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    Household water supply

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    In 2009, 87% of Canadian households were connected to a municipal water supply, with fewer households in Atlantic Canada connected. New Brunswick had the lowest proportion receiving municipal water (48%), followed by Nova Scotia (60%). At 88%, Newfoundland and Labrador was slightly higher than Canada and Quebec (both 87%).

    In Manitoba, 84% of households had municipal water services; in Ontario, 89% did. In British Columbia, 90% of households were connected to a municipal water supply, with Alberta (91%) and Saskatchewan (94%) reporting the highest proportions.

    Most households have the option of drinking the water coming out of their taps—either from their municipality or from a private source—or they can drink bottled water. Of households that had a municipal water supply in 2009, 66% reported they drank primarily tap water, 24% drank primarily bottled water and 10% drank tap and bottled water equally.

    Chart 12.3 Municipal drinking water supply, by province, 2009
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