The mayors of New York and San Francisco are pushing a radical, bold new idea: It's okay to drink the tap water. NYC Mayor Mike ...
NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg is defending his city's $700,000 ad buy promoting its tap water, saying that drinking more water can improve residents' health:
"If you can get [people] to drink a couple glasses more of water and a couple of fewer drinks of sweetened drinks, you could make a big difference in the biggest health threat that we see in this city today - and that's obesity," Bloomberg explained.
In San Fran, Mayor Gavin Newsom has just prohibited city agencies from buying bottled water for their workers -- which had been costing the city $500,000 a year.
As the San Francisco Chronicle notes, this isn't the first instance of its kind:
In 2005, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ordered city agencies to stop buying bottled water for employees after the media reported that the city had spent nearly $90,000 on it. At the same time, the city water agency was financing a $1 million ad campaign praising the virtues of what came out of the tap.
In many places, it isn't just that tap water is as good as bottled water -- the stuff coming out of the faucet is often better than the $2.00 bottle at the store. Just ask Cleveland.
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
Are Muni Bonds Being Replaced by Direct Loans?1 day ago
Unrest Continues in Ferguson1 day ago
To Save Money, Cal State Considers Not Accepting Freshmen at All1 day ago
Judges Overturn Gay Marriage Bans in Mississippi and Arkansas1 day ago
How the GOP's Rust Belt Governors Might Fix its 1% Problem1 day ago
New San Francisco Rule Prevents Employers from Changing Worker Schedules1 day ago