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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Fraud in the bottled water industry

It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said something about the Earth being mostly covered in water yet not everyone had access to drinking water and the rest were being charged to drink!

Now we know that bottled water is actually no better than tap water, and in many cases it is worse.

It costs way more.

It leads to enormous pollution.

There is significant fraud involved in the industry.

And they withhold much information from consumers, too.

Here are the the 10 top-selling U.S. brands with their grades:

1.     Pure Life Purified Water (Nestle), EWG grade = B
2.     Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water (Nestle), EWG grade = C
3.     Aquafina Purified Drinking Water (Pepsi), EWG grade = D
4.     Dasani Purified Water (Coca-Cola), EWG grade = D
5.     Deer Park Natural Spring Water (Nestle), EWG grade = D
6.     Ice Mountain Natural Spring Water (Nestle), EWG grade = D
7.     Ozarka Natural Spring Water (Nestle), EWG grade = D
8.     Poland Spring Natural Spring Water (Nestle), EWG grade = D
9.     Zephyrhills Natural Spring Water (Nestle), EWG grade = D
10.  Crystal Geyser Natural Alpine Spring Water (CG Roxane), EWG grade =  F

Not a single A and only one grade I would call decent, a B. I'll stick with tap water.

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