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

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

Hawaii Water Bottled Water
Grade: D
sold by Menehune Water Co.
Map of US showing California
State purchasedAverage gradeMeets state labeling laws?
California D no

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LABEL Full information on label & website? ADVANCED TREATMENT? GRADE
SOURCE PURIFICATION TESTING
Hawaii Water Bottled Water Label
California
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D

WATER SOURCE
Label information: "Halawa Aquifer"
Website information: "The Hawaiian Islands… an underground aquifer"
PURIFICATION METHOD
Label information: None Listed
Website information: "Pre Filtration, Carbon Filtration, Water Softener (sodium chloride), Ultra Violet Light, Reverse Osmosis Purifier, Ultra Violet Light, Ozone Injection, 3 Micron Polishing Filter"
TESTING CONDUCTED
What information is on the label? Not Listed
Is the water quality report online? Yes
What tests were conducted? Company provides a water quality report that is not specific to this brand. The report is dated [Quarter 3, 2008] and it details a full range of test results for inorganics chemicals, microbiological contaminants, radiological contaminants, volatile organic compounds and disinfection byproducts.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
On the labelUltra pure Hawaii Water is the best of Hawaii and the finest in the world. The Hawaiian Islands are the world's most isolated islands. Their volcanic origin, abundant rainfalls and clean air provide ideal natural conditions for pure drinking water. Ultra pure Hawaii Water's source is a virgin rain forest that naturally filters down for 25 years to collect in the Halawa Aquifer. This gift provides a great tasting water with an extremely rare combination of being virtually mineral free and having a neutral pH. Ultra pure Hawaii Water has less than 10 parts per million total dissolved solids (<10ppm), making it "the perfect drink to hydrate your body!"

WATER QUALITY REPORT (WQR)
Is the WQR available online? Yes
What is contained in the WQR? Report lists full SDWA contaminant list; Report includes complete documentation of all chemicals tested for; Report represents the most current water quality data
Does WQR available provide comparable information to municipal WQR? No

DATA SOURCE(S)
Label purchase location(s) (date):
  • Country Cheese Co., Berkeley, CA (14-May-10)
  • Information Not Available, Santa Rosa, CA (Jan-10)
  • Information Not Available, California (16-Sep-10)
Official website:www.hawaiiwater.com

LABEL 1: 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 0.0 / 1.0 1.8 / 2.0 1.8 / 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 1.0 / 5.0 3.3 / 4.0 3.5 / 10.0
Advanced treatment advanced treatment used
Meets state labeling laws? out of compliance with california regulation: no information on label about where to get additional water quality information
Final Grade

D