Organic Water – Does It Exist?

Water is the root of life, everybody knows that. Nowadays, when the organic resources all over the Earth are depleting rapidly, water is becoming highly-desired commodity. And when we say water – we mean healthy, clean water. In recent years, numerous manufacturers have tried to push through so-called “organic water” onto markets all across the world. Does such a thing exist or is it just clever marketing? The following are just a few quick facts about “organic” water.

1. There’s no such thing as certified organic water

There’s no such thing as organic water period, whether certified organic or not certified. Under National Organic Program (NOP) policy, water is not an ingredient that can be certified as organic. You may have seen water marketed as “natural” or as having come from “organic land” and some companies have even tried to market their bottled water brands as “organic” water. However, legally, NOP says that water products, with very few exceptions, cannot be certified as organic.

2. Chlorine in water is allowed within limits

Chlorine is commonly found in our water supply system, and thus is allowed by NOP. However, NOP has some standards in place regarding the use of chlorine. Water used in organic production and handling can only contain the amount of chlorine necessary to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act. This includes water used in crop rotation, organic food processing, livestock operations and on-farm post-harvest handling and other operations.

3. Chemical-free water must be used for cleaning organic food

Water used for washing any organic food product must be safe and clean of chemicals. For example, say you wash a bunch of carrots to take to the farmers’ market. That water may not be contaminated with added chemicals.

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