What does “pure, clean water” really mean?

[Source: Environmental Working Group]

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Pure, clean water.” That’s what the ads say. But…
what does the lab say?

When you shell out for bottled water, which costs up to 1,900 times more than tap water, you have a right to know what exactly is inside that pricey plastic bottle.

Most bottled water makers don’t agree. They keep secret some or all the answers to these elementary questions:

  • Where does the water come from?
  • Is it purified? How?
  • Have tests found any contaminants?

Among the ten best-selling brands, nine — Pepsi’s Aquafina, Coca-Cola’s Dasani, Crystal Geyser and six of seven Nestlé brands — don’t answer at least one of those questions.

A quick bottled water report card from EWG:

Image: Environmental Working Group

Get the full Bottled Water 2011 report at Environmental Working Group.

[SIDE NOTE: See the documentary Tapped for more madness about the bottled water industry.]

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