Reported in today's Times, There's Something in the Water, and It May Not Be Strictly Kosher, it seems that our drinking water is getting a bashing from an unlikely source:
Alei Katif, a company based in Rehovot, Israel, that sells vegetables rabbinically certified as bug-free to those who believe that ingesting insects is counter to Talmudic law, was accused by some Jews in New York of selling contaminated vegetables. Alei Katif officials suggested instead that the vegetables became infested upon being rinsed in New York water.
So a group of orthodox Jews took a look at their water under a microscope and what they saw was "ugly" (see pic of actual copepod). This little guy is a crustacean and therefore not kosher. For the time being the vegetables are safe, but water filters are flying off of the shelves in Brooklyn.
But what about water quality and water filters? A little research suggests that New York Drinking water is good, but not great (though potentially amazing given where it comes from and how many people are served) and filtering has been recommended to me by many people. For the facts, you can read the 2003 Water Quality Report at the DEP, which says our water didn't meet some marks last year, but is still okay, and you can read this handy article, Water Wise: A Guide to Water Filters & Purifiers
by Geoff Davis, to get the concerned perspective.
If you want to take matters into your own hands, getting your water tested is the best place to start: "Professional lab tests offer a more reliable and comprehensive check. If you can't find a local lab, try a national company like Suburban Water Testing Laboratories (800-433-6595) or National Testing Laboratories (800-426-8378)." MGR
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