Should you use bottled water or drink from the tap? We have compiled an extensive list of 24 bottled water statistics to help you decide which course is better for you and the environment. The Walkerton scare of 2000 has made many Canadians question the safety of municipally supplied water, however, the fact is that unless you live in a community which lacks water treatment facilities, then your tap water is perfectly safe to drink. Do you prefer the taste of bottled water over tap water, but you are concerned about the negative effects of using individual bottles water has on our environment? Why not consider switching from multiple small bottles to more economical and refillable large bottles.Talk to the friendly staff at WaterSmart today to find out about our wide range of bottled water products which are cost-effective and include free delivery.
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24 Bottled Water Statistics
The following is a list of 24 interesting statistics about bottled water usage and the industry itself.
1. In 2013, Canadians purchased 2.4 billion litres of bottled water which equals about 68 litres per person.
2. The bottled water industry is worth more than $170 billion worldwide.
3. In the U.S more bottled water is sold by volume than milk and beer.
4. According to Statistics Canada, 3 out of 10 Canadian households drink bottled water.
5. Between 2000 and 2009, there were 29 recalls of 49 water products due to contamination from substances such as mold, bacteria, arsenic, and "extraneous material" such as glass, according to the Polaris Institute.
6. According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, there was a water recall by Blue Glass Water Co. due to bacterial contamination in 2013.
7. The cost of bottled water ranges anywhere from approximately 8cents/500ml (bought in bulk from a large chain) to $2.50/500ml (high-end brand bought from a vending machine).
8. The cost of tap water for Canadians is approximately tenths of a cent per litre.
9. Nestle pays only $3.71 to draw one million litres of water from a well near Hillsburgh, Ontario. They are allowed to draw 1.13 million litres of groundwater every day.
10. Only about 70% of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles - the type that can be recycled - are recycled by Canadians according to the Canadian Beverage Association.
11. Some of the plastic waste from water bottles gets shipped abroad for recycling. This contributes to greenhouse gasses.
12.It takes up to 3 litres of water to make 1 litre of bottled water if you factor in the amount of water needed to make the plastic bottle to contain it.
13. It is estimated that bottled water is up to 2,000 times more energy-intensive than tap water according to the Pacific Institute.
14. The Pacific Institute found that in 2006, bottled water production required the energy equivalent of 17 million barrels of oil and emitted 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide.
15. According to Statistics Canada, in 2015, 69% of Canadian households reported that they primarily drank tap water at home. This figure was up slightly from 2013.
16. Households in Prince Edward Island (84%) and British Columbia (85%) were the highest reported drinkers of tap water at home in 2015.
17. According to Statistics Canada, in 2015, 19% of Canadian households reported that they primarily drank bottled water at home. This is down from 23% in 2013 and 30% in 2007.
18. Households in both Newfoundland and Labrador and Manitoba were the highest reported drinkers of bottled water at home in 2015 - both at 26%.
19. According to Statistics Canada, 51% of Canadian households said that they treated their drinking water prior to consumption.
20. 25% of Canadian households reported that they used jug filters to treat their drinking water in 2015.
21. 18% of Canadian households used on-tap filters to treat their drinking water in 2015.
22. 12% of Canadian households boiled their water before consumption in 2015.
23. In 2015, 10% of Canadian households reported that they had been issued a boil water advisory.
24. In response to the boil water advisories, 60% of households boiled their water, 65% used bottled water and 12% filtered their water prior to consumption.
Conclusion - Bottled Water or Tap Water?
Considering the effects on the environment of producing individual small bottled water and the substantial expense, you may want to re-think your drinking water practices. If you think you should switch to tap water, but you really don't enjoy the taste and smell, you should talk to an expert at WaterSmart about our large jug bottled water. Contact us today and we will answer all of your water questions.
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