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