Are You Drinking the Cleanest Bottled Water?

April 28, 2010

Clean Bottled Water

Clean drinking water is a must have especially for people with weakened immune systems (such as the frail elderly, cancer patients, infants).  These days with high healthcare cost we all are making more effort to stay healthy and make healthier food and beverage choices.

Many of us are grabbing bottle water instead of soft drinks or high added sugar beverages. That’s the good news. The bad news is that your water may not be as clean as you would think. That’s because the bottle water industry is not as well regulated as your own tab water at home or office.

The water bottlers are not required to publish water tests results and disclose where the water comes from.  City tap water must have water tested by a certified laboratory, and required to notify customers within 24 hours if they find elevated levels of contaminants. Bottled water companies don’t.

The most popular brands for bottled water are not always the cleanest bottled water.  I was surprised to read that Walgreens or Sam’s Club had better rating than the “name brands’.

Here is the report from the Environmental Working Group (a nonprofit advocacy organization)

An 18-month Environmental Working Group investigation of bottled water labels and websites has found that:

Only 2 bottled waters disclose water sources and treatment methods on their labels and offer a recent water quality test report on their websites. These best performers are:

  • Ozarka Drinking Water
  • Penta Ultra-Purified Water

Just 18% of bottled waters disclose quality reports with contaminant testing results. Among them, all 8 Nestlé domestic brands surveyed:

  • Poland Spring
  • Nestlé Pure Life
  • Arrowhead
  • Calistoga
  • Deer Park
  • Ice Mountain
  • Ozarka
  • Zephyrhills

None of the top 10 U.S. domestic bottled water brands label specific water sources and treatment methods for all their products.

Solutions for consumers:

  • Use the safest bottled water you can find in your area. See recommended brands of bottled water as above. If you use a local brand then contact the company to get the water safety facts mentioned.
  • Carry your own water. You can purify your own tap water with the activated carbon water filters — like Brita pitchers or faucet attachments. If your budget permits, the reverse osmosis type filter is the best for filtering tap water. This method saves money and is environmental friendly.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Janet December 1, 2010 at 10:29 am

I had a problem with Deer Park Water which I was buying for years. Then one day, I looked at the bottome of the bottle and there was what looked like small pieces of tissue paper. It later dissolved into very, very cloudy water. I contacted Deer Park (Nestle) and they apologized. They requested that I send them the particular bottle and one that was not opened yet. I sent it to them overnight mail which they provided. Several weeks later they said there was no reason for alarm and gave me two free coupons for deerpark which of course, I will never purchase again. I contacted the super market but they were very lax in their response (ACME). I should have contacted the FDA but didn’t. And that’s my story. Now, I’m very paranoid about bottled water. Don’t know which brand to buy. Thank you.

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L johnson March 9, 2011 at 1:46 am

WHICH WATER IS DEEMED MOST CLEAN BY EXPERTS OR TESTING?
SHOULD NOT THIS SITE MAKE THAT DETERMINATION?

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yo mama November 2, 2011 at 4:43 pm

I know not to buy any nestle water, if not nestle all around, because they put lithium in the water in china and send it here I believe. Some thing I thought of since this site is no help is to try an get ahold of a water testing meeter your self to find out your self witch water is cleaner, and you can always just boil tap water but I would do it either out side or with an exhaust fan above. I honestly wouldnt doubt that store water brand would be the best way to go an also the cheapest.

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Amy September 1, 2012 at 1:37 am

The EWG’s rating is not for safety or cleanliness of the water. The rating is for “transparency” meaning that the highest rated brands provided the most data to consumers regarding the water’s source and contents. It didn’t rate “safety.”

Also boiling tap water only gets rid of bacteria. It has no effect on all other pollutants like lead, flouride, estrogen, etc.

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michelle August 1, 2013 at 1:22 pm

I am just trying to find arsenic free water since I cannot use my own tap water. Different websites say different things. I have some of the symptoms of arsenic overload from drinking my own water and I have started drinking bottled water, so I need to know what to do. My water has been test years ago and it wasn’t good.

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