Tapping into New York’s water

Waterblogged.info picked the wrong rental agency

Waterblogged.info picked the wrong rental agency

Waterblogged.info’s entire (and largely imaginary) editorial team is sharing a “two-bedroom” apartment in East Midtown. The owner’s ad claimed that it could sleep six, but as it turns out, there was an unfortunate misunderstanding. They meant six elves, the same wee folk that co-wrote the ad, insisting that the apartment had “high ceilings.” Nonetheless, after my wife and I threw out the editorial staff to fend for themselves, it is comfortable, cool, and quiet.

And it has delicious tap water. That’s no big deal in New York: The Big Onion (as it was called before, we guess, PR wizards worked their transmogrifying magic) has, by all accounts, the best-tasting tap water in the nation. According to Riverkeeper, an organization that calls itself “New York’s #1 clean water advocate”:

New Yorkers are fortunate to have some of the finest tap water in the world. Most of this drinking water comes from three upstate reservoir systems called watersheds. The geology of the forests, swamps and farms in the watersheds naturally filter out pollutants, rendering the water pure enough to supply up to 1.5 billion gallons of drinking water to over nine million New Yorkers daily.

Unlike the guys who own this apartment, the good folk at Riverkeeper do not lie: The water coming from our tap tastes wonderfully fresh and pure. Who’s to say if it’s the best in the country, but by way of comparison, our Northern California spigot juice has a slight but definite chemical taste.

Tomorrow, more fascinating (no, really) information about NYC’s water.

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