Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sacramento Water, Cleanest in State

This is great news, as reported by the Sacramento Bee.

An excerpt.

“Do you drink the water?

“If you live in the city of Sacramento, you probably should, according to a new report on municipal water quality.

“Sacramento has the best tap water among large cities west of the Rockies, according to the nonprofit Environmental Working Group. The capital city even beat San Francisco, long fabled for the purity of its source water in Yosemite National Park.

“Sacramento's drinking water also comes from the sacred snows of the Sierra Nevada, a fact that seems lost on residents who prefer bottled water, despite its higher cost and less-certain quality.

“City Councilman Kevin McCarty drinks the water. He confessed that as a child growing up in Sacramento, he drank it mostly from a garden hose.

"We have great water," said McCarty. "With this news, I would think even more people would say it certainly is a smart choice as far as your health and your pocketbook."

“The report is based on a review of five years of water-quality tests by municipal water utilities serving at least 250,000 people. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires the data, but doesn't report them.

“Environmental Working Group ranked cities according to the results. Sacramento ranked No. 1 in California, 18th nationally.”