Choosing tap water has many benefits.
Tap water is convenient
Tap water is a convenient choice. You can refill a reusable container anywhere you have access to a fountain or tap!
- Check out our Blue W map to find a drinking water location near you.
- You'll also find a wide range of reusable containers available to suit your lifestyle.
- Visit out myths section to learn more about making tap water convenient
Tap water is inexpensive
Tap water for residents
Not only is it easily accessible to everyone in the Region of Peel, but tap water is by far the least expensive way to buy your water. Tap water costs less than bottled water and other bottled beverages. On average, a can of pop or bottle of water costs at least $1.00. For the same cost, a reusable water bottle can be refilled about 4,500 times.
Tap water for businesses
Businesses also need a safe and sustainable water supply. Tap water is critical to general business operations and is often a key ingredient in the products businesses produce.
Tap water is environmentally friendly
Trying to be more eco-friendly? Drinking tap water is an easy way to be environmentally responsible and promote sustainable practices.
If a single-use plastic bottle is not recycled, it will likely end up in a landfill, where it may take up to 1,000 years to decompose.
A 2010 study of curbside waste in the Region of Peel found that approximately 87 per cent of PET beverage bottles were captured in the recycling stream. PET stands for "Polyethylene Terephalate" and is the most common type of plastic used for single-serve disposable plastic bottles. If you purchase bottled beverages, please remove the lids and ensure they are empty before you put them in your recycling bin.
- If you choose to purchase beverages in plastic containers, it's important to recycle them when you are finished. Better yet, purchase a refillable beverage container and reuse it again and again.
The production of beverage containers
Plastic bottles are a petroleum-based product. This means the oil used to make them is not a renewable resource. More often than not, disposable drink bottles (such as water bottles) are made from new plastics only and not recycled materials. This has a significant impact on our environment.
It takes a lot of energy to produce, transport and recycle disposable plastic bottles. Choosing tap water instead eliminates the need for all that energy and the pollution and greenhouse gases created as a result. Some greenhouse gases are responsible for climate change and the thinning of the ozone layer.
Water is a healthy, low-calorie beverage choice. It does not contain sugar like pop and juice, caffeine like coffee and tea.
We all need to drink fluids everyday. Water needs vary for each person depending on age, gender, body size and level of activity. As the temperature and humidity rises, so does the need for water.
Thirst is the body's way of signalling that we need to drink. If your fluid intake comes mostly from pop, juice or coffee, you are potentially drinking large amounts of sugar and caffeine. Visit our myths section to learn about how much water you should drink in a day.
- Choosing to drink tap water is good for your heath!