Canadians have long been proud of powerful rivers and beautiful lakes that have made the country one of the largest treasure houses of fresh water on Earth.
So, with regard to our society, we are increasingly choosing to drink bottled water, usually from foreign companies, which is a sad statement.
A recent study by Statistics Canada found that in 2006, 3 out of 10 households in Canada used bottled water as their primary source of drinking water.
The results are surprising because there are many good reasons to avoid drinking bottled water.
Many Canadians buy bottled water because they think it is safer and healthier than tap water.
Of course, the advertising of bottled water companies has left the impression on consumers-the companies are dominated by pictures of raw glaciers and mountain streams.
The reality is that water supply in Canada-with very few exceptions-is extremely safe.
In addition, according to Health Canada, there is no evidence to support the view that bottled water is safer than tap water.
In fact, if any, our tap water may be safer and healthier than bottled water.
Municipal water supply is more stringent than bottled water.
In Canada, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported that local water supply equipment was inspected every day when bottling --
The water plant is inspected every three years.
In addition, according to MSN News, water-
The bottling plant only needs to test the coliform bacteria once a week, while most municipal water supply systems test the coliform bacteria several times a day.
Consumers should also consider the safety and health risks posed by the bottle itself.
Many plastic water bottles are made of chemical polyphenyl or PET.
A recent study by Dr.
William shottke, director of the Institute of Environmental Biochemistry at the University of Heidelberg, found that PET bottles would dissolve a dangerous toxin called antimony into the water they contain.
The study found that with the extension of the water residence time in the bottle, the content of antimony will rise.
Before reaching out to bottled water, Canadians need to consider the serious consequences of the water of their choice for the environment.
These measures include: the release of millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere from manufacturing, transportation and marketing, which contributes to global warming;
Depletion of scarce energy and water resources;
Release toxic chemicals to our air, land and water;
And absorb the poison into the food chain.
According to the Pacific Research Institute, the energy needed to produce plastic bottles for the US market in 2006 alone is equivalent to 17 million barrels of oil, creating 2 barrels.
5 million tons of carbon dioxide.
The production of bottles also requires a lot of water, and the Pacific Research Institute estimates that it takes three liters of water to produce one liter of bottled water.
It also takes energy to fill the bottle;
Transport them to consumers by truck, train, boat or plane;
Recycle, recycle or process empty bottles.
The Pacific Research Institute estimates that the total amount of energy used to provide consumers with a bottle of water may be equal to injecting oil into the bottle for 25 cents.
Unfortunately, most empty bottles-more than 85 cents, according to the David Suzuki Foundation-were thrown into the trash.
Not only did the bottles disappear-they were either buried in a landfill or burned.
It will take 1,000 years for the buried bottle to be biodegradable and it may leak toxic additives into groundwater.
The burned bottle releases toxic chemicals into our air.
In addition, some bottles enter our oceans, where they break down into smaller and smaller pieces that can enter the food chain when they are eaten by marine animals and birds.
The economic benefits of bottled water are as surprising as health and environmental factors.
Although we don't think so, buying bottled water is a very expensive habit: a bottle of water is more expensive than a liter of gasoline.
If we buy a bottle of toonie from the vending machine every day, we spend more than $700 a year on the water.
In addition, bottled water is one of the most outrageous examples of price fraud. More than one-
Of the bottled water consumed by Canadians, only filtered tap water. Two of the top-
The brand sold in Canada is Dasani owned by Coca.
Aquafina, owned by Coca-Cola and beverage rival Pepsi.
As Pepsi was forced to admit last year, both brands drew water directly from the municipal water supply system;
Dasani uses water from Calgary and Brampton faucets, while Aquafina uses tap water from Vancouver and Mississauga.
These companies are using our tap water and in Canada our average price of tap water is less than $1
One in ten per liter, filter it out, even though it is already very clean and sold to us for thousands of times the original price.
Perhaps even more irritating is that consumers not only pay high prices for filtered tap water, but taxpayers also take water by allowing these companies, heavily subsidizes municipal systems built by these companies with their taxes at the back end.
From a marketing point of view, bottled water is undoubtedly one of the success stories of modern times.
However, from a social, environmental and economic point of view, the success of bottled water has created numerous problems.
In response to these problems, governments, universities, schools, companies and restaurants across the country have stopped buying and selling bottled water.
They were thinking before drinking. You can too.
Sean Petti is former chairman of the Liberal Party of the Standing Committee on Policy Development Canada, Manitoba.
Justin Trudeau is a Liberal candidate for the Papineau federal ride.