China is now the world’s largest market for bottled water [Rodwan, 2014].
Chinese researchers have found various microbial and chemical contaminants in a variety of bottled water brands across China. We suspect bottled water contamination may be a more substantial issue in rural areas as compared to urban ones.
Bottled water contamination is a problem across the world, in low-, middle-, and even high-income countries, but China is one of the few countries with a wealth of publically available data on the subject (mostly from peer-reviewed publications).
To better understand these issues and other issues, UCB conducted a systematic review of all the China-based bottled water quality literature and studies. By collecting and synthesizing these data we hope to shed light on to which policy measures might improve safe water access in China and – by extension – other countries as well.