6 Worst Bottled Water Brands

Anyone who’s seen the documentary Flow has already sworn never to buy bottled water again. But if you haven’t seen the movie or read about the shady sources of your expensive “spring” water, then you should pay special attention to the report released by the Environmental Working Group today on the best and worst bottled water brands. The organization investigated which brands reveal their water sources, processing methods, and the results of their purity testing; surprisingly few did.

Out of 173 brands surveyed, only three brands — Gerber Pure Purified Water, Nestle Pure Life Purified Water, and Penta Ultra-Purified Water — use the best possible filtering methods and reveal the source of their water; 18% don’t reveal the source of their water, and 32% don’t reveal information about their filtering or processing methods. The EWG argues that this info should be readily available to consumers, just like other food and drink products. Cities provide information about the source and treatment of tap water, after all.

So which are the worst brands to buy? The report provides detailed ratings for all 173 brands in the study, but the following six brands were listed as the worst, for not providing any information about source, processing, or purity test results for consumers:

1. Whole Foods Italian Still Mineral Water
2. Vintage Natural Spring Water
3. Sahara Premium Drinking Water
4. O Water Sport Electrolyte Enhanced Purified Drinking Water
5. Market Basket Natural Spring Water
6. Cumby’s Spring Water

You know where we like to get our water? From our tap at home. And we drink it out of BPA-free water bottles.
via Yahoo! Shine

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    • Hawaiian Springs

      In December 2010, Hawaiian Springs finalized its annual water quality report, and we are pleased to say that it meets or exceeds every standard for purity and quality. The water quality report is now available in both English and Spanish on our website at http://www.hawaiianspring.com under the Nature’s Gift section. It includes our source, methodology, and analysis, and can be viewed here:


      Every year, we conduct a water testing process on our source and product, which is provided to the state of California at the time of renewal of our permit. In fact, as stated in our water quality report, our protected source is monitored many times a day to ensure the artesian water is safe and of extremely high quality.

      Since October 2010, we have been redesigning our label to include our source and contact information so consumers can obtain specific details about our water and also to comply with the state of California’s labeling laws and regulations. Our new label has been designed, is currently being printed, and will be in the market shortly.

      We want everyone to know that Hawaiian Springs Natural Artesian Water already meets or exceeds quality expectations and tough standards set by federal, state and international agencies. We are happy to answer any questions and provide any information requested by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), other organizations, and the public. Please contact Margaret Fuentes at margaret.fuentes@hawaiianspring.com.

      We love to talk about the quality of our water.