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

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

Volvic Natural Spring Water
Grade: D
sold by Danone Group
U.S. map showing states where samples were purchased
State purchasedAverage gradeMeets state labeling laws?
California F no
Colorado D n/a
Connecticut D n/a
New York D n/a
Oregon D n/a
District of Columbia 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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F

LABEL 1
Volvic Natural Spring Water Label
Colorado, Connecticut, Oregon
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D

LABEL 2
Volvic Natural Spring Water Label
District of Columbia, New York
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D

LABEL 3
Volvic Natural Spring Water Label
California
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F

WATER SOURCE
Label information: Labels 1 & 2 & 3:
"Clairvic Spring, Volvic, France"
Website information: "drawn from the heart of the Parc Naturel des Volcans d'Auvergne in central France"
PURIFICATION METHOD
Label information: Labels 1 & 2 & 3:
None Listed
Website information: "underground filtration"
TESTING CONDUCTED
What information is on the label? Labels 1 & 2 & 3:
"For inquiries or a report on bottled water quality & information: phone: 1-800-233-6200 website: www.volvic-na.com"
Is the water quality report online? No
What tests were conducted? None Listed
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
On the labelLabels 1 & 3:
Product of France. Bottled at source. "Drink 1, Give 10" One in five children in developing countries does not have access to clean water. For every liter of Volvic that you purchase from April 1 to August 31, Volvic will make a donation to UNICEF to provide a minimum of 10 liters of clean water to children in Africa. Funds will support UNICEF's lifesaving programs including digging and maintaining wells. Drink 1, Give 10- because every child has the right to clean water.

Label 2:
Product of France. Bottled at source. "Drink 1, Give 10" Volvic water is drawn from the heart of the volcanoes of the Auvergne in France where it acquires its unique mineral composition. Every bottle of Volvic is now made in part with post-consumer recycled content (rPET) with the goal to have 50% of post-consumer recycled content as soon as possible. Through "Drink 1, Give 10" Volvic supports lifesaving programs including digging and maintaining wells.

WATER QUALITY REPORT (WQR)
Is the WQR available online? No
What is contained in the WQR? Labels 1 & 2 & 3:
No WQR available
Does WQR available provide comparable information to municipal WQR? No

DATA SOURCE(S)
Label purchase location(s) (date):Label 1:
  • Whole Foods Market, Portland, OR (21-May-10)
  • Wild Oats Market Place, Boulder, CO (9-Jun-10)
  • Stop & Shop, Connecticut (Jun-10)


Label 2:
  • The Food Emporium, New York City, NY (Feb-10)
  • Information Not Available, Washington, DC (21-May-10)


Label 3:
  • Whole Foods Market, Redwood City, CA (13-May-10)

Official website:www.volvic-na.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 0.0 / 2.0 0.5 / 1.0 0.5 / 3.0
Testing conducted 1.0 / 1.0 0.0 / 2.0 1.0 / 3.0
Thorough water quality report? +0.0 / 1.0
Compliant with state law? -0.0 / 1.0
Basic, unknown, or no treatment -1.0 / 1.0
Total 3.0 / 5.0 1.0 / 4.0 3.0 / 10.0
Advanced treatment no treatment used/ none listed
Meets state labeling laws?
Final Grade

D


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 0.0 / 2.0 0.5 / 1.0 0.5 / 3.0
Testing conducted 1.0 / 1.0 0.0 / 2.0 1.0 / 3.0
Thorough water quality report? +0.0 / 1.0
Compliant with state law? -0.0 / 1.0
Basic, unknown, or no treatment -1.0 / 1.0
Total 3.0 / 5.0 1.0 / 4.0 3.0 / 10.0
Advanced treatment no treatment used/ none listed
Meets state labeling laws?
Final Grade

D


LABEL 3: 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 0.0 / 2.0 0.5 / 1.0 0.5 / 3.0
Testing conducted 1.0 / 1.0 0.0 / 2.0 1.0 / 3.0
Thorough water quality report? +0.0 / 1.0
Compliant with state law? -0.3 / 1.0
Basic, unknown, or no treatment -1.0 / 1.0
Total 3.0 / 5.0 1.0 / 4.0 2.8 / 10.0
Advanced treatment no treatment used/ none listed
Meets state labeling laws? out of compliance with california regulation: provided the appropriate information on the label; however, water quality report was not available via the website as stated on the label
Final Grade

F