Ending bottled water biz wouldn’t increase tap water consumed

Community Sep 11, 2009 Ancaster News

Re; Is your bottled water a pure choice?, Aug. 21, Letters

Iread with interest, the letter to the editor written by Barry Thompson about bottled water that appeared in the Aug. 21 edition of the Stoney Creek News entitled, Is your bottled water a pure choice?

In the piece, Mr. Thompson repeats numerous now-discredited myths about bottled water that one typically reads on the Internet. The letter strongly resembles an anti-bottled water campaign letter recently circulated by environmental activist organizations Polaris Institute and the Council of Canadians.

Anti-bottled water activists like to pit the merits of tap water against bottled water – an irrelevant comparison.

Most Canadians don't drink bottled water instead of tap water. They drink bottled water instead of less healthy bottled beverages. Most drink tap water at home and bottled water out-of-home to support their busy, on-the-go lifestyles. Most say they would revert back to other bottled beverages if bottled water is not available.

The fact is if the bottled water business disappeared tomorrow, there would be no noticeable increase in the amount of tap water consumed by Canadians.

Contrary to Mr. Thompson's assertion, Canada is a net importer of water. Further, both provincial and federal legislation is in force that protects and significantly limits export of the country's water resources.

Finally, that valuable resource is owned by the Crown. It is not and cannot be owned by domestic or international interests, including individuals, other levels of government like municipalities or industry.

John B. Challinor, II APR Director of Corporate Affairs Nestlé Waters Canada

Ending bottled water biz wouldn’t increase tap water consumed

Community Sep 11, 2009 Ancaster News

Re; Is your bottled water a pure choice?, Aug. 21, Letters

Iread with interest, the letter to the editor written by Barry Thompson about bottled water that appeared in the Aug. 21 edition of the Stoney Creek News entitled, Is your bottled water a pure choice?

In the piece, Mr. Thompson repeats numerous now-discredited myths about bottled water that one typically reads on the Internet. The letter strongly resembles an anti-bottled water campaign letter recently circulated by environmental activist organizations Polaris Institute and the Council of Canadians.

Anti-bottled water activists like to pit the merits of tap water against bottled water – an irrelevant comparison.

Most Canadians don't drink bottled water instead of tap water. They drink bottled water instead of less healthy bottled beverages. Most drink tap water at home and bottled water out-of-home to support their busy, on-the-go lifestyles. Most say they would revert back to other bottled beverages if bottled water is not available.

The fact is if the bottled water business disappeared tomorrow, there would be no noticeable increase in the amount of tap water consumed by Canadians.

Contrary to Mr. Thompson's assertion, Canada is a net importer of water. Further, both provincial and federal legislation is in force that protects and significantly limits export of the country's water resources.

Finally, that valuable resource is owned by the Crown. It is not and cannot be owned by domestic or international interests, including individuals, other levels of government like municipalities or industry.

John B. Challinor, II APR Director of Corporate Affairs Nestlé Waters Canada

Ending bottled water biz wouldn’t increase tap water consumed

Community Sep 11, 2009 Ancaster News

Re; Is your bottled water a pure choice?, Aug. 21, Letters

Iread with interest, the letter to the editor written by Barry Thompson about bottled water that appeared in the Aug. 21 edition of the Stoney Creek News entitled, Is your bottled water a pure choice?

In the piece, Mr. Thompson repeats numerous now-discredited myths about bottled water that one typically reads on the Internet. The letter strongly resembles an anti-bottled water campaign letter recently circulated by environmental activist organizations Polaris Institute and the Council of Canadians.

Anti-bottled water activists like to pit the merits of tap water against bottled water – an irrelevant comparison.

Most Canadians don't drink bottled water instead of tap water. They drink bottled water instead of less healthy bottled beverages. Most drink tap water at home and bottled water out-of-home to support their busy, on-the-go lifestyles. Most say they would revert back to other bottled beverages if bottled water is not available.

The fact is if the bottled water business disappeared tomorrow, there would be no noticeable increase in the amount of tap water consumed by Canadians.

Contrary to Mr. Thompson's assertion, Canada is a net importer of water. Further, both provincial and federal legislation is in force that protects and significantly limits export of the country's water resources.

Finally, that valuable resource is owned by the Crown. It is not and cannot be owned by domestic or international interests, including individuals, other levels of government like municipalities or industry.

John B. Challinor, II APR Director of Corporate Affairs Nestlé Waters Canada