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

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

7 Select Spring Water
Grade: D
sold by 7-Eleven, Inc.
Map of US showing California and Oregon
State purchasedAverage gradeMeets state labeling laws?
California
(2 labels assessed)
D yes
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
7 Select Spring Water Label
Oregon
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D

LABEL 2
7 Select Spring Water Label
California
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D

LABEL 3
7 Select Spring Water Label
California
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D

WATER SOURCE
Label information: Label 1:
"Superior Springs, WA"

Label 2:
"Protected Springs in Palomar Mountain, CA"

Label 3:
"Baxter Springs, CA"
Website information: Labels 1 & 3: "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.); Label 2: "various 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: Labels 1 & 2 & 3:
None Listed
Website information: Labels 1 & 3: "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.); Label 2: "micron filtration and ozone" (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? Labels 1 & 3:
"For a report on bottled water quality and information, call 1-888-391-1522 or visit www.advh2o.com"

Label 2:
"For more information and to obtain additional consumer information relating to water quality, including a bottled water report, go to www.niagarawater.com or contact Niagara at (877) ITS-PURE."
Is the water quality report online? Yes
What tests were conducted? Labels 1 & 3: 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."; 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: "We test for organic chemicals and inorganic chemicals as regulated by the FDA and the California Department of Public Health. 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:
Produced by Advanced H2O LLC, 1600 Port Drive, Burlington, WA

Label 2:
Bottled by: Niagara Bottling, LLC, Ontario, CA 91764. Comments or Questions: 1-877-ITS-PURE. Exclusively bottled for 7-Eleven, Inc., Dallas, TX 75204

Label 3:
Produced by Advanced H2O LLC, 811 Zephyr Street, Suite 300, Stockton, CA 98206.

WATER QUALITY REPORT (WQR)
Is the WQR available online? Yes
What is contained in the WQR? Labels 1 & 2 & 3:
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:
  • 7-Eleven, Portland, OR (21-May-10)


Label 2:
  • 7-Eleven, Diamond Bar, CA (Mar-10)


Label 3:
  • 7-Eleven, Oakland, CA (13-May-10)

Official website:www.advh2o.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 0.5 / 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 -0.5 / 1.0
Total 3.0 / 5.0 1.5 / 4.0 4.0 / 10.0
Advanced treatment at least basic treatment
Meets state labeling laws?
Final Grade

D


LABEL 2: SCORE/GRADE DETAILS
Information Provided Label Website Total  
Water source 1.0 / 2.0 0.5 / 1.0 1.5 / 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 1.0 / 1.0 1.0 / 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 -0.5 / 1.0
Total 2.0 / 5.0 2.0 / 4.0 3.5 / 10.0
Advanced treatment basic 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


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 0.5 / 2.0 1.5 / 3.0
Thorough water quality report? +0.0 / 1.0
Compliant with state law? -0.3 / 1.0
Basic, unknown, or no treatment -0.5 / 1.0
Total 3.0 / 5.0 1.5 / 4.0 3.8 / 10.0
Advanced treatment at least basic treatment
Meets state labeling laws? in compliance with california regulation: provided the appropriate information on the label; water quality report was not directly available via phone as stated on the label, however company representative pointed to the report on the website.
Final Grade

D