On average, tap water in the US costs about $0.002 per gallon where bottled water costs roughly $1.50 per 16 oz bottle. One gallon is equal to 128 ounces. To compare, 128 ounces of water at the bottled water price would cost $12.00.
In a developed country like the US, getting a whole gallon of water out of the tap costs less than a penny on average. Therefore, the difference between the price of tap water and the price of bottled water is basically whatever the bottled water costs. Even buying in bulk, bottled water will cost over a dollar a gallon.
Of course, of something like a natural disaster or hazardous waste makes the tap water unsafe, bottled water is occasionally the only option.
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