Los Angeles: Testing the Waters

Testing the Waters

Citizens of Los Angeles have long maintained that they buy and imbibe bottled water in record amounts not out of fashion but out of necessity. The city's tap water, many of them claim, is heavily dosed with chlorine and often dirty. Not so, says this month's issue of Consumer Reports magazine, which rates Los Angeles' drinking water as "excellent" and says it is for the most part "flawless or nearly flawless." In a test of 50 bottled waters as well as tap water from Chicago, Houston, New Orleans, New York and San Francisco, Los Angeles' H2O ranked with New York's as...

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