What’s in Your Bottled Water? Toxins You Need to Watch Out For

Bottled water is supposed to be healthier than tap water, right?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain small amounts of some contaminants.

The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk.” It’s important to note, the EPA is only referring to water from municipal sources in that statement.

There are two kinds of bottled water on the market. One is repurposed municipal water while the other comes from a natural spring. It’s not that bottled water is less regulated than tap; it’s just regulated differently.

Tap water is regulated by the EPA while bottled water, including spring water, is considered a food product and regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Contamination in tap water is much more common because it’s purchased from a city’s municipal supply, cleaned and bottled by manufactures. Meaning, it runs a higher risk of contamination because of open aqueducts, reservoirs and surface water runoff.

And with misleading campaigns advertising “clear mountain spring water,” it’s difficult knowing if the product you’ve purchased is more or less purified than that of a garden hose.


Whether you’re making a quick run to the gas station or white labeling beverages for your business, here are 25 contaminants to watch out for whenever you’re purchasing bottled water.

  • Benzene
  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • Kerosene
  • Styrene
  • Mold
  • Algae
  • Yeast
  • Tetrahydrofuran
  • Sand
  • Fecal Coliform
  • Fluoride
  • Chlorine
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Arsenic
  • Perchlorate
  • Coliform
  • PCBs
  • Dioxins
  • DDT
  • HCB
  • Dacthal
  • MtBE
  • Glass Particles
  • Sanitizer

By no means is this a complete list of toxins, so it’s best to stay informed of water quality issues in your geographic area.

Water gets recalled, but how often do you actually hear about it? Dr. Peter Gleick shares, “There have been more than 100 recalls of contaminated water, often months after the products were delivered to store shelves.”

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), bottled water companies aren’t required to notify their customers of present contaminants – unlike public water resources. And in most states, companies don’t share with customers where their water comes from or how it’s purified.

Our team at Total Beverage Services proudly stands out from those companies, providing complete transparency in our products and purification process. Rather than using municipality water, we draw directly from our protected artesian aquifer to provide customers the purest form of water available. And through a stringent reverse osmosis and ozonation process, we further ensure its naturally clean and refreshing taste without the use of chemicals.

To learn more about our process or to discuss beverage needs for your business, reach out to us today at (405) 366-1344.