Abstract: The Ordinance on natural mineral, natural spring and table waters regulates the market of bottled water. The Directive on the quality of water intended for human consumption sets water quality standards and three categories of parameters (microbiological, chemical and indicator). Microbiological parameters show the degree of water pollution by microorganisms, while chemical parameters show the degree of water pollution by different chemical substances. Natural spring and natural mineral water have a certain chemical composition in which the concentrations of individual elements have the prescribed maximum allowable amount. If the concentrations of individual elements exceed the maximum allowed amount, they can have a harmful effect on the human body. All categories of bottled water (table, spring and mineral) can be carbonated and non-carbonated, depending on the carbon dioxide (CO2) content. Due to extracting and bottling of drinking water, in order to improve its quality, it is necessary continuously conduct analyses that prove the safety of drinking water.
Keywords: water, table water, mineral water, spring water, chemical composition