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NY Times Report: City Council Shuns Bottles in Favor of Water From Tap

waterbottle.jpgThe New York City Council has become the latest government agency to take a stand against bottled water.

Last week, the speaker’s office announced that it would stop buying bottled water for the Council’s downtown offices, which went through at least 6,000 single-serving bottles last year. As a result, bottled water will no longer be available at City Council events or official functions.

“We are obviously going to make paper cups available,” said Christine C. Quinn, the Council speaker. “We are going to urge people to bring in their own reusable water bottles.”

In addition, the city has started a pilot program with water coolers that use filtered tap water. Nine of the coolers have been installed in the last six months at City Hall and in the Municipal Building.

“It is a bit hypocritical for the city to be buying bottled water for city buildings while it is encouraging New Yorkers to drink city tap water,” said Simcha Felder, a Brooklyn councilman who pressed the cooler issue at budget hearings.

These small shifts come as the United States Conference of Mayors, meeting this weekend in Miami, plans to debate a resolution urging city governments across the country to do the same.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, a co-sponsor of the resolution, is a self-professed consumer of New York City tap water.

“Not only at home, but at every restaurant. Every time they say, ‘Would you like tap or still?’ I say, ‘New York City,’ ” Mr. Bloomberg said on Monday. “This is the best water in the world. Restaurants like to sell bottles of water, I understand, but I always drink tap water.”

8 Responses

  1. Do they filter out the bugs for Felder? If you make the calculation you will find that bottled water can easily cost more than gas.

  2. Flatbush bubby,
    It’s good to hear from you again.
    It’s been a while since your last post and I hope all is well.
    Keep it up.

  3. Most city water in the U.S. has chlorine added to kill bacteria and Flouride added to kill you.

    Flouride was once believed to help stop tooth decay. The latest research shows that the research was fraudulent.

    The National Research Council, the U.S. Government’s highest scientific body has warned that flouridated water can irreparably harm infants who drink powdered formula mixed with City tap water. They recommend using quality bottled water.

    If you doubt that Flouride is dangerous, just turn over your tube of flouridated toothpaste, and read the FDA-mandated warning there.

    Why this poison–more deadly than arsenic–is still being injected into the water supply is a long story of industrial greed and political cowardice.

  4. A bende Meshiguim!

    What does it disturb anyone if we drink fom bottles.
    Soon they will decide what color underpants we must wear.(Green)

    I like dear park and evian,… just so you know!!!

  5. Tap water may not be kosher in NYC.Ask your Rov what to drink.Filters are very important to eliminate copepods in the tap (faucet) water.

  6. Deepthinker:

    What is the bracha on “flouridated water?” Is it mezonos or if you bake it is it matzah and hamotzi?

    By the way, the stuff they put it our water is “Fluoride,” not “Flouride.

  7. rebshalom, you beat me to it.

    “Do you realize that fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous Communist plot we have ever had to face?”

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