Aug 02, 2017
By Valerie Massie
Despite having access to a municipal water supply, Statistics Canada has estimated that almost one in five Toronto area households primarily drank bottled water in 2015. The survey results, released last week, show bottled water was the main source of drinking water for close to 20 per cent of GTA homes between 2009 and 2015, after dropping down from 34 per cent in 2007. So, why are we still buying bottled water when tap water in Canada is thought to be safe to drink? Premier Kathleen Wynne has questioned the need for bottled water in the past and said we she would be looking into the bottled water industry and how to better regulate it. Plastic water bottles pollution continues to make headlines due to the huge impact they have on the global environment, with many bottles polluting lakes and oceans world-wide. We speak to Canadian water advocate Maude Barlow on the topic.