Bacteria In Bottled Water ~ Why Not?

Bottled Water: Pure Drink or Pure Hype?


Bottled Water Storage and Growth of Microorganisms
Bottled water often is stored at relatively warm (room) temperatures for extended periods of time, generally with no residual disinfectant contained in it. As noted in the Technical Report (print report only) and shown in Figure 8, several studies have documented that there can be substantial growth of certain bacteria in bottled mineral water during storage, with substantial increases in some cases in the levels of types such as heterotrophic-plate-count-bacteria and Pseudomonas. [100] Studies also have shown that even when there are relatively low levels of bacteria in water when it is bottled, after one week of storage, total bacteria counts can jump by 1,000-fold or more in mineral water. [101]

High level of bacteria found in bottled water in Canada

(Credit: iStockphoto/Clint Scholz)

American Society for Microbiology
May 26, 2010 

A Montreal study finds heterotrophic bacteria counts, in more than 70 percent of bottled water samples, exceed the recommended limits specified by the United States Pharmacopeia.

Bottled water has high level of bacteria, researchers find

Canadian researchers tested nearly a dozen brands of bottled water and discovered that 70 per cent had high levels of heterotrophic bacteria.
(Sami Siva/The Globe and Mail)

The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, May. 25 2010, 7:22 PM EDT
Last updated Thursday, Aug. 23 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

Another strike against bottled water.

New findings show that several types of bottled water sold in Canada contain high levels of bacteria, raising questions about the cleanliness and quality of bottling plants.

The health concerns add to the backlash against plastic-bottled water that has led several cities and school boards to impose bans.

Some bottled water just as contaminated as tap water: study

The Associated Press
Posted: Oct 15, 2008 12:12 AM ET
Last Updated: Oct 15, 2008 1:35 PM ET

Tests on leading brands of U.S. bottled water turned up a variety of contaminants, including cancer-linked chemicals three times higher than California's health standard, according to a study released Wednesday by an environmental advocacy group.

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