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

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

Niagara Purified Drinking Water
Grade: D
sold by Niagara Bottling, LLC
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State purchasedAverage gradeMeets state labeling laws?
California C yes
Florida D n/a
Maryland D 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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D

2009 summary

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D

LABEL 1
Niagara Purified Drinking Water Label
Florida, Maryland
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D

LABEL 2
Niagara Purified Drinking Water Label
California
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C

WATER SOURCE
Label information: Labels 1 & 2:
None Listed
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: Labels 1 & 2:
"Processed by ozonation, advanced filtration and reverse osmosis technologies"
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? Label 1:
Not Listed

Label 2:
"For water quality and information contact www.niagarawater.com or 1-877-ITS-PURE"
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: "We test for organic chemicals and inorganic chemicals as regulated by the FDA and the California Department of Public Health. 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:
Taste the pure difference! Bottled by: Niagara Bottling, LLC, Ontario, CA 91764. Visit www.niagarawater.com/eco-air-bottle.aspx or call (877) ITS-PURE for details.

Label 2:
Taste the pure difference! Eco-Air Bottle- Easy to handle shape offers the perfect combination of function and design, delivering one of the world's most environmentally friendly beverage containers. Bottled by: Niagara Bottling, LLC, Ontario, CA 91764.

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:
  • Information Not Available, Maryland (23-May-10)
  • Lowe's Home Improvement, Florida (Mar-10)


Label 2:
  • 99 Cents Only, Berkeley, CA (14-May-10)
  • 99 Cents Only, Berkeley, CA (16-Sep-10)

Official website:www.niagarawater.com

LABEL 1: SCORE/GRADE DETAILS
Information Provided Label Website Total  
Water source 0.0 / 2.0 0.5 / 1.0 0.5 / 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 2.0 / 5.0 2.0 / 4.0 4.0 / 10.0
Advanced treatment advanced treatment used
Meets state labeling laws?
Final Grade

D


LABEL 2: SCORE/GRADE DETAILS
Information Provided Label Website Total  
Water source 0.0 / 2.0 0.5 / 1.0 0.5 / 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 1.0 / 1.0 0.5 / 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 3.0 / 5.0 2.0 / 4.0 5.0 / 10.0
Advanced treatment advanced treatment used
Meets state labeling laws? in compliance with california regulation: provided the appropriate information on the label and water quality reports were available from both contacts listed on the label
Final Grade

C