EWG's Bottled Water Scorecard, 2011
January 25, 2012

EWG's Bottled Water Scorecard, 2011: Find Your Water

Sam's Choice Purified Drinking Water
Grade: C
sold by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
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State purchasedAverage gradeMeets state labeling laws?
California C no
Indiana C n/a
Oregon C n/a


n/a = not assessed

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LABEL Full information on label & website? ADVANCED TREATMENT? GRADE
SOURCE PURIFICATION TESTING

2010 summary

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C

2009 summary

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B

LABEL 1
Sam's Choice Purified Drinking Water Label
Oregon
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C

LABEL 2
Sam's Choice Purified Drinking Water Label
Indiana
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C

LABEL 3
Sam's Choice Purified Drinking Water Label
California
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C

WATER SOURCE
Label information: Labels 1 & 2 & 3:
None Listed
Website information: "San Bernardino Municipal Water District"
PURIFICATION METHOD
Label information: Labels 1 & 2 & 3:
"purified by reverse osmosis filtration or distillation"
Website information: "processed through initial Filtration, Carbon Filter, UV Disinfection, Reverse Osmosis or Distillation, Re-Mineralization Injection & finally Ozone Disinfection just prior to bottling."
TESTING CONDUCTED
What information is on the label? Label 1:
Not Listed

Labels 2 & 3:
"For questions or a report on water quality and information contact 1-888-260-3776 walmartstores.com/waterreport"
Is the water quality report online? Yes
What tests were conducted? Company provides a brand-specific, undated water quality report. The report details a full range of test results for volatile organic compounds, primary and secondary inorganic compounds, microbiological contaminants and radiologicals.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
On the labelLabels 1 & 2 & 3:
Our Sam's Choice Purified Drinking Water is triple-filtered and ozonated to bring you fresh tasting water. Then we add essential minerals for a pure satisfying taste. The price? Just as refreshing. Ingredients: Purified water, magnesium sulfate, potassium bicarbonate, potassium chloride. Distributed by Wal-mart Stores, Inc., Bentonville, AR 72716. For more source information call: 1-888-260-3776

WATER QUALITY REPORT (WQR)
Is the WQR available online? Yes
What is contained in the WQR? Labels 1 & 2 & 3:
Report lists full SDWA contaminant list; Report includes complete documentation of all chemicals tested for; Report is an undated, typical analysis
Does WQR available provide comparable information to municipal WQR? No

DATA SOURCE(S)
Label purchase location(s) (date):Label 1:
  • Information Not Available, Oregon (May-10)


Label 2:
  • Walmart, Fishers, IN (Jan-10)


Label 3:
  • Walmart, Richmond, CA (16-May-10)
  • Information Not Available, California (May-10)
  • Walmart, Richmond, CA (16-Sep-10)

Official website:walmartstores.com/waterreport

LABEL 1: SCORE/GRADE DETAILS
Information Provided Label Website Total  
Water source 0.0 / 2.0 1.0 / 1.0 1.0 / 3.0 Grade Key
A: 8.6-10.0
B: 6.9-8.5
C: 5.0-6.8
D: 2.9-4.9
F:-2.0-2.8
Purification method 2.0 / 2.0 1.0 / 1.0 3.0 / 3.0
Testing conducted 0.0 / 1.0 1.5 / 2.0 1.5 / 3.0
Thorough water quality report? +0.0 / 1.0
Compliant with state law? -0.0 / 1.0
Basic, unknown, or no treatment -0.0 / 1.0
Total 2.0 / 5.0 3.5 / 4.0 5.5 / 10.0
Advanced treatment advanced treatment used
Meets state labeling laws?
Final Grade

C


LABEL 2: SCORE/GRADE DETAILS
Information Provided Label Website Total  
Water source 0.0 / 2.0 1.0 / 1.0 1.0 / 3.0 Grade Key
A: 8.6-10.0
B: 6.9-8.5
C: 5.0-6.8
D: 2.9-4.9
F:-2.0-2.8
Purification method 2.0 / 2.0 1.0 / 1.0 3.0 / 3.0
Testing conducted 1.0 / 1.0 1.5 / 2.0 2.5 / 3.0
Thorough water quality report? +0.0 / 1.0
Compliant with state law? -0.0 / 1.0
Basic, unknown, or no treatment -0.0 / 1.0
Total 3.0 / 5.0 3.5 / 4.0 6.5 / 10.0
Advanced treatment advanced treatment used
Meets state labeling laws?
Final Grade

C


LABEL 3: SCORE/GRADE DETAILS
Information Provided Label Website Total  
Water source 0.0 / 2.0 1.0 / 1.0 1.0 / 3.0 Grade Key
A: 8.6-10.0
B: 6.9-8.5
C: 5.0-6.8
D: 2.9-4.9
F:-2.0-2.8
Purification method 2.0 / 2.0 1.0 / 1.0 3.0 / 3.0
Testing conducted 1.0 / 1.0 1.5 / 2.0 2.5 / 3.0
Thorough water quality report? +0.0 / 1.0
Compliant with state law? -0.3 / 1.0
Basic, unknown, or no treatment -0.0 / 1.0
Total 3.0 / 5.0 3.5 / 4.0 6.3 / 10.0
Advanced treatment advanced treatment used
Meets state labeling laws? out of compliance with california regulation: water quality report not available via phone as stated on the label
Final Grade

C