City of Monticello, MN


Bottled vs. Tap

Did You Know?

  • On average, bottled water consumes around 2,000 times more energy than tap water

  • 30,000,000 bottles per day end up in landfills or the ocean

  • Only 5% of plastic water bottles are recycled in the U.S.

  • Tap water is tested more often and held to higher safety standards than bottled water in the U.S.

  • 1 Liter of bottled water requires 3 Liters of water to produce

  • Bottled water costs on average approximately 1,000 times more than tap water in the U.S., more by volume than gasoline or soda

How Safe is Tap Water?
The public water supply is regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  All municipal water systems serving 25 or more people are tested regularly for up to 118 chemicals and bacteria specificed by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).  Individual states may require additional testing.  Everyone who gets their tap water from a public system is therefore assured of regular testing and certain standards.  And, when testing indicates a problem, corrective actions are instituted.  These actions include notifying residents about the problem and informing them of ny special precautions that may be necessary.

How is Bottled Water Regulated?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sets standards for bottled water if the water is bottled in one state and sold in another.  FDA requirements are generally less rigorous than those of the SDWA.  When the EPA promulgates a standard for a chemical or microbial contaminant for public water, the FDA must either adopt the same standard for bottled water or find that the standard is unnecessary for bottled water to maintain the safety of the water. 

What About Fluoride?

Fluoride is an essential component in the reduction of tooth decay, especially in children.  Drinking fluoridated water is more effective than using toothpastes or mouth rinses that contain fluoride.  Fluoride from toothpaste is only on the teeth for a short time, whereas consumption of fluoridated water allows fluoride to continually be delivered to the teeth through the bloodstream and saliva.  Fluoride can therefore also be incorporated into teeth as they form in childhood.

In Minnesota, almost all people who obtain water from public water systems receive fluoridated water.  In contrast, most bottled water does not contain an optimal level of fluoride.  Therefore, it is important that parents buying bottled water for their family determine how much fluoride is present in the water.  This is not a simple task as bottlers are not required to provide fluoride information on the label and one may have to contact the bottling company to find out what level of fluoride is in the bottled water.

Are the Plastic Bottles Safe to Reuse?
An issue of concern is the reuse of the bottles. Reused bottles may be contaminated with bacteria and other disease-causing organisms. Reusing the bottles may expose people to unhealthy microorganisms, especially if the bottles are not washed appropriately after each use.

What's the Cost Difference?
In Monticello, residential tap water costs $14.30 for 3,740 Gallons
You purchase a case of water for your family, $5 on average, (24) 16 oz. bottles = 3 Gallons (128 oz/gallon)
Let's compare apples to apples:
   Bottled Water:  3,740 Gallons  = $6,250.00
   Tap Water:        3,740 Gallons =  $     14.30
   That's a Difference of:                  $6,235.70   WOW!

City of Monticello - 505 Walnut Street - Monticello, Minnesota - 55362 - Phone: 763-295-2711 - Fax: 763-295-4404