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

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

Refreshe Purified Drinking Water
Grade: C
sold by Safeway, Inc.
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State purchasedAverage gradeMeets state labeling laws?
California C yes
District of Columbia 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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D

LABEL 1
Refreshe Purified Drinking Water Label
District of Columbia
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C

LABEL 2
Refreshe Purified Drinking Water Label
California
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C

WATER SOURCE
Label information: Labels 1 & 2:
None Listed
Website information: "municipally controlled wells and protected springs"
PURIFICATION METHOD
Label information: Labels 1 & 2:
"purified by reverse osmosis" "microfiltered"
Website information: "reverse osmosis… ozone"
TESTING CONDUCTED
What information is on the label? Labels 1 & 2:
"For more information and to obtain additional consumer information relating to water quality, including a bottled water report, contact Safeway Inc. at 1-888-SAFEWAY or www.safeway.com/water/ad.html."
Is the water quality report online? Yes
What tests were conducted? Company provides a brand-specific water quality report. The report includes information on source water and water processing but it does not disclose the results of water testing: "Our company regularly tests for organic and inorganic chemicals that are regulated by the FDA. No contaminants were detected above FDA’s MCL (Maximum Contaminant Limits) in our testing for 2008 (2009). There have been no violations of any FDA Standard of Quality."
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
On the labelLabel 1:
Enhanced with minerals for fresh taste. Bottled by Advanced H2O LLC, Hamburg, PA 19526. Ingredients: Purified water, calcium chloride, sodium bicarbonate (adds an insignificant amount of sodium).

Label 2:
Enhanced with minerals for fresh taste. Distributed by Safeway Inc., PO Box 99, Pleasanton, CA 94566. Bottled in Merced, CA. Ingredients: Purified water, calcium chloride, sodium bicarbonate (adds an insignificant amount of sodium).

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:
  • Safeway, Washington, DC (28-Apr-10)
  • Safeway, Washington, DC (Apr-10)


Label 2:
  • Pak 'n Save, Emeryville, CA (14-May-10)

Official website:www.safeway.com/IFL/Grocery/waterad

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 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?
Final Grade

C


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