Imported Bottled Water (Non-VT Water Sources)

If the bottled water system is in another state or country (Imported bottled water system), a statement from the appropriate regulatory agency with jurisdiction over the bottled water system indicating that the facility has been approved to bottle or package water for human consumption shall be submitted. This approval may be in the form of a copy of a certificate, license, permit, or a letter of approval from the agency. The Secretary may require the imported bottled water system to submit a copy of the laws and regulations on bottled water processing from the regulatory agency having jurisdiction. In accordance with 10 VSA §1673(f)(1), an imported bottled water system shall certify that the water and the source and system of the imported water is regulated by drinking water standards or requirements substantially equivalent to or more stringent than standards or requirements established by the Secretary pursuant to 10 VSA §1672(b).  

Required Water Quality Monitoring for Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) for Imported Bottled Water Systems

To protect public health, and pursuant to Section 11.1.2(h) of the Vermont Water Supply Rule and the conditions of Approvals to Sell Bottled Water in Vermont, the Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources is also requiring imported bottled water systems (water systems with all sources located outside Vermont that are currently approved to distribute or sell bottled water in Vermont), to complete sampling for PFAS.  As an imported bottled water system, each of the bottling facilities with an Approval to Sell Bottled Water in Vermont must complete sampling for PFAS and submit results to DWGWPD no later than January 13, 2020.   

Not all labs certified to perform EPA Method 537.1 may be able to achieve this reporting level for this requirement, so Imported Bottled Water Systems must verify the laboratory can do so for these compounds.  A current list of certified labs that can meet the reporting level requirement and more information can be found here.

 

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