Tap vs. Bottled Water

Bottled Water Tap Water


Dollars per bottle
Less than a penny per glass


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, Conservation & Parks (MECP) and as proposed by Health Canada.


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.

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!