Jan 10, 2011

Evamor Responds to EWG Bottled Water Scorecard

Company said EWG rated a product it no longer produces

Evamor Products Inc., producers of Evamor Natural Artesian Water–rare alkaline source, takes exception to the "F" grade given by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

At first glance, it appears as though Evamor Natural Artesian Water is graded based on the quality of its artesian water, but EWG actually is grading bottled water labels. California mandates all bottled water labels clearly identify the source and two ways to contact the company for a water quality report. Many bottled waters are not from a natural source, so they purify water from a municipal tap and state that it is from a "public water source.”

Evamor Natural Artesian Water–rare alkaline source’s water source is located one-half mile underground, in a protected, enclosed aquifer under layers of impermeable rock, in Covington, La. Evamor's natural source is rare because it is one of a very few natural water sources that is naturally alkaline.

Evamor addressed several aspects of the EWG report. First, the EWG graded the label on a discontinued product, Evamor Artesian Water Beverage, and not the current, all-natural product, Evamor Natural Artesian Water–rare alkaline source. The old Evamor beverage had added natural trace minerals. Second, the new Evamor Artesian Water label does include two website addresses and one phone number. The old Evamor beverage did not include the location of the source, as California and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not mandate it at the time. Since 2008, Evamor Products Inc. has been working on building a state-of-the-art facility to bottle directly on top of the water source in Covington, La. The company also decided that it would simply bottle what naturally comes from the underground aquifer, thereby changing the product from a beverage to an Artesian water. Evolving the product to what Evamor felt was a better, more natural product, the company made adjustments to the bottle's label to include source, phone number and two website addresses, which comply with California mandates.