The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has released guidelines for how to keep bottled water safe and drinkable.
It says all bottled water sold in the U.S. should be disinfected with a “protective disinfectant” before it can be used.
The agency says the use of any disinfectant is not a recommended practice, but if a product does not have a label warning of the disinfectant, the consumer can still take the product into the store.
The guidelines say that consumers should always use distilled water, but the agency also says the water should not be boiled or filtered.
The agency recommends bottled water in the home is at least 60 percent distilled, but says that it does not necessarily mean the water is 100 percent distilled.
The CPSC says bottled water should be stored at temperatures that are below 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
The safety rules do not specify what that means, and the agency says that the temperature range is a guideline and not a rule.
The rules are not the first of their kind.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued guidelines on the use and disposal of water in several locations in the country.