environmentally responsible packaged drink choice.

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Responsible Water User

Did you know that out of all the water used in the United States each year, bottled water accounts for only 0.01%? You can find numerous false reports on the internet stating that the bottled water industry is using up available water supplies and selling products for big profits. The truth is that the bottled water industry cares deeply about protecting water resources generally, but especially in the communities where they have invested.

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Health

One of the simplest healthy lifestyle changes you can make is to drink water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages. In today’s on-the-go society, where most of what we drink comes in a package, bottled water is the smart choice to help eliminate or moderate calories, sugar, caffeine, artificial flavors or colors, and other ingredients from your diet.

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Emergency Response

Clean, safe water is a critical need for citizens and first responders immediately following a natural disaster or other catastrophic event. Unfortunately, the availability of water from public water systems is often compromised in the aftermath of such an event. During these times, bottled water is the best option to deliver clean safe drinking water quickly into affected areas.

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—WHAT WE FOCUS ON
The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is the authoritative source of information about all types of bottled waters, including spring, mineral, purified, artesian, and sparkling. Founded in 1958, IBWA’s membership includes U.S. and international bottlers, distributors, and suppliers. IBWA is committed to working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates bottled water as a packaged food product, to establish comprehensive and stringent standards for safe, high-quality bottled water. In addition to FDA regulations, IBWA member bottlers must adhere to the IBWA Bottled Water Code of Practice, which mandates additional standards and practices that in some cases are more stringent than federal and state regulations. A key feature of the IBWA Bottled Water Code of Practice is a mandatory annual plant inspection by an independent, third-party organization.

Environment

The bottled water industry is a strong supporter of our environment and our natural resources. Bottled water companies manage resources responsibly by investing in technology and practices that improve water quality and conservation. Bottled water’s environmental footprint is the lowest of any packaged beverage. Research shows that bottled water is the most environmentally responsible packaged drink choice.

Learn More

Responsible Water User

Did you know that out of all the water used in the United States each year, bottled water accounts for only 0.01%? You can find numerous false reports on the internet stating that the bottled water industry is using up available water supplies and selling products for big profits. The truth is that the bottled water industry cares deeply about protecting water resources generally, but especially in the communities where they have invested.

Learn More

Health

One of the simplest healthy lifestyle changes you can make is to drink water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages. In today’s on-the-go society, where most of what we drink comes in a package, bottled water is the smart choice to help eliminate or moderate calories, sugar, caffeine, artificial flavors or colors, and other ingredients from your diet.

Learn More

Emergency Response

Clean, safe water is a critical need for citizens and first responders immediately following a natural disaster or other catastrophic event. Unfortunately, the availability of water from public water systems is often compromised in the aftermath of such an event. During these times, bottled water is the best option to deliver clean safe drinking water quickly into affected areas.

Learn More

TYPES OF BOTTLED WATER
Today, most consumers get their bottled water from these main sources:

Spring Water

is water derived from an underground formation from which water flows naturally to the surface of the earth.

Purified Water

is water that has been produced by distillation, deionization, reverse osmosis, or other suitable processes while meeting the definition of purified water in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia.

Mineral Water

is natural water containing not less than 250 parts per million total dissolved solids.

Sparkling Bottled Water

is water that, after treatment and possible replacement with carbon dioxide, contains the same amount of carbon dioxide that is had as it emerged from the source.

Artesian Water/Artesian Well Water

is water from a well that taps a confined aquifer (a water-bearing underground layer of rock or sand) in which the water level stands at some height above the top of the aquifer.

Well Water

is water from a hole bored, drilled, or otherwise constructed in the ground, which taps the water aquifer.

As the U.S. response to COVID-19 evolves, IBWA is here to help members navigate the changes—and provide consumers answers to FAQs. Learn More

POLICIES
H2O is the simple chemical formula for water; however, running a bottled water business—and yes, a bottled water association—involves a number of issues that seem complicated—but the facts provided below should help explain them.

Groundwater Management

Bottled water companies work hard to protect the environment and play an important role in promoting groundwater management.

Bottled Water Safety & Security

IBWA is dedicated to ensuring the safety and quality of bottled water. IBWA is committed to preventing potential adverse events, both natural and man-made, through monitoring and testing, risk assessment, appropriate controls and procedures, and diligence.

Bottled Water Labeling

IBWA supports a uniform, comprehensive system of labeling standards for bottled water at the national level that fully protects the public health and allows consumers easy access to clear and accurate information regarding bottled water.

Bottled Water Taxation

IBWA supports tax policies that promote bottled water job development, business investment in communities, and the development of bottled water resources. IBWA opposes all taxes, surcharges, fees, and levies specifically targeted against bottled water.

Bottled Water Packaging

IBWA is dedicated to the comprehensive management of bottled water packaging to provide the highest quality, cost effective, and environmentally responsible containers possible.

Environment

The bottled water industry demonstrates solid environmental leadership when it comes to water conservation and efficiency. Even with continuing growth and increased consumption, bottled water still has the smallest water and energy use footprint of any packaged beverage.

Groundwater Management

Bottled water companies work hard to protect the environment and play an important role in promoting groundwater management.

Bottled Water Safety & Security

IBWA is dedicated to ensuring the safety and quality of bottled water. IBWA is committed to preventing potential adverse events, both natural and man-made, through monitoring and testing, risk assessment, appropriate controls and procedures, and diligence.

Bottled Water Labeling

IBWA supports a uniform, comprehensive system of labeling standards for bottled water at the national level that fully protects the public health and allows consumers easy access to clear and accurate information regarding bottled water.

Bottled Water Labeling

IBWA supports a uniform, comprehensive system of labeling standards for bottled water at the national level that fully protects the public health and allows consumers easy access to clear and accurate information regarding bottled water.

Bottled Water Packaging

IBWA is dedicated to the comprehensive management of bottled water packaging to provide the highest quality, cost effective, and environmentally responsible containers possible.

Environment

The bottled water industry demonstrates solid environmental leadership when it comes to water conservation and efficiency. Even with continuing growth and increased consumption, bottled water still has the smallest water and energy use footprint of any packaged beverage.
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–PRESS RELEASES

IBWA Announces 2023-2024 Officers and Board of Directors

International Bottled Water AssociationNEWS RELEASE September 13, 2023 IBWA Announces 2023-2024 Officers and Board of Directors  Las Vegas, NV – The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) has announced its 2023-2024 officers and Board of Directors. IBWA...

PFAS and Bottled Water Fact Sheet

For News Editors and Health Reporters PFAS and Bottled Water Recent media attention about PFAS in tap water has resulted in a few articles being published with incorrect information about the quality and safety of bottled water. Provided below are the facts about PFAS...

Prepare emergency kits now as hurricane season begins

Alexandria, VA – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted normal activity for this year’s hurricane season, which begins on June 1. The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is advising those who live in hurricane-prone...

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