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

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

Essentia Purified Water
Grade: D
sold by Essentia Water, Inc.
U.S. map showing states where samples were purchased
State purchasedAverage gradeMeets state labeling laws?
California
(2 labels assessed)
D no
Colorado D n/a
Oregon 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

LABEL 1
Essentia Purified Water Label
Oregon
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D

LABEL 2
Essentia Purified Water Label
Colorado
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D

LABEL 3
Essentia Purified Water Label
California
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D

LABEL 4
Essentia Purified Water Label
California
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D

WATER SOURCE
Label information: Labels 1 & 2 & 3 & 4:
None Listed
Website information: "municipal water"
PURIFICATION METHOD
Label information: Labels 1 & 2 & 3 & 4:
"purified by reverse osmosis"
Website information: "micro-filtration, UV sanitation and reverse osmosis… ozonate[d]"
TESTING CONDUCTED
What information is on the label? Label 1:
"For more information on water quality call 877-293-2239Ö www.essentiawater.com"

Labels 2 & 3:
"For water quality information contact Essentia Water, Inc., 877-293-2239 www.essentiawater.com"

Label 4:
"For more information on water quality call 877-293-2239"
Is the water quality report online? No
What tests were conducted? None Listed
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
On the labelLabels 1 & 4:
Essentia water is: Doctor recommended, laboratory certified, consumer endorsed, 100% satisfaction guaranteed. Our mission statement: At Essentia Water, it is our mission to return water to a natural purity and create a premier class of super-hydrating, highly alkalized water. CLEARLY... more than water! Essentia is a prescription for life. Smooth tasting purified water infused with pure electrolytes for a difference you can taste. The essentia proprietary technology: water, purified by reverse osmosis; infused with electrolytes for taste; alkalinized and restructured using ionic separation technology. Ingredients: purified water, calcium chloride, dipotassium phosphate, magnesium sulfate, and sodium bicarbonate (<60ppm TDS).

Labels 2 & 3:
The feel good water. Purified water with electrolytes for a difference you can taste. Silky smooth taste. Hydrates better. Electrolyte infused. Best available pH at 9.5. Doctor recommended to protect, improve and enhance the quality of your teeth. Our proprietary technology: Water purified by reverse osmosis; infused with electrolytes for taste; alkalinized and restructured using ionic separation technology. Essentia's pH is 9.5 +/- (purified waters require calibrated pH meter for testing). Ingredients: purified water, sodium bicarbonate, dipotassium phosphate, magnesium sulfate and calcium chloride. Bottled for Essentia Water Inc., Bothell, WA 98021

WATER QUALITY REPORT (WQR)
Is the WQR available online? No
What is contained in the WQR? Labels 1 & 2 & 3 & 4:
No WQR available
Does WQR available provide comparable information to municipal WQR? No

DATA SOURCE(S)
Label purchase location(s) (date):Label 1:
  • New Seasons Market, Portland, OR (18-May-10)


Label 2:
  • Wild Oats Market Place, Boulder, CO (09-Jun-10)


Label 3:
  • Santa Monica Co-Op, Santa Monica, CA (1-Mar-10)
  • Information Not Available, California (Jun-10)
  • Information Not Available, California (16-Sep-10)


Label 4:
  • El Cerrito Natural Grocery, El Cerrito, CA (14-May-10)

Official website:essentiawater.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 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 -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?
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 0.0 / 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 -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?
Final Grade

D


LABEL 3: 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 0.0 / 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 -0.0 / 1.0
Total 3.0 / 5.0 1.5 / 4.0 4.3 / 10.0
Advanced treatment advanced treatment used
Meets state labeling laws? out of compliance with california regulation: water quality report was not availble via website as stated on the label
Final Grade

D


LABEL 4: 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 0.0 / 2.0 1.0 / 3.0
Thorough water quality report? +0.0 / 1.0
Compliant with state law? -0.5 / 1.0
Basic, unknown, or no treatment -0.0 / 1.0
Total 3.0 / 5.0 1.5 / 4.0 4.0 / 10.0
Advanced treatment advanced treatment used
Meets state labeling laws? out of compliance with california regulation: label only provides one means of contacting the company for additional water quality information; water quality report available via phone as stated on label
Final Grade

D