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Drinking Water
Drinking FountainIf you are considering buying bottled water in Banff, consider this: 
  • Banff's tap water tastes great!
  • Drinking tap water means no plastic bottles to discard
  • Tap water is a fraction of the cost of bottled water
  • Banff tap water is readily available 

No Bottled Water available in Public Facilities
In May 2010, the Town of Banff banned the sale of bottled water at Town-owned facilities and Town-sponsored events. This was done to be more environmentally friendly, and to encourage the use of refillable water bottles. 4 new water filling stations have been installed.  

What Makes Our Water So Good?
         The Source
  • Banff’s drinking water comes from deep underground wells. Alberta Environment rates Banff's tap water as "High Quality Groundwater."
         Our Safety Standards
  • Banff water is disinfected with chlorine as it is pumped from the wells into a reservoir located on Tunnel Mountain. Town staff tests the water daily to ensure the water is safe for public consumption. Banff’s drinking water consistently meets all standards set by the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality.

What is water hardness?

Water hardness is caused by the presence of calcium and magnesium in the ground and surface water.  The concentration of these minerals will determine the hardness of the water.
0 to 75 = Soft
75 to <150 = Medium Hard
150 to <300 Hard
300+ = Very Hard
On average the Town of Banff"s water hardness is 190 mg/L concentration of calcium carbonate.

What is pH?
pH is a quantitative measure of the hydrogen ion representing the acidy or alkalinity of a solution.  The pH scale ranges from 0-14.  A pH less than 7 is considered acidic & a pH greater than 7 is considered alkaline.  Pure water's pH is 7.
On average the Town of Banff's pH is 8. 

In Banff, you can simply turn on the tap and enjoy a delicious glass of water any time.