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    Have you looked into your local water?

    Water is a vital resource that most Americans are accustomed to using abundantly everyday. Receiving clean water from the tap is so widely expected that discussing the origins or treatment methods of the water tend to be overlooked. Investigating your local water agency’s website is a task that is well worth your time not only because you are educating yourself about an important resource in your community, but also because you are enabling yourself to relay the information to friends and family. Who knows, you may find that there are more serious contaminants in your groundwater than what you assumed.
    To better explain information that can be found in a water agency website, I decided to investigate two different water agencies: the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and Mojave Water Agency (MWA). The main reason why I chose these two water agencies is because I wanted to compare the differences of websites that represent two areas with a distinct difference in population.
    Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP, based in Los Angeles, CA)


    This website definitely contains a significant amount of information about all kinds of issues relating to Los Angeles water (and power!). Here I was able to read a brief history about LA water and learn about current water projects happening in the county. I was able to read answers to frequently asked questions regarding LA water, such as “Is the water safe to drink directly from the faucet?” or “Is bottled water safer to drink than tap water?” Groundwater and water purchased from the Metr0politan Water District of Southern California (MWD) are the primary sources of water for Los Angeles. There was also a report about the quality of LA water that gave a brief overview of the current water concerns and the levels of contaminants (arsenic, barium, fluoride, etc.) found.
    It is obvious that Angelenos and city officials should be up to date with information published by LADWP considering it is concerning their local water. However, it is important for other California residents, state legislators and neighboring states to be aware of future water plans of major cities because of the impact imbalanced water distribution has on small communities and the environment.

    Mojave Water Agency (MWA, based in Apple Valley, CA)
    This website was easier to navigate since it strictly covered water in a less populated area. Here I was able to learn about water projects happening in the high desert, such as projects connected to the Mojave River and State Water Project. I was also able to learn that high desert water is obtained primarily from groundwater and the State Water Project, and that more water is consumed than what is available. The site offers information regarding conservation methods and outreach, not to mention the agency hosts gatherings to educate the community about their facilities and the history of water in the area.
    Be sure to check out your local water district’s website and learn the details of the water that you are so accustomed to accessing with such ease. You may be surprised to learn about water projects happening in your area, or contamination that must be dealt with.

    Investigating your local water | Enlighten Together
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    Good point. We take our tap water - or how healthy it actually is; for granted. Perhaps my latent paranoia has something to do with this, but I buy bottled water. To drink, that is. I use tap water to cook food and wash my hands and such.

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    I use a water pitcher filter from ZeroWater. I fill it up, let it drip down through the filter & it tastes so different than tap water. Coffee & tea tastes way better without the chlorine & other stuff. I can tell when it's time to change the filter, after a few weeks it starts tasting like tap water. The filters aren't cheap but it's worth the money. I've used other brands but supposedly the ZeroWater filters out more junk than the others; IF the labels on the filters are actually accurate. I have one pitcher at work & one at home.

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    The water we get is from Lake Michigan. It's' common knowledge that fish contaminate it by pissing in it, that's why I only drink rain water.
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    You should not forget tho, that it is natural for water to contain a certain amount of minerals etc(Our body needs theese minerals, and our natural source for theese minerals is normal water).
    So completly clean water is probably not as healthy as the water that occurs more naturally.

    Also the number of people who drink bottled water, that actually have perfectly natural, healthy tap water is too damn high.
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    As a water treatment engineer, I will say i'd be happy for people to read up on the stuff, if for no other reason, in the long run, they may become use to seeing that water generally has some trace amounts of all kinds of stuff in it.
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    My tap water comes from a bore hole somewhere in the backyard (joys of living in the country). I drink it, very clear, no weird smells, no taste whatsoever and very, very cold (makes my teeth hurt sometimes from how cold it is). I'm used to drinking water from bore holes since I was kid so I really don't care unless it starts smelling, looking weird or tasting weird.

    On the other hand, I refuse to drink tap water in towns. In Portugal for example, they use chlorine to threat it and I can't stand the bleach taste in it...

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    Looking at the testing and regulation practices (or lack thereof), I will avoid bottled water at all costs. If I stop at a gas station, I'd rather fill up my nalgene in the bathroom (more often than not the soda fountain has a water dispenser and sometimes you'll find a drinking fountain) rather than buy a bottle.

    Municipal water sources are tested around the clock, thanks to such legislation as the Safe Drinking Water Act and the EPA. Bottled water has functionally no regulatory oversight if it isn't crossing state lines. This isn't even addressing the problems of long-term water storage in plastic containers.

    Regulating Public Water Systems and Contaminants Under the Safe Drinking Water Act | Regulation Development | US EPA
    http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d09861t.pdf

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