Drinking fountains at Torchlight Parade let you refill your water bottles for free

The City of Minneapolis is serving up Minneapolis tap water during this year’s Aquatennial CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade. The parade often takes place on one of the hottest days of summer, so the City of Minneapolis wants to make it easy for folks to get access to free tap water.

During the parade, temporary Minneapolis drinking fountains will be stationed at:

The parade runs Wednesday evening from 8:30 to approximately 10:30 p.m. on Hennepin Avenue downtown. People who plan on attending should make sure to bring their re-usable water bottles for filling.


The City of Minneapolis wants to help tell local consumers about the quality and value of Minneapolis tap water. Folks may not be aware that Minneapolis provides safe, clean tap water that meets or surpasses federal and state guidelines for water safety, and costs less than half a penny a gallon. Tap water is far more economical for consumers – folks pay up to $10 a gallon or more for bottled water. And tap water is a much better choice for the environment. Plastic containers used for bottled water must be manufactured, filled and shipped to customers around the country. Ultimately, the bottles get thrown out. Minneapolis tap water doesn’t use any of these resources.

The City of Minneapolis’ water distribution system began operations in 1867 to create our system of hydrants for firefighters. These days, Water Works produces an average of 60 million gallons of water a day, enough to fill Lake of the Isles in four days. Minneapolis tap water goes to thousands of homes and businesses throughout Minneapolis, Bloomington, Columbia Heights, Golden Valley, Crystal, New Hope, Hilltop and the Morningside neighborhood of Edina. The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport also gets Minneapolis tap water.

You can get more information on the quality and value of Minneapolis tap water at www.tapmpls.com.

July 20, 2009

Published Jul 20, 2009