“When Perrier first entered the country in the 1970’s, few would have predicted the heights to which bottled water would eventually climb,” said Michael Bellas, chairman and chief executive officer, Beverage Marketing Corp., in a Reuters article in 2017.
We tell you time and time again here at Premium Waters that you should be drinking more water. It’s hard to fathom today, but just 20 years ago Americans were drinking, on average, 54 gallons of soda a year, compared to only 42 gallons of water. We’re thrilled that those numbers have almost completely flip-flopped and in 2016 bottled water surpassed carbonated soft drinks to become the largest beverage category in the U.S., according to the research and consulting firm Beverage Marketing Corp.
All of that is great news as the health benefits of drinking lots of water are innumerable, while the health benefits of drinking soda are slightly less than the number used in the chemical formula H2O. Bottled water is a healthy and convenient way to drink more water each day—we recommend at least a half a gallon each day.
So How Do You Know If Your Bottled Water is Healthy?
Quality is something we don’t take lightly at Premium Waters. We all love what we do and we have a lot of fun doing it, but when it comes to our consumer’s good health, we’re very serious. When it comes to bottled water quality, Premium Waters means business. We maintain high standards with protected sources, rigorous purification processes, reliable sanitization and testing procedures, and strict quality control measures. All of our plants operate under the strict HACCP plans and standards set by the United States Food and Drug Administration.
One of our goals at Premium Waters is to continuously improve our Food Safety Management Systems and Quality Systems to ensure confidence in the delivery of safe and clean water products to customers and consumers. To this end, we regularly undergo audits and inspections that include:
- In-house testing and independent labs ensure continuous compliance with all federal and state regulations
- Water chemistry tests and packaging quality tests are performed regularly by operators, technicians, and automated systems
- Third-party tests are regularly conducted through samples and independent test labs
- Plants are regularly audited by third-party auditors such as the International Bottled Water Association, the Safe Quality Food Institute, and Eurofins
Standards of quality enacted by the FDA for bottled water must be as protective of the public health as EPA’s Primary Drinking Water Standards (known as Maximum Contaminant Levels) for tap water. Ensuring the safety of the water is our primary objective in providing our bottled water products to our customers.
At Premium Waters we’ll always tell you that you should be drinking more water. Your body is made up of 60% water, so it only makes sense that adding to that supply each day leads to more health and vitality. We’ll always stress the value of drinking high-quality water; water that’s sourced responsibly and passes rigorous testing. From source to bottle, we’re proud of the responsibility we take in providing our customers the very best!