We’ve always drunk the tap water here in New Orleans, much to the dismay of some of our friends. Our water supply comes from the Mississippi, which is kind of like the nation’s toilet, they’re fond of pointing out. The implication is that we are drinking from the toilet.
The Sewerage & Water Board regularly issues glowing “reports” on the pristine safety of our drinking water, but who can trust an organization reporting on itself? Even if those reports are reliable, they’re not testing the water that comes out of our tap, and there’s many a slip twixt the cup and the lip, or something like that.
Furthermore, I’ve got a friend who works for S&WB. I recently learned he doesn’t drink the tap water.
So I got a WaterSafe All-in-One Home Drinking Water Test Kit and used it to test the tap water in our kitchen.
According to the kit, our water is safe with regard to lead, chlorine, nitrates and nitrites, E. coli bacteria, and pesticides. The kit did report a high level of hardness in the water and a relatively high pH value. I’d give numbers, but I seem to have misplaced the paper where I wrote them down.
I feel somewhat reassured, but I’m sure someone will point out why I shouldn’t be. In the meanwhile I think I’ll have another glass of that goood New Orleans tap water — chilled and carbonated with our Soda Club seltzer maker.
PS: We do maintain a subscription to Kentwood Springs bottled water delivery service, but that’s mainly because we like the idea of having a stock of clean water on hand in case disaster strikes. We go through it very slowly.