MassDEP does not regulate bottled water. Bottled water is regulated as a food in Massachusetts, with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) holding regulatory authority. We provide some informational resources on the topic here.
- Drinking Water Policy 91-09: Use of Bottled Water by Public Water Suppliers
Department of Public Health: Bottled Water
The Department of Public Health website includes information on licensing bottlers, safety testing, lists of bottled water sources, and Massachusetts regulations relating to bottled water and other beverages.
Proper Care of Bottled Water & Dispensers for Schools
MassDEP's recommendations for maintenance of water coolers and bottled water dispensers in schools, to ensure high quality and prevent disease outbreaks.
Color, Taste, and Odor: What you should know
These aesthetic issues with tap water could be indicators of a problem with the supply. This fact sheet describes the problems and what the consumer can do. Using bottled water as either a short- or long-term alternative to tap water is one solution. August 2005.
Drinking Water Health & Safety
Resources on drinking water health and safety, including information on home treatment, common contaminants, public health issues, water testing, and more.
Bottled Water: US EPA Definition of Human Consumption
US EPA Memorandum clarifying the system status of a non-transient non-community water system which supplies piped water for lavatories and sinks but bottled water for human consumption.
US EPA: Drinking Water Consumer Information
Resources on a variety of drinking water topics, including water quality, public health, dealing with emergencies, and more.
US EPA Multimedia Center: "Tap Water vs. Bottled Water"
This video on EPA's website discusses the issues surrounding the tap vs. bottled water debate, including the health, economic and environmental impact of both.
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): Issues - Bottled Water
The National Resources Defense Council's Q&A on bottled water sources, safety, and environmental impacts, particularly the composition and disposal of bottles.
US Food & Drug Administration: Bottled Water Everywhere: Keeping It Safe
While US EPA regulates water supply safety, the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the bottled-water industry. This FDA page is a useful outline of basic information on bottled water types, sources, and safety.
US Food & Drug Administration: Bottled Water Regulation
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration regulates bottled water as a food. This web page provides links to Federal regulations and rules governing bottled water and allowable levels of certain chemicals in the water.