Water is integral to life in Minneapolis. We’re home to the biggest waterfall on the Mississippi River – the waterway that gave life to the mills that put our city on the map. Minneapolis is at the northernmost point of shipping on the Mississippi. Who reading this hasn’t enjoyed our riverfront or spent time by our City Lakes?
Getting less fanfare is the water that comes out of our taps. We have some of the finest drinking water in the world. Our tap water has won taste tests against bottled water. We use state-of-the-art techniques to make sure the water that reaches homes and businesses is safe and great tasting. Minneapolis tap water is also a bargain, with a gallon costing just a fraction of a penny. Yet too many people choose bottled water over tap.
We’re going to try and change this. We’re getting the word out about why tap water is a better choice. We want people to know that drinking our tap water is better than bottled. It’s cheaper, and far more eco-friendly.
Think about it: Every bottle of water you see at the store needed to be shipped there from a factory, burning fossil fuel in the process. Resources also go toward manufacturing the containers which, after the water is gulped down, often end up in trash bins. This is wasted energy, and the whole process creates greenhouse gases and fills garbage landfills.
As for the water inside those bottles, some of it comes from the South Pacific, adding even more environmental costs to shipping. Many brands bottle tap water! People who think bottled water is of a higher quality than tap may be surprised to learn that there’s often not much of a difference.
But even when tap and bottled water have similarities, there’s a huge difference in cost. The other day, I saw a vending machine selling 20 oz. bottles of water for $1.50 apiece. People are paying close to $10 a gallon for water! They’d scream if they saw unleaded gas selling for that much, yet they think nothing about paying that much for something as basic as water. Compare the bottled water price to the cost of tap water, where that same buck-and-a-half can get you 385 gallons or more.
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