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Water on-the-go

Safe and clean tap water is also available when you’re away from home. You can refill a reusable container anywhere you have access to a fountain or tap!

The Region of Peel is partnering with Blue W to provide residents with free access to municipal tap water.

Hundreds of Peel businesses are part of Blue W, a non-profit network of shops, restaurants and businesses where you can refill a reusable bottle with tap water for free.

Search our interactive map to find locations near you, or look for the Blue W label in participating business windows.

As the Blue W network grows, so does the convenience of drinking tap water while away from home. All you need to participate is a reusable container.

To learn more about Blue W visit their site at bluew.org.

Video: Blue W – Refill and Refresh

This video created by the students of Ascension of Our Lord Secondary School in Mississauga shows you why using Blue W is a smart and refreshing choice. Watch video.

How to make tap water the most convenient choice, while on the go:

  • Remember to bring a reusable water container (or keep one in your bag or purse)
  • Check in with Blue W before you go somewhere new so you can locate convenient refilling locations.
  • Look for the Blue W label in business windows.
  • Keep an extra container in the car for times when you forget to bring one with you.

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How to choose the right type of reusable container

There is a wide variety of reusable beverage containers and accessories on the market. Pick the one that is best suited to your lifestyle!

Stainless steel bottles

Look for insulated versions of stainless steel bottles to keep your drinks at the right temperature. Containers with wide openings are easier to clean and are large enough that you can easily add ice cubes. There are many sizes, colours and shapes of stainless steel bottles, which make it easy to find a design you like. They also come in smaller, kid-friendly sizes. A metallic taste is sometimes associated with stainless steel bottles.

Aluminum bottles

Aluminum is one of the most environmentally friendly materials in the world because it is extremely easy to reuse as scrap metal, regaining nearly all of its properties and making it ideal for repurposing. Aluminum bottles will crack if they are frozen. Look for a scent- and taste-neutral liner that is resistant to acids in fruit juices and energy drinks.

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Glass bottles

Look for double-walled construction to keep drinks hot or cold without getting sweaty or hot to the touch. This container is just like your regular drinking glasses at home. A wide mouth accommodates ice cubes and makes cleaning easy. This option is more easily broken than others. If you're accident-prone, look for glass bottles that come with silicone sleeves to protect your bottle and make it easy to grip.

Collapsible bottles (also known as soft or foldable bottles)

After you've emptied them, these collapsible, soft bottles can be flattened and rolled up for portability and can be conveniently stored in any bag, purse or pocket. They are ideal for any time you want to carry a reusable bottle but are short on space. Some of these bottles are top rack dishwasher safe. These bottles are not as easy to clean as wider-mouth containers but are perfect for the times you're on the go and want to use a reusable bottle.

Plastic water bottles

A note about plastics: Chemicals are typically added to plastics to give them certain qualities, to make them soft or hard or to give them colour or fire resistance. Avoid bottles containing:

  • Bisephanol A (BPA) is found in polycarbonate plastics and is used to make it hard.
  • Phthalates are found in polyvinyl chloride plastics (PVC and vinyl) and are used to make it soft and flexible.

Some of these chemicals are believed to be harmful to human health and the environment.

There are a range of plastic water bottles to choose from. When buying a reusable plastic water container, look for ones that are BPA-free, phthalate-free and food safe.

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How to keep your reusable container clean

Always read the packaging on a new container carefully for care instructions. Some bottles are dishwasher safe.  Most recommend using hot soapy water and rinsing thoroughly.
How to dry your bottles:

  • Allow bottles to air dry completely.
  • Don't leave water bottles to dry on towels as the towels could contain traces of bacteria.
  • Store your water bottle open so that any leftover water can evaporate.

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