Bottled water is water sold to consumers in sealed glass or plastic containers. In Canada, bottled water is considered to be a food and is regulated under the Food and Drugs Act. Under the Act and its regulations, all bottled water offered for sale in Canada must be safe for people to drink. In addition, the companies that bottle water must comply with quality standards, good manufacturing practices, and labelling requirements.
Bottled water labelled as "mineral" or "spring" water, is potable water (fit for human consumption) that comes from an underground source. It cannot come from a public water supply. Other types of bottled water may be manufactured from public sources, including tap water and well water. No matter what source it comes from, all bottled water sold in Canada is inspected and treated during the manufacturing process to ensure that it meets Canada's requirements for safety and quality.
Benefits of Bottled Water The benefits associated with bottled water depend on your personal preferences. Some people choose bottled water because it is handy; they can just grab it and go. It is also a convenient way to store large amounts of water for emergency purposes. (Public Safety Canada recommends storing enough water to supply your family for at least 72 hours as part of your basic emergency kit. This means 2 litres of water per person per day for drinking, plus water for pets. You can also store an additional 2 litres of water per person per day, for cooking and cleaning.)
Others may choose bottled water because they prefer the taste when compared with water from other sources (e.g., tap water, well water). Some people think that bottled water is safer than tap water, but there is no evidence to support this. The quality standards for bottled and municipal waters in Canada are similar. All bottled and municipal waters that meet or exceed the required health and safety standards are considered to be safe.