Why the city of Nashville has become the largest tap water bottler

NEW YORK — The biggest city in the U.S. is now the biggest market for tap water in the country, according to data released Thursday.

The Los Angeles-based company Waterfront Research Group says it has pegged Nashville to become the second-largest market in the nation for bottled water, which it estimates will account for 25 percent of the city’s water supply by 2030.

Waterfront says the tap water market is set to grow from about $8 billion in 2014 to $21 billion by 2030 and that demand is projected to increase to about $20 billion by 2025.

The company says the average price of bottled water in Nashville, Tenn., is $2.75 per 1,000 gallons and that it is expected to rise to $3 per 1.0 gallons in 2025.

The company also says Nashville’s water is among the most efficient in the United States.