The History of Bottled Water

Updated: Dec 6, 2021

How it came to be.


History of Bottled Water The development of agriculture began the organisation of water to capture, store and distribute it. The Egyptians used extensive filtration systems, the Romans built vast aqueducts each known for their unique tastes emerging from dierent springs.


Curative waters were distributed in stoneware jars, porcelain Demi jars for healing and curative purposes. Later came glass containers and glass bottles.



Evian introduced earthenware in 1829 and glass in 1920. Even in the US from 1767 they were bottling curative waters for distribution hence bottled waters have a rich history and precedes municipal water by millenia.


In the U.K. the bottled water market was first established several centuries ago when the beneficial properties of Mineral and Spring Water was recognised and it was hoped that people could benefit from these properties

without visiting the particular Spring or Well. Historically, this Mineral Water market gradually developed and during the mid 19th century the artificial Mineral Water market became a commercial viability for many entrepreneurs. Whilst in the early days Mineral Waters were drunk for their medicinal values, soft drinks of course are drunk primarily for their ability to refresh and be enjoyed.


Access to ‘safe’ municipal water began in the early 20 Century when methods were developed to stop waterborne diseases. Whilst considered safe municipal water is viewed negatively in most parts of the world and is of exception ally poor quality in various areas hence the growth of the bottled water market still continues rapidly in these areas with there having been almost 10,000 brands available.

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