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. 

Regulations, Policies, & Guidelines
Guidance Documents
External Resources

 

Regulations, Policies, & Guidelines

 

Guidance Documents

  • 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 doc format of 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 pdf format of Bottled Water: US EPA Definition of Human Consumption
doc format of 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.

 

External Resources