According to these arcane regulations, China's national health inspectors do not test bottled drinking water for acidity, or pH level, or for substances including mercury and silver.
More than five times more indicators are used to test running water than bottled drinking water, the paper said.
"Bottled drinking water regulation is lagging behind," Wang Xiuyan, an adviser on mineral water for the Beijing Mining Industry Association, told the paper. "We should follow international standards."
The bottled water market in the country is booming amid a general anxiety over tainted food productions and environmental degradation.
The report alleged that Nongfu Spring's quality criteria for arsenic and cadmium were below tap water standards.