Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Angelenos, Here's What You Need For Christmas: A Water Filter

(Flickr pic by WHUhnnnnnnnn.)

Yuck -- according to a new enviromental report, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power tap water ranked 83rd out of 100 cities "because of its cocktail of 30 chemical contaminants."

Reports the L.A. Daily News:

One cancer-causing chemical exceeded federal legal standards while 14 other chemicals surpassed recommended health guidelines, according to the report.

In comparison, the agency that supplies potable water to 19 million residents around the city of Los Angeles ranked 58th. Metropolitan Water District of Southern California tap water contained 27 chemicals, most of them unregulated and legal, but potentially unsafe.

"Looking at the data, we're definitely concerned about water quality in Southern California. We recommend utilities really look at their processing. There's much room for improvement," said Olga Naidenko, a senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit environmental watchdog based in Washington, D.C., and a co-author of the report.

"We recommend residents get water filters."

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