Bottled water is bad for the environment. Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, has a history of selling toxic products and questionable business practices. Now consumers of Walmart’s Great Value brand purified bottled drinking water are reporting bad smells, disgusting tastes, and even vomiting from the product.
For at least ten years, Walmart has been selling toxic bottled water. The Environmental Working Group tested 228 brands of bottled water in 2008. Walmart’s was amongst the worst. In fact, the water tested contained cancer-causing chemicals at levels exceeding the standards for safety set by the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.1)https://ecochildsplay.com/2008/10/16/toxic-chemicals-in-wal-marts-bottled-water/
Most of the dangerous toxins found in bottled water are odorless and tasteless. Consumers only become concerned when odors and flavors alert them to problems in bottled water quality. Consider the following reviews of WalMart’s Great Value Purified Water found on their website. These concerning reviews go back at least three years.
I have always bought this brand of water with no issue for many years. However, I bought this brand and drank about half the waters. The taste was a little off in some and I figure do maybe it was just me. Burn I couldn’t finish them because I would get sick almost immediately after drinking some. I wasn’t sure if it was the water so i bought other brands and drank them jus to fine but the minute i drank this water i fell sick again. Another thing is that I buy this brand in the kids sizes for my children but this time the store had run out so I got a different brand for them when we got groceries. Well, my son said they had run out of their water (not Great Value brand) so he grabbed one of mine (Great Value water) and he started throwing up and with an upset stomach immediately after drinking it. None of us have the flu or anything else. I told him no to drink the waters. I’m looking for a place to test the water because something is wrong.
I have been buying this water for a while this last time I noticed it had a bad smell.. I had stored the water in the fridge soon as I bought it. why does the water smell? never had before.. I looked for a date and it said December 18th so it wasn’t out of date. the date should be easier to read though had to use a magnifier just to see it . i am really disappointed I will need to find a new brand of bottled water to buy.
R1A1A 130417 best if used by 12Oct 18 0938 Never had an issue with Walmarts bottled water. This stuff tastes so bad, almost like dusty cardboard that instead of trying to find the receipt and return to the store, we put it in a tote to shoot next time we go out shooting. Awful awful awful. Makes me think it missed a filtration and what the heck is making it taste so bad. Is it even safe?
After looking online for a possible recall on this product and finding nothing and nowhere to notify Great Value of a possible problem with this product I’m left leaving my comments here. I purchased this product in November 2015. Half of the pack tasted fine but the other half had an odd rotten fruit aftertaste and left my bowel upset. At first I thought it was something I ate and then realized later that not drinking this water helped. I don’t know, perhaps I had a stomach bug? Anyhow, the package I purchased was bottled by Hydration Source LLC in Dallas, TX, with a best by date of 092417 and some other numbers below the expiry that have faded but seem to end in 1709. The price was right but between the taste and the upset stomach I won’t purchase this product again.
I will not be buying anymore of this water. I have been getting this water for several years now, most of the time it’s ok. Yesterday I opened a bottle at work and went to take a drink and the first thing that hit my nose was ( lake water smell) I couldn’t believe it so I took it to several of my coworkers to smell and the first girl said aww! fish smell. Two others smelled it and commented that it was fishy. I have never had any that was like this,most of the time it can have a plastic taste, but nothing like this. No more I will only buy Nestle pure life of aquafina from now on.2)https://www.walmart.com/ip/Great-Value-Purified-Water-16-9-Fl-Oz-35-Count/21881851
According to Walmart, the company relies on its suppliers to test the water quality it sells. The company claims:
The standards set for Great Value and Sam’s Choice bottled water produced both inside and outside California that is sold in the state significantly exceed U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards for purified drinking water.3)https://corporate.walmart.com/waterreport
In 2011, EWG found Walmart Great Value Purified Water did not meet state laws on labeling requirements. The label had the “appropriate information; however, water quality report not available via phone as implied by label”.4)https://www.ewg.org/research/ewg-bottled-water-scorecard-2011/search?id=68#.WsWHvLbMwWp
From the great plastic gyre in the ocean to bottled water companies depleting local aquifers, the reasons to not drink bottled water are plentiful. The motives to not drink Walmart’s Great Value Purified Water are even greater. Not only is the quality bad and the contents questionable, this bottled water is typically sourced from municipal tap water.
Great Value was criticized in 2015 for taking Sacramento water during severe drought. Citizens were not even allowed to water their lawns, yet Walmart was allowed to make a profit from its Great Value Purified Water.5)http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2015/05/08/wal-mart-bottled-water-comes-from-sacramento-municipal-supply/ Furthermore, the water was trucked from Sacramento to Atlanta to be bottled! That’s a heavy carbon footprint.
Avoid all bottled water. Install a home water purifier if you are concerned about water quality from the tap. Costs range from $20 to $200. Some screw right onto your faucet, whereas others are installed under the sink. Over time you will save money, protect your health, and lessen your impact on the environment.
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