Given that the ads for (and labels on) bottled water everywhere give consumers the impression the water they are buying is clean and pure, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) had some questions. After all, if you are drinking the water, do you not have the right to know exactly what is inside? What source did the water come from? Is the water purified? If so, how? Have any contaminants been found? Well, most manufacturers disagree, simply refusing to answer one or more of these questions.
The EWG has therefore done some testing of its own and produced a report card. The results are somewhat disturbing, if unsurprising. You can check them out for yourself here, but here are some highlights – well, lowlights, really:
- EWG Recommends (A): Filtered Tap Water
- Best Transparency (B): Gerber Pure Purified Water, Nestle Pure Life Purified Water, Penta Ultra-Purified Water
- Worst Transparency (F): Cumby’s Spring Water, Market Basket Natural Spring Water, Sahara Premium Drinking Water
Of course, many of these are American brands that are not available in Canada. But everyone should still be aware of what’s out there and what’s going on. Apparently it is only in California that bottled water brands must disclose information about their water source and quality. Still, many ignore this law, essentially counting on the Powers That Be to turn a blind eye.
I suggest using filtered tap water and a stainless steel water bottle.