Happy Earth Week! During the COVID-19 pandemic several news outlets have reported that many people in our communities have begun stockpiling plastic water bottles.
However, research shows that bottled water is more expensive, less safe and more harmful to our ecosystems than tap water for many reasons. Ottawa Riverkeeper compiled a list of 10 reasons why you should say NO to bottled water back in 2015.
Most importantly, within the Ottawa River watershed most water treatment facilities are world-class and provide us with access to safe drinking water straight out of our taps! This is a right everyone should have, but not everyone does. Within the watershed, many First Nations communities still have limited access to safe drinking water. If you are fortunate enough to live in a municipality where water treatment professionals work to provide a constant and safe supply of safe drinking water, even during this time of crisis, Ottawa Riverkeeper encourages you to drink from the tap.
We invite you to toast the essential workers that keep our water clean and drinkable. People like Katie, who is an Environmental Services Officer in the Water Distribution Branch for the City of Ottawa, our volunteer Rhonda, who is in the Water and Wastewater Technician program at Algonquin College, and our friend Ian, who is a Water Quality Engineer for the City of Ottawa. These individuals who, outside of their work life, volunteer with Ottawa Riverkeeper to continue to protect our watershed.
That’s why we are inviting you, fellow residents of the Ottawa River watershed, to take the #TapWaterChallenge! Post your #TapWaterChallenge and tag us to have a chance to win some amazing prizes we have purchased from some of our favourite local businesses and river friends!