Bottled water is currently the world’s fastest growing beverage. Canadians purchased 2.4 billion litres of bottled water in 2013. Concern over the presence of harmful bacteria or chemicals, is a major concern for Canadians who opt for bottled water.
Here are some common reasons Canadians are choosing bottled water over filtered water available in their homes.
Keeping a fridge full of bottled water is a quick and convenient way to fulfill your body’s hydration needs. The average cost of a single bottle of water is roughly $1.13. When compared to the cost of filtered water from your home (roughly $0.65 a day for the recommended amount) bottled water just isn’t cost effective.
BPA-free refillable bottles can be filled with water ahead of time and placed in the fridge for a quick grab and go option. This will cut costs down and keep your family hydrated no matter where they go.
It has been recommended that adults consume roughly 8 eight-ounce servings of water each day. Bottled water is labeled with the volume of water you are drinking – making it easy to track your intake in ounces. While this might seem like a convenient way to track your intake to meet recommendations, it’s hardly a foolproof method.
The recommendation of 8 eight-ounce glasses is not a one size fits all method. The best indication that you are getting enough water can be found when you use the restroom. The darker your urine, the more water you need to consume. Drinking water throughout the day will keep you hydrated.
If you find plain water unappealing, many bottled water brands also make flavored waters with hints of fruit, cucumber, coconut, or even mint. However, these additions increase the cost of water and in most cases are full of sugar, which includes additional calories.
If you like the idea of flavored water, check out some of our natural water recipes. With the addition of fresh fruit, you will avoid added sugars, unnatural flavorings, and increase your water intake, as fruit contains additional water.
While bottled water might seem like a convenient option, the carbon footprint and the cost are far greater than those of traditional filtered water from your home. Consider adding an Under Sink water filter for easy access to clean water.