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

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

Simplify Purified Water
Grade: D
Map of US showing California
State purchasedAverage gradeMeets state labeling laws?
California D yes

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LABEL Full information on label & website? ADVANCED TREATMENT? GRADE
SOURCE PURIFICATION TESTING
Simplify Purified Water Label
California
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D

WATER SOURCE
Label information: None Listed
Website information: "municipally controlled wells and protected springs" (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: "reverse osmosis"
Website information: "protected by a multi- barrier approach which may include steps such as source protection and monitoring, and in-process treatments such as reverse osmosis, micron filtration, ozone treatment, the application of ultraviolet light or other appropriate processing measures" (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? "For a report on bottled water quality and information, call 1-888-391-1522 or visit www.adh2o.com"
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: "Our company regularly tests for organic chemicals and inorganic chemicals that are regulated by the FDA. No contaminants were detected above FDA’s MCL (Maximum Contaminant Limits) in our testing for 2010. There have been no violations of any FDA Standard of Quality."
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
On the labelGood quality, great price! Ingredients: purified water (by reverse osmosis), with selected minerals (sodium bicarbonate, sodium sulfate) added for taste. Mineral amounts are not nutritionally significant. Distributed by: Rite Aid Corporation, 30 Hunter Lane, Camp Hill, PA 17011.

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

DATA SOURCE(S)
Label purchase location(s) (date):
  • Rite Aid Pharmacy, Oakland, CA (14-May-10)
Official website:www.advanced-h2o.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 0.5 / 1.0 2.5 / 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 1.5 / 4.0 4.5 / 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

D