To give some perspective on the cost of drinking water, let’s consider what other people in North Carolina are paying as well as take a look a the cost of some comparable beverages.
Cost per 1,000 gallons
Previous Raleigh water rate $ 2.63
Current Raleigh water rate $ 2.83 (as of 5/2009)
Fayetteville water rate $ 2.20
Greenville water rate $ 2.95
Cary water rate $ 3.28
Apex water rate $ 3.52
Asheville water rate $ 4.61
Water in gallon containers $ 1,050.00 ($1.05/gal)
Water in bulk cases of 24, 20 oz bottles $ 1,061.33 (6,400 bottles/ 1000 gallons)
Springtime water in 33.8 oz singles $4,885.21 ($1.29/33.8 oz, $4.89/gal)
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Pepsi products $ 3389.35 ($3.39/gal, $1.79/2L)
Coca-cola products $ 3389.35 ($3.39/gal, $1.79/2L)
Lemonade $ 1,690.00 ($1.69/gal)
Tea $ 1,990.00 ($1.99/gal)
Milk $ 3,990.00 ($3.99/gal)
Orange Juice $ 3,990.00 ($3.99/gal)
Apple Juice $ 4,490.00 ($4.49/gal)
Wine ($10.99/gal) $ 10,990.00
Bud-light when purchased in 12 oz/ 6 pack $14,178.00 ($7.99/pack)
These calculations are based on prices obtained from Food Lion in the Greystone shopping center on Tuesday April 28, 2009.