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Why is bottled water waste a concern? Here are just a few reasons...

  • Worldwide, an estimated 2.4 million metric tonnes of plastic are used to bottle water each year.
  • An estimated 70,000,000 plastic water bottles are dumped in North American landfills every year.
  • It takes three litres of water to produce one litre of bottled water.
  • In 2004, total consumption of bottled water was estimated at 154 billion litres - that's about 25 litres for everyone on the planet.

Ditching bottled water keeps Mother Earth and your wallet green.

  • Bottled water is 240 to 10,000 times more expensive than tap water. Despite the cost, almost one third of all Canadian households primarily drank bottled water in 2006.
  • One American Water Filter cartridge can effectively replace as many as 9,000 standard 500 mL bottles. So you can get great-tasting water without so much waste. Talk about refreshing.
  • The average American Water Filter cartridge filters 4500 litres of water a year for about 32 cents a day. Put in perspective, to get the same amount of water from bottled water would require 9,000 mL water bottles a year - at an average cost of a dollar a bottle, that's $24.65 a day.
  • For about $10 each, you can purchase a reusable bottle, saving you hundreds of dollars a year on bottled water.
  • Hydration at its best - carry the water you need and reduce your impact on the environment - one reusable bottle can last for decades, making it easy to stop buying single-serve bottled water to fulfill your everyday hydration needs.

Many people drink bottled water because they believe it to be of a higher quality, cleaner and better-tasting, but that's not necessarily true.

  • Two of Canada's largest bottled water brands use purified municipal water taken from cities including Vancouver, Montreal, Brampton and Calgary.
  • If you don't like the taste of your tap water, try American Water Filters. Nine out of 10 consumers say, "Purified water tastes better than tap water", according to an in-home usage study.
In Canada, the responsibility for ensuring drinking water supplies are safe is shared between the provincial, territorial, federal and municipal governments, with Health Canada taking a leadership role. The City of Toronto tests its drinking water every four hours!