Minneapolis tap water creates less waste

Everyone who lives in Minneapolis gets clean, safe water right from their own faucets. However, residents may not realize that choosing tap water has significant environmental benefits.

Tap water gets to Minneapolis homes and businesses through a network of water mains. We draw our water supply from the Mississippi River. This water goes to one of our two water facilities where it is cleaned and treated before it goes into the mains for all customers to use. Because there’s no need for trucking or shipping, there’s no unnecessary burning of fossil fuels to get that water to you.

Bottled water, on the other hand, often originates hundreds, sometimes thousands, of miles away. The water is bottled at a factory, boxed up, and shipped to stores around the country and the world. A lot of oil and gas is consumed just getting something as basic as drinking water to customers.

Water bottles are intended to be used only once. After the water is consumed, the bottles get thrown out and end up in landfills or incinerators. Even if recycled, there’s some energy wasted in the process. In addition, the shipping process means lots of unnecessary packaging material that ends up in the trash.

To find out more about why Minneapolis tap water is a smart environmental choice, visit the Tap Minneapolis website: www.tapmpls.com. You can also take an online pledge to choose Minneapolis tap.

July 6, 2009

Published Jul. 6, 2009