Tap vs. Bottled Water

Bottled Water Tap Water
Cost
$1,780
per Metre Cubed

($1.00 per bottle)
26.6¢
per Metre Cubed

($0.00013 per glass)
Quality
Can legally contain many things we would not tolerate in municipal drinking water. Only those that are labelled "spring" or "mineral" are subject to higher quality standards. Our tap water continues to exceed the standards as regulated by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and as proposed by Health Canada.
Regulations
In Canada, the Food and Drug Act requires bottled water to meet micro-biological standards, which are meant to ensure they're safe to consume. Tap water goes through a rigorous process of cleaning, filtering and testing and is infused with fluoride to aid in the reduction of tooth decay.

Environmental Implications

  • Every year the world spends an estimated $100 billion on extracting, altering, packaging, shipping and consuming bottled water.
  • Nine out of ten plastic water bottles end up as garbage or litter - not recycled!

Looking for More Info?

Click here to access the Health Canada web site, where you'll find answers to frequently asked questions about the quality of bottled water sold in Canada.

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