Two billion people around the world do not have access to clean drinking water. We've seen the effects of not having this valuable resource, and with bad experiences comes a loss of trust.
Bottled water has made a name for itself by being the better option, but the numbers show otherwise. More than 60% of bottled water is tap water, meaning that one bottle you bought from the store has been marked up 3,000% from its original price. More importantly, bottled water is regulated by the FDA, which requires testing only once a week, meaning a higher likelihood of bacterial outbreaks. In the months that it can take for bottled water to be stocked on the shelves in stores, the heat on the plastic bottles can cause microplastic particles to leach into the water you're drinking.
We've made it our mission for more than 100 years to provide the Upstate with safe, affordable, superior-quality water. Greenville's water comes directly from our protected surface water sources, Table Rock and North Saluda, requiring very little treatment to meet and exceed state and federal regulations. Greenville Water tests more than 100 samples a month - 25 times more than FDA's bottled water requirements - amounting to more than 110,000 water samples taken each year to ensure that your water is safe to drink. Because our water sources are protected by a conservation easement with The Nature Conservancy, they are in pristine condition, which allows Greenville Water to keep customers' water affordable.
Greenville Water is proud to provide the community with some of the best water in the country, and we are committed to continuing this legacy - it's our promise to provide quality water for a sustainable future. That's why Greenville trusts the tap.