Transparent water?

Bottled Water Scorecard gives down-and-dirty on what you’re drinking

Many folks are willing to pay a pretty penny for bottled water. After all, it’s much purer and cleaner than tap water, right? Not necessarily, says Environmental Working Group (EWG). EWG just released its 2011 Bottled Water Scorecard, rating 173 brands for disclosure on labels of such information as where the water comes from, whether it is purified and how, and whether tests found any contaminants in the water. As it turns out, nobody got an “A”—except for filtered tap water. Gerber Pure Purified Water, Nestle Pure Life Purified Water and Penta Ultra-Purified Water were the only three to receive a “B” grade for transparency in labeling. Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water and Calistoga Sparkling Mineral Water each got a “C,” and there was many an “F,” including Crystal Geyser Natural Alpine Spring Water, Trader Joe’s Natural Mountain Spring Water and Archer Farms Natural Spring Water, available at Target stores.

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