Bottled and Packaged Water
Many consumers find a need for the convenience and portability of bottled water and water beverages. In fact, they now play an important and healthy role in our nation’s hydration. The term “bottled water” actually applies to a number of different beverage products, such as, spring water, purified water, mineral water, and packaged water. There are mainly two styles of bottled water: sparkling, and still water. Sparkling or carbonated water is usually consumed as a refreshment beverage, while still or non-sparkling waters are consumed as drinking water. Consumers across the world choose bottled water as an alternative to other packaged beverages when they are looking for an unsweetened, clean tasting, natural product. They also choose bottled water because they are not always satisfied with the aesthetic qualities (e.g., taste, odor, color) of their tap water. We are fortunate in Australia and New Zealand to have a safe water supply but, convenience and circumstances often cause bottled water to be a favourite choice.
Australasian Bottled Water Institute (ABWI)
The Australasian Bottled Water Institute (ABWI) is the dedicated water division of the Australian Beverages Council, and the authoritative source of information about all types of bottled waters. ABWI is committed to working with the Australia New Zealand Food Authority (FSANZ), which regulates bottled water as a packaged food product, as well as with state governments to set stringent standards for the safety and quality of water products. Additionally, ABWI requires member bottlers to adhere to the ABWI Bottled Water Model Code, which mandates additional standards and practices that, in some cases, are more stringent than federal and state regulations. A key feature of the ABWI Model Code is an annual plant inspection by an independent third party organization. The numerous federal and state regulations and standards already in place, coupled with the bottled water industry’s use of enhanced learning systems, help to ensure the security of our products and our consumer’s trust.
In addition, the bottled water industry has provided millions of servings in response to disasters such as Asian Tsunamis, the cyclones in Queensland, and countless other emergencies that have interrupted the delivery of safe drinking water. While governments and the private sector work to find solutions for the provision of clean drinking water in underserved communities around the world, bottled water is sometimes the most efficient and cost effective means of delivering clean, sanitary drinking water to communities in need.
More facts about bottled water regulations, safety, and other reasons for consumer bottled water choice are available on this web site and at www.ourbottledwater.org.au Consumers have a right to information that may help them make balanced decisions about their drinking water and beverage choices.)