Bottled Water Rankings from the Environmental Working Group

The post that I wrote the other day about water generated a bunch of emails and Tweets, particularly about me not drinking the Poland Spring water in my office.

Since so many people buy bottled water, I thought that I would share the bottled water rankings which the Environmental Working Group recently put out. It is the most comprehensive report that I have ever seen on this subject.

It not only grades each brand of bottled water but asks the water companies the following questions:

– Where does the water come from?

– Is it purified? How?

– Have tests found any contaminants?

Not surprisingly, many of these bottled water companies don’t want to disclose this important information.

Aside from putting out the very popular Dirty Dozen list of fruits and vegetables, the Environmental Working Group does a lot of other incredible work on behalf of consumers in all areas of health.

I had the good fortune to meet Ken Cook, the president of the Environmental Working Group, a few weeks ago at a dinner at GustOrganics. He was in NYC to speak at the TedX Manhattan food event, and I finally got to put a face to a name. Needless to say, Ken is a spectacular guy.

One of the things we discussed was the upcoming Farm Bill. If you care about organic food, then you should care about the Farm Bill. However, most of us don’t know the first thing about it and how it severely impacts our food system. I hope to shoot an interview with Ken soon so we can educate people and discuss the importance of this bill.

Please check out the Environmental Working Group’s website, sign-up for the email list and support this fantastic organization. They are doing so much to keep consumers informed about what is really taking place in our environment.

Unfortunately, a lot of what the Environmental Working Group is uncovering is very scary and quite unnerving.


  • Pat says:

    What about Mountain Valleys ph, has anyone test it?

  • Rene A says:

    Hi Max,
    Who sells Mountain Valley Spring Water in glass bottles?
    I know it comes from Arkansas.
    I live in AZ.

    • Max Goldberg says:

      Hi Rene,

      Whole Foods sells Mountain Valley, and I believe that you can order directly from the company as well. The water is sold all over the country.

      Live well,

  • Ashly says:


    I am curious, do you know anything about the water “Penta”. It’s a very expensive product but I truly believe it is an amazing one. Every time I drink it I feel it flushes me out instantly. It advertises as being “ultra-purified”, but its also controversial. Please lend me your thoughts as I spend a lot of money on this water. Id like to know if you recommend a better product!


    • Max Goldberg says:

      Hi Ashly,

      I have heard very good things about Penta. The only thing with it, however, is that you’re drinking from plastic, which leaches into the water.

      When I travel, I always buy Mountain Valley Spring Water. It is a high quality water and comes in glass bottles, something that I much prefer.

      Maybe try Mountain Valley and compare the two. See which one makes you feel better.

      Hope this helps!

      • LB says:

        Max, if you read the bottle on Penta more closely, you’ll read that the plastic bottle is BPA-free, so nothing really “leaches” into the water. It’s very pure and clean. On Mountain Valley, that water is quite high on the Total Disolved Solids, it’s over 200 (230, if I remember correctly)…not good. Penta has barely any TDS. Once you drink Penta a while, go try Mountain Valley, and taste the difference. Mountain Valley will taste rather “heavy”.

        • Max Goldberg says:


          While the Penta’s bottle may be BPA-free, it is made from many other chemicals, whose side effects we have absolutely no idea about. They could, in fact, be much worse than BPA. I will always choose glass over plastic.

          Live well,

  • Jennifer P says:

    what about Smartwater and Eternal water?

  • Max Goldberg says:

    Hi Derek,

    How interesting!! And also not a surprise. It just shows you how important and how effective glass water bottles are.

    Thanks for the info.

    Live well,

  • Derek Henry says:

    I tested a few of the bottled waters for alkalinity, and Dasani and Aquafina failed misreably with 5.2 and 5.4 respectively. Only Voss had the alkalinity you would expect from water, a 7. Interestingly, its the only one in a glass bottle as well.

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