Learn the Facts

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 BelKraft water filter cartridge can effectively replace as many as 9000 standard 500 mL bottles. So you can get great-tasting water without so much waste. Talk about refreshing.
  • The average BelKraft 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 9000 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 BelKraft 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!