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

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

Glaceau Smartwater
Grade: C
sold by The Coca-Cola Company
U.S. map showing states where samples were purchased
State purchasedAverage gradeMeets state labeling laws?
California C yes
Connecticut C n/a
Indiana C n/a
Mississippi C n/a
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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C

LABEL 1
Glaceau Smartwater Label
Connecticut, District of Columbia, Indiana, Mississippi
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C

LABEL 2
Glaceau Smartwater Label
California
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C

WATER SOURCE
Label information: Labels 1 & 2:
None Listed
Website information: "Most facilities that purify and bottle smartwater procure water from municipal water systems. At a few plants, however, water is obtained from protected groundwater sources"
PURIFICATION METHOD
Label information: Labels 1 & 2:
"Vapor distilled"
Website information: "granular activated carbon filtration... Vapor distillation... ultraviolet light disinfection… ozonation."
TESTING CONDUCTED
What information is on the label? Labels 1 & 2:
"For water quality and information, please contact the center for responsible hydration (aka glaceau) whitestone, ny 11357 1-877-GLACEAU www.glaceau.com"
Is the water quality report online? Yes
What tests were conducted? Company provides a brand-specific, undated, typical analysis of their water. The report details a full range of test results for residual disinfectants, radionuclides, semi-volatile organic compounds, microbiological compounds, inorganic components, disinfection by-products and volatile organic compounds.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
On the labelLabels 1 & 2:
Purity you can taste. Hydration you can feel. Is it just us or do clouds get a bad rap? While we admit they're not as great to have around on a beach day, as say, the sun, clouds are unsung heroes because they contain nature's purest source of water. Meanwhile, spring water comes from the ground and contains random stuff and whatever else the animals that swim in it leave behind. That's why we copied our white puffy friends by creating smartwater. It's vapor distilled so it is in its purest original state. It's a difference you can taste... unless, of course, you have no taste buds (then you're on your own). But, we don't stop there. We one-up the clouds by adding electrolytes just in case you do decide to hit the beach. Unfortunately, we can't fix the whole men in thongs thing. Ingredients: vapor distilled water + electrolytes (calcium chloride, magnesium chloride and potassium bicarbonate)

WATER QUALITY REPORT (WQR)
Is the WQR available online? Yes
What is contained in the WQR? Labels 1 & 2:
Report lists full SDWA contaminant list; Report includes complete documentation of all chemicals tested for; Report is an undated, typical analysis
Does WQR available provide comparable information to municipal WQR? No

DATA SOURCE(S)
Label purchase location(s) (date):Label 1:
  • Indianapolis International Airport, Indianapolis, IN (13-May-10)
  • Information Not Available, Washington, DC (May-10)
  • Information Not Available, Grenada, MS (19-Mar-10)
  • Harris Teeter Supermarket, Washington, DC (27-Apr-10)
  • Stop & Shop, Connecticut (Jun-10)


Label 2:
  • Andronico's Market, Berkeley, CA (14-May-10)
  • Information Not Available, California (16-Sep-10)

Official website:www.glaceau.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 1.5 / 2.0 2.5 / 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 3.0 / 4.0 5.5 / 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 1.5 / 2.0 2.5 / 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 3.0 / 4.0 5.5 / 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

C