I need to create a WTF pigeon hole for my posts.
Elevated levels of lead in our tap water.
Small article in the Times' Green blog states that New York's drinking water now has 'normal' levels of lead in it. Oh, yay.
Apparently the city has been running an ad campaign since last November about running tap water for 30 seconds before drinking it or cooking with it.
Really? I read papers, I listen to WNYC, I ride the subway. All excellent places for an ad about a serious, long term health hazard in city water.
This is the first I have heard about it.
I drink tap water every day. I consider bottled water one of the biggest hoaxes ever perpetrated on consumers, and one of the most avoidable sources of unnecessary plastic.
But would it have been safer to drink plastic water for the last, six, seven, eight - how many? no one is saying - months?
What about children?
Call me naive. I thought safe drinking water was something we traveled to Third World countries to provide.