This article is Selma’s second environmental blog post.

”First, I would like to introduce myself. I’m an environmentalist, I have a masters degree from Études Technologie Superier. I’m very passionate about environmental and water science, and I would like to share my knowledge with you.”

Many people think that bottled water is much cleaner than tap water, is it true?

The same drinking water quality standards are required regardless of the source. The Quebec government enforces severe drinking water quality regulations for the protection of public health.

Did you know that some bottled water come from municipal waters (and not springs)? The bottled water is analyzed only at the source, and not after its extraction! In comparison, tap water is analyzed and controlled not only at the sewage treatment plant, but also on its way into the distribution network.

Do you dislike the taste of tap water?

If you dislike the taste of tap water, what you’re tasting is chlorine. Chlorine is added to the last stage of tap water treatment in order to eliminate any pathogenic bacteria left over. The chlorine content in drinking water is very low and, most importantly, safe for your health. From now on, when you taste chlorine in your tap water, you will be reassured that your water is very clean.

Did you know that plastic takes 400 years to biodegrade?

If it takes 400 years for a plastic bottle to biodegrade, where are bottles stored during that time? According to Recyc-Québec, in 2012 about 63% of plastic bottles were recycled, while the rest were buried in landfill! A 2010 study conducted by American Science magazine found that 8 million tonnes of the world’s plastic waste is in the oceans. If we estimate that one 1.5L bottle weighs 40 grams, the volume of plastic waste is about 3,108 m3 – which is 101 times greater than the Eiffel tower!

Before buying a bottle of water, think about the ensuing environmental damage. Before going out, don’t forget your beautiful reusable bottle filled with tap water. Save your money and enjoy the quality of your drinking water.