Yes, this is a photo of a littered half full bottle of water. Oddly, for many Americans, bottled water holds more value than clean tap water. Over the past two decades, the consumption of bottled water has more than tripled in the United States. The cost of a single bottle of water, depending on the brand, is 250-10,000 times more expensive than tap. Interestingly, anywhere from 25-40 percent of bottled water in the U.S. comes from municipal sources: aka tap water.