100 Years On, Why Don't Angelenos Drink LA's Water?
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In Los Angeles, drinking fountains are almost things of the past. They're either removed from city parks or they're hardly maintained. They've been replaced in public schools by sodas in vending machines. And, like more and more Americans, LA residents buy drinking water in plastic bottles. But why, when the Department of Water and Power provides it for free? There's now a movement to restore the drinking fountain, which claims DWP water is actually better, even if it does sometimes taste like chlorine. And, of course, plastic bottles are the scourge of the environment. Will restoring the drinking fountain help boost confidence in the municipal water supply?
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Yesterday's special edition of Which Way, LA? celebrated the centennial of the LA Aqueduct. Now it’s time to ask why more people don’t drink the tap water that comes from the DWP. A nonprofit called We Tap has caught the attention of City Councilman Tom LaBonge, who wants to raise the credibility of the municipal water supply — starting by restoring the public drinking fountain.
- Tom LaBonge: Los Angeles City Council, @TomLaBonge
- Evelyn Wendel: We Tap, @evelynwendel
- Gustavo Arellano: OC Weekly, @GustavoArellano
- Jonathan Parfrey: Climate Resolve, @ClimateResolve
- Chris Hogan: International Bottled Water Association, @BottledWaterOrg
Which Way L.A.? is made possible in part by the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation.
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