Target: Margaret Hamburg, M.D., Commissioner for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Goal: Force the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to strictly regulate the production of bottled water for human consumption
If you can look past the flashy marketing for a moment, you’ll see that bottled water is no cleaner or safer than tap water. An overwhelming percentage of bottled water is coming from municipal tap water supplies, but at a cost of about $1 to $3 per bottle. Force the FDA to enforce stricter regulations on bottled water to prevent large, money-driven corporations from profiting at the cost and health of the American public.
While tap water is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), bottled water is in the hands of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Underfunded and understaffed, the FDA sends representatives out to bottled water plants on an infrequent basis and does not enforce stringent labeling standards on bottles.
The EPA requires municipalities to report where tap water comes from, how it was treated, and the results of the water quality tests. However, very few bottled water companies report and publicize this information, mostly because they aren’t required to. Environmental Working Group studies have shown that many of the top bottled water companies allow pollutants and man-made chemicals to enter into their water supplies.
Even though regulations for small towns are often stricter than those in big cities, even big city regulations are stricter than those required for bottled water. A good portion of bottled water is bottled and sold in the state, so it slides under the radar of FDA regulation anyway. Sign the below petition to urge the FDA to enforce stricter regulations for bottled water companies across the country.
Dear Ms. Hamburg,
Money-driven bottled water companies have been getting rich at the expense of the American public for far too long. Reputable organizations like the National Resources Defense Council have repeatedly shown that bottled water is less clean, safe, and regulated than nearly any tap water source in the country. Without FDA enforcement, bottled water companies will continue to produce inferior products at high costs and market them deceptively.
I am urging you to work with local environmental groups to establish a rigorous set of standards that all bottled water products must pass before entering the market for human consumption. Bottled water companies have created a perception that their products are the safer alternative, and it’s time that they live up to these lofty claims.
[Your Name Here]
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