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How Clean Is Your Tap Water?

Click here for bigger. [Image: GOOD Magazine] GOOD Magazine reminds us that tap water may look clear and safe, but there could be a lot of nasty gunk hiding in there—and oftentimes it's legal. They've listed the top five cleanest and dirtiest U.S. water utilities. Among the cleanest: Arlington Water (Fort Worth, Texas) and Providence Water (Providence, Rhode Island) and, drum roll, the dirtiest: Emerald Coast Water Utility (Pensacola, Florida), City of Riverside Public Utilities (Riverside, California), and Las Vegas Valley Water District (Las Vegas). To check the safety of your faucet water, go here. Related Video: 'Look Around You - Water' Snapshots from Paris: Perrier with Smaller Bubbles Should Restaurants Charge for Filtered Water?... More

Video: 'Look Around You - Water'

What is water? According to Look Around You, it's impossible to describe, but they carry out a few highly controlled experiments to unlock the mysteries behind this element, H-twenty. Watch this video after the jump.... More

Snapshots from Paris: Perrier with Smaller Bubbles

"It was more sparkly than Badoit, less sparkly than the green Perrier in a can." [Photographs: Kerry Saretsky] I was baking like a clam in the Luxembourg gardens one boiling hot day recently. It was time for a can of Perrier. Yes, a can. I love how its looks like soda. An older American ex-pat with a round belly looked up at me and scolded, “The French never drink Perrier.” “Well, my parents are French and they drink Perrier!” They buy cases of it at Costco every two weeks. “The bubbles are too big.” He closed his eyes and sunk back into the heat. Hmph. I marched off to the little pagoda and demanded my cold can of Perrier. And... More

Fiji Water Responds to 'Mother Jones' Story

A post on the Fiji Water Blog attempts to answer the issues brought up in a recent Mother Jone article: "The real irony here is that the reporter suggests that buying FIJI Water somehow legitimizes a military dictatorship, when in fact the jobs, revenues, and community projects supported by FIJI Water are strong contributors to growth in the well-being of the Fijian people." Oh, and there's a Mother Jones response to the response in the comments of the Fiji Water Blog post. [via attgig]... More

Fiji Water Exposé

From an interesting article on Mother Jones by journalist Anna Lenzer, who visited Fiji in an attempt to get the lowdown on Fiji Water outside of the typical press junkets the company normally brings reporters in on: "Shut up!" he snapped. He rifled through my bags, read my notebooks and emails. "I'd hate to see a young lady like you go into a jail full of men," he averred, smiling grimly. "You know what happened to women during the 2000 coup, don't you?"Eventually, it dawned on me that his concern wasn't just with my potentially seditious emails; he was worried that my reporting would taint the Fiji Water brand. [via The Awl]... More

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 75: Can (and Should) I Give Up the Flavored Liquid Habit?

I've read all the literature on how important drinking plain water is to any meaningful weight loss effort, but I must admit I am having trouble giving up flavored liquids cold turkey. I have managed to kick the Diet Coke habit. But I certainly haven't given up on diet sodas or soft drinks as a whole. Last night I posted about the joys of Fresca. I drink Snapple Diet Cranberry Raspberry Drink because it doesn't have any caffeine. When I'm up on Cape Cod, I drink Cape Cod Cranberry Dry. It's a local soda made with 5% cranberry juice concentrate. I know I shouldn't, but I drink a bottle a day of the stuff. At least I did last week.... More

Tap Water Now Available at Millennium in San Francisco

Last week we told you about Millennium restaurant in San Francisco charging customers $1 for filtered water (with no free tap water option). After reading reactions from San Francisco Chronicle readers, they've rethought the approach. "It's clear from your recent blog and the responses to it that it makes sense to offer our guests a choice if they want just good old Hetch Hetchy tap water for no cost," said general manager Erica Culp.... More

In Videos: Butter Water

Introducing butter water, with 90 percent more butter than regular water. Finally, something to wash down all those butter stick snacks with. The video, after the jump.... More

Should Restaurants Charge for Filtered Water?

Almost a year ago, we told you about Millennium in San Francisco charging a buck per glass of water that's passed through a Natura filtration system. Well, they're still doing it, and as San Francisco Chronicle food critic Michael Bauer points out on his blog Between Meals, there's something psychologically disturbing about knowing that buck went to self-righteous water. Plus, there are plenty of other restaurants that seem to be pouring it for free. What's next, a rental fee for straws? It'd be nice if free tap was an option in addition to the filtered stuff. Or even if that dollar was stretched out across the bill so you didn't fixate on the "water" surcharge. But at the same time,... More

How to Reduce Your Water Consumption

Good magazine has a water-use "Transparency," a chart that graphically illustrates how much average water is used for various activities and how to reduce it. As we become more and more aware that we may be using water at an unsustainable pace, the idea of water footprints—the amount of water an individual uses—is becoming more common. Water footprints can be hard to calculate, depending on how far up the chain of production you go, since everything you eat and buy used some water to produce. According to the chart, beef represents one of the most intensive uses of water. [via Doobybrain.com]... More

Boxed Water, Like Bottled Water But With Trees

Boxed Water is Better is a boxed water company/art project/philanthropic project that developed from the idea of "creating a new bottled water brand that is kinder to the environment and gives back a bit." The containers are composed 90 percent of trees, and 20 percent of profits are donated to water and forestation organizations. Boxed Water is available in select stores in Michigan. [via BuzzFeed]... More

John Updike's Short Story on Drinking Water

Creative Commons In memory of the amazingly prolific writer and critic John Updike, here are some favorite lines from a piece he wrote for the New Yorker last year on one man's satisfaction glugging down a glass of water each night: The bliss goes back, I suppose, to moments of thirst satisfied in my childhood, five states to the south of this one, where there were public drinking fountains in all the municipal buildings and department stores, and luncheonettes would put glasses of ice water on the table without your having to ask, and drugstores served Alka-Seltzer up at the soda fountain to cure whatever ailed you, from hangover to hives.... More

Salted Water for Boiling Is Most Commented-on Recipe on Epicurious

Photograph from notinponce on Flickr Salted Water for Boiling is easily Epicurious' most commented-on recipe, with 801 responses at last count. The thread has become a treasure trove of sarcastic comments: I am frustrated with these "advanced" recipes. Does everyone think we're ALL professional chefs?? I can't tell at what point to add the salt, and what kind of salt? Kosher? Fleur de Sal? Iodized? And then what kind of water? Tap? Distilled? Artesian? How long do I boil it? I am so confused. Please, Epicurious, screen your recipes better. Don't waste your time on this one. I substituted leftover hot dogs for the salt, and used a combination of maple syrup and salsa instead of water, and it didn't... More

Top 11 Compounds in U.S. Drinking Water

A comprehensive study done by the Southern Nevada Water Authority in Las Vegas has detected the top 11 compounds found in U.S. drinking water, including atenolol, a beta-blocker used to treat cardiovascular disease; carbamazepine, a mood-stabilizing drug used to treat bipolar disorder; and meprobamate, a tranquilizer widely used in psychiatric treatment. These compounds were found at extremely low concentrations that the study says post no public health threat. [via Boing Boing]... More

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