Worst Brands of Bottled Water

Food/Cooking - Beverages
By: jseven    
21-Jan-2011

Introduction:According to the Environmental Working Group, 173 bottled water brands were surveyed by EWG in 2010. Out of those 173 surveyed, 18 per cent of them failed to list their water sources, and 32 percent of the bottled water companies would not disclose any information about the treatment or purity of their bottled water.

It is not unreasonable to want to know the facts, when the figures show that you are paying about 1,900 more times the money for bottled water over your tap water.

Out of the ten best selling brands of bottled water, nine of them did not provide an answer to at least one of three questions.

Where does the water come from?
Is it purified and if so, how?
Have tests found any contaminants?

These are the nine that surprised EWG with their silence on at least one question.

Pepsi Aquafina, Coca Cola Dasani, Crystal Geyser and six out of the seven Nestle brands. Here are the worst overall on transparency.

  • 01

    Cumby's Spring Water

    Cumby's Spring Water failed the Environmental Working Group's transparency test miserably. They failed to answer any of the three survey questions and do not provide information online or on the bottled water label.

  • 02

    Market Basket

    Market Basket Natural Spring Water made the "F" list of EWG for their total silence. They opted out of answering all three questions about their bottled drinking water.

  • 03

    O Water Sport

    O Water Sport Electrolyte Enhanced Purified Drinking Water also refused the three question survey. You would think they would be pretty transparent, with a name like that on their bottled drinking water.

  • 04

    Sahara Premium

    Sahara Premium Drinking Water scored an F on the EWG inquiry about their bottled water. This grade includes zero information provided online or on the bottle's label.

  • 05

    Vintage Natural Spring Water

    Now this is one that would make me think that there would be total disclosure, Vintage Natural Spring Water? If I want spring water, it better be that old-fashioned spring water that I could lean over the brook and drink. No high 5s for any of you closed-mouth bottled water suppliers.




Final Thoughts

EWG recommends purified tap water over all bottled water. It saves money and helps to cut down on the huge production of plastic products.

The three best-scoring bottled drinking water brands were:

Gerber Pure Purified Water
Nestle Pure Life Purified Water
Penta Ultra-Purified Water


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Comments

  • pamperedpen 6/9/2011 Flag This Comment

    Wow, something to think about. H5

  • goodselfme 3/26/2011 Flag This Comment

    Thank you for this bottled water list.

  • clewand550 1/22/2011 Flag This Comment

    I haven't heard of any of these before. I drink bottled water so I will have to remember this list of 5.

  • ListMaker 1/21/2011 Flag This Comment

    I have to have bottled water as my water is from a well and it's just gross. But, at least I know the ones to stay clear of.

  • GeorgeSommers 1/21/2011 Flag This Comment

    Ah, the old bottled water scam.....

  • tamron 1/21/2011 Flag This Comment

    No bottle water is good! I have a water distiller. For he ha's I put bottled water in the water distiller. The contaminants that was separated wasn't much better then the tap. The tap water which was well water looked like a dark tea and the bottled water looked slightly lighter. I even purchased distilled water from the supermarket it was the color of weak tea! That tells me that I didn't purchase distilled water at all.

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