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

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

Great Value Distilled Water
Grade: C
sold by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
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State purchasedAverage gradeMeets state labeling laws?
Indiana C n/a
Kansas 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

LABEL 1
Great Value Distilled Water Label
Kansas
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C

LABEL 2
Great Value Distilled Water Label
Indiana
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C

WATER SOURCE
Label information: Label 1:
"Municipal Supply, Kansas City, KS"

Label 2:
"Municipal Water, Columbus, OH"
Website information: "two (2) deep protected water wells and protected springs as sources for our process water." (This information is not specific to this brand or this product. It is a general statement about all the waters produced by this bottling plant.)
PURIFICATION METHOD
Label information: Label 1:
"Steam Distillation, Reverse Osmosis, Microfiltration, Ozonation"

Label 2:
"Reverse Osmosis, Steam Distillation, Ozonation"
Website information: "a multi- barrier approach which includes source protection and monitoring as well as the following in-process treatments which remove any potential chemical and/ or microbiological contaminants: Reverse Osmosis… Micron Filtration… Ozone Disinfection" (This information is not specific to this brand or this product. It is a general statement about all the waters produced by this bottling plant.)
TESTING CONDUCTED
What information is on the label? Labels 1 & 2:
Not Listed
Is the water quality report online? Yes
What tests were conducted? Company provides a water quality report that is not specific to this brand. The report includes information on source water and water processing but it does not disclose the results of water testing: "No contaminants above MCL were detected in 2008. There have been no violations of any FDA Standards of Quality, we have not been required to test for any unregulated substances by the FDA or the State of California and no exemptions or variances have been granted by the California Department of Public Health."
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
On the labelLabel 1:
Bottled by: Premium Waters Inc, Kansas City, KS 66108. Distributed by: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Bentonville, AR 72716

Label 2:
Bottled by: Magnetic Springs Water Co.. Distributed by: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Bentonville, AR 72716

WATER QUALITY REPORT (WQR)
Is the WQR available online? Yes
What is contained in the WQR? Labels 1 & 2:
WQR without water testing results
Does WQR available provide comparable information to municipal WQR? No

DATA SOURCE(S)
Label purchase location(s) (date):Label 1:
  • Walmart, Wichita, KS (10-Apr-10)


Label 2:
  • Walmart, Fishers, IN (18-Mar-10)

Official website:www.niagarawater.com

LABEL 1: SCORE/GRADE DETAILS
Information Provided Label Website Total  
Water source 2.0 / 2.0 0.5 / 1.0 2.5 / 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 0.5 / 2.0 0.5 / 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 4.0 / 5.0 2.0 / 4.0 6.0 / 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 2.0 / 2.0 0.5 / 1.0 2.5 / 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 0.5 / 2.0 0.5 / 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 4.0 / 5.0 2.0 / 4.0 6.0 / 10.0
Advanced treatment advanced treatment used
Meets state labeling laws?
Final Grade

C