Bottled and Hauled Water
In California, bottled water is regulated by the California Department of Public Health-Food and Drug Branch, because bottled water is considered a packaged food product. For more information on bottled water, see the links below:
- Information on Regulation of Bottle Water in California
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—Commercially Bottled Water
- Microplastics in Drinking Water
The regulations governing bottled water are different than those governing Public Water Systems.
Some people who do not have access to drinking water at their location may haul water to their location and store it for later use. There are regulatory requirements for hauled water that will be used for drinking. The California Department of Public Health-Food and Drug Branch oversees licensing of drinking water haulers. To ensure your water is safe to drink, it is important to confirm your hauler is licensed, where the water is coming from, and that delivery meets the best practices standards and the regulations.
Information regarding hauled water requirements can be found at the following links:
- Water Hauler License Procedure
- Water Hauler Inspection Procedure and Operating Requirements
- Licensed Water Haulers by County
- Information on how to test your drinking water quality