If you’re like me, you might have some bottled water stashed away in your vehicle in case of emergency. You may even keep a case (or several) of bottled water in your residence as part of your disaster supplies. Question is, just how good is that bottled water? Yesterday, the Washington D.C.-based research and advocacy group Environmental Working Group (EWG) released a new report analyzing a number of different bottled water products. Lori Bongiorno wrote in Yahoo!Green’s Blog on Wednesday:
EWG analyzed the labels of 173 unique bottled water products and company websites to determine if companies disclose information on where water comes from, how or if their water is treated, and whether the results of purity testing are revealed. The nonprofit also looked at how effective (and advanced) any water treatment methods are. Researchers followed up by calling dozens of bottled water companies to find out which ones willingly tell consumers what’s in their bottles.
More than half of the bottled water products surveyed failed EWG’s transparency test –18 percent didn’t say where their water comes from, and another 32 percent did not disclose any information on treatment or purity of water.
Only three brands earned the highest possible marks for disclosing information and using the most advanced treatment methods available – Gerber Pure Purified Water, Nestle Pure Life Purified Water, and Penta Ultra-Purified Water.
On the other end of the spectrum, these six brands got the worst marks in EWG’s report because they don’t provide consumers with the three basic facts about water on product labels or their company website – Whole Foods Italian Still Mineral Water, Vintage Natural Spring Water, Sahara Premium Drinking Water, O Water Sport Electrolyte Enhanced Purified Drinking Water, Market Basket Natural Spring Water, and Cumby’s Spring Water.
How does your bottled water brand stack up? Here’s a look at the 10 top-selling* U.S. brands:
1. Pure Life Purified Water (Nestle), EWG grade = B
2. Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water (Nestle), EWG grade = C
3. Aquafina Purified Drinking Water (Pepsi), EWG grade = D
4. Dasani Purified Water (Coca-Cola), EWG grade = D
5. Deer Park Natural Spring Water (Nestle), EWG grade = D
6. Ice Mountain Natural Spring Water (Nestle), EWG grade = D
7. Ozarka Natural Spring Water (Nestle), EWG grade = D
8. Poland Spring Natural Spring Water (Nestle), EWG grade = D
9. Zephyrhills Natural Spring Water (Nestle), EWG grade = D
10. Crystal Geyser Natural Alpine Spring Water (CG Roxane), EWG grade = F
By the way, the EWG awarded filtered tap water the best letter grade-an A.
Complete results for all 173 bottled water brands look at can be viewed here.
(Editor’s note: Link to EWG’s 2011 Bottled Water Scorecard placed on “Resources” page)
Bongiorno, Lori. “Best and worst bottled water brands.” Yahoo!Green’s Blog. 5 Jan. 2011. (http://shine.yahoo.com/event/green/best-and-worst-bottled-water-brands-2436818/). 6 Jan. 2011.
Christopher E. Hill, Editor
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