Hello My Friends
Welcome To The Vitality Project!
As a professional health coach concerned with the health and well-being of my clients it is my intention to improve your well-being and longevity by using the principles of nutrition, fitness, diet, lifestyle dynamics, and anti-aging medicine.
Together you and I will work as a team to accomplish all of your health needs and to ensure that you practice prevention and live your life through the lens of quality.
Remember….your quality of life is the measurement of successful living regardless of your age.
Dr. Kevin. J. McLaughlin
Clinical Director: The Vitality Project
Without going into detailed comparisons, I can assure you that bottled water and tap water can be from the same source depending upon the labelling of the bottles water product that you purchase.
Bottled water can contain mineral water, water from a spring source or purified municipal water from a municipal supply. Bottles water products produced in Canada are regulated by the food and drug act and monitored by the Canadian Food Inspection agency. These products are screened for bacterial content but there is not requirement to report the amounts of toxic metals or chemical contaminants and there is also no license requirement for a manufacturer of bottled water products.
Tap water is processed from surface water sources and is regulated by Health Canada. Municipal water suppliers are exposed to rigorous testing and reporting systems. Municipal water is checked for chemicals and bacterial levels and the water treatment facilities do undergo inspections. Municipalities have to report levels of chemical contaminants and bacteria to the consumer on an annual basis. However; the manufacturers of bottled water only have to satisfy labelling requirements which are placed upon their product.
Bottled water can only be produced shipped and stored if it passes all the quality control procedures but municipal water supplies can be provided on an on-going basis before any laboratory results come back to the regulators. Bottled water also does not contain any chlorine which is a requirement for municipal suppliers. This means that the shelf life of bottled water is a factor. Depending upon the labelling of the bottles water, you may be getting a completely different type of product. For example, if the label states that it is spring water, the water has to be from a spring. If it states that it is mineral water, sparkling water or purified water, it simply could be municipal water which has been treated with minerals, carbon dioxide and purified before being added to the bottles.
Of course, the cost and the environmental impact also should be assessed. The cost of municipal water compared to bottled water is quite significant. The cost of municipal water is approximately one dollar per 1000 liters compared to bottled water which may cost over 500.00 for the same amount of water.
To determine what type of water source is the best choice for you, you have to look at several things:
Bottled water costs a lot more than tap water.
The quality of bottled water can be variable depending upon the labelling. The taste can also be variable depending upon the constituents of the bottled water and the source. I have found the taste of tap water to be variable but the chlorine smell and taste is unmistakable.
3. Environmental Concerns
There is a cost to the environment by choosing bottled water, however most bottles are recyclable. Most municipalities have recycle programs.
So where does that leave you? Well, my feelings about this are that I don’t like the smell and taste of municipal water and I would rather drink water from a natural spring supply where the constituents of the water are clearly labelled on the bottle and the highest quality and safety standards are followed.
I don’t mind paying extra for fresher, better tasting water and I use recycling bins for the bottles I use. If you are contemplating purchasing bottled water, please read the labels carefully.