Research: Drinking Water-Private Or Public: A Case Study Of The Canadian Industry

Within Canada, the subject of Water-Taking Permits for the purpose of resale (bottled water) has created controversy which is both historical and ongoing (The Council of Canadians, 2010; Bueckert, 2016). Current data indicates that almost 9 million Canadian residents depend on their local groundwater for potable water use and that these same sources also supply water to larger communities, and further that many of these groundwater sources are also used by businesses (The Government of Ontario, 2013; ECCC, 2013). Several stakeholders are involved, namely: respective levels of government, the industry engaged in Water-Taking for bottled resale, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) advocating for water security, and consumers who are the ultimate end users of water either bottled or from source. Within the theory domains, research and discussion on Governance, Social Justice and Social Goods, and Resource and Environmental Economics, along with Public and Private Partnerships are explored with a view to understanding the theortetical components of contemplated research in additional to secondary technical data and information. The research seeks to analyse the persectives from the stakeholders via interviews and compare the results with a view towards better understanding the issue and identifying the views of Canadian consumers as an important economic factor.