I read with interest the article written by Jillian Austin that appeared in the March 18 edition of the Brandon Sun, entitled, “Switch From Tap To Bottled Water Relieves Woman’s Pain.”
In the piece, Ms. Austin quotes City of Brandon director of water resources Patrick Pulak, who makes statements about bottled water that require correction.
As a federally regulated food product, Health Canada regulations for bottled water must be as strong and protective of public health as provincial regulations for tap water.
However, Sun readers need not take my word for it, nor Mr. Pulak’s, for that matter. When it comes to the quality, safety or regulation of bottled water, they can get the facts by simply visiting the Health Canada website (hc-sc.gc.ca).
Most Canadians don’t view bottled water and tap water as competing hydration alternatives. According to independent consumer research firm Probe Research (probe-research.com), 91 per cent of bottled water drinkers consume both. They drink tap water at home and bottled water away from home for health, hydration and convenience. Bottled water competes with other bottled beverages. It is not an alternative to tap water.
Bottled water manufacturers like Nestlé Waters Canada are included in the emergency plans of many municipalities today and bottled water is used exclusively by every ambulance, fire and police services organization across the country — including Brandon — because it is healthy, portable and safe.
JOHN B. CHALLINOR II
Director of corporate affairs, Nestlé Waters Canada