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

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

Fry's Purified Drinking Water
Grade: D
sold by Fry's Electronics, Incorporated
Map of US showing California
State purchasedAverage gradeMeets state labeling laws?
California
(2 labels assessed)
D no*


* At least one label assessed is out of compliance.

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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
Fry's Purified Drinking Water Label
California
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F

LABEL 2
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California
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C

WATER SOURCE
Label information: Labels 1 & 2:
None Listed
Website information: Label 1: No product information on website; Label 2: "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: Label 1: No product information on website; Label 2: "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? No
What tests were conducted? Label 1: No product information on website; Label 2: 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: "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:
Quench your thirst for electronics at Fry's Electronics.

Label 2:
Quench your thirst for electronics at Fry's Electronics. Bottled by: Niagara Bottling, LLC. 5675 E. Concours, Ontario, CA 91764.

WATER QUALITY REPORT (WQR)
Is the WQR available online? No
What is contained in the WQR? Label 1:
No WQR available

Label 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:
  • Fry's, Palo Alto, CA (13-May-10)


Label 2:
  • Fry's, Palo Alto, CA (15-Sep-10)

Official website:frys.com

LABEL 1: SCORE/GRADE DETAILS
Information Provided Label Website Total  
Water source 0.0 / 2.0 0.0 / 1.0 0.0 / 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 0.2 / 1.0 2.2 / 3.0
Testing conducted 0.0 / 1.0 0.0 / 2.0 0.0 / 3.0
Thorough water quality report? +0.0 / 1.0
Compliant with state law? -0.8 / 1.0
Basic, unknown, or no treatment -0.0 / 1.0
Total 2.0 / 5.0 0.2 / 4.0 1.5 / 10.0
Advanced treatment advanced treatment used
Meets state labeling laws? out of compliance with california regulation: no information on label about how to get a water quality report
Final Grade

F


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