Wednesday, September 07, 2005

New Orleans agua dulce

Large parts of flooded New Orleans have become a dark cesspool of decomposing bodies, chemicals, fecal matter, and who knows what other types of toxic detritus.

Historically, notwithstanding the brew of runoff and sewage that drains off the land from all across the Midwest, the New Orleans Sewage and Water Board as well as independent examiners have praised New Orleans tap water as being among the cleanest in the country.

Amid the heat of Pensacola today, I observed that I still had a bottle of New Orleans tap water in my pickup - one of the few items I grabbed for the evacuation. This may be the last sample of good water from New Orleans - the last known prototype from before Hurricane Katrina.


At 9/08/2005 12:09:00 AM, Blogger oyster said...

Save it for posterity!

At 9/08/2005 06:41:00 AM, Blogger Mixter said...

I was going to say the same thing. Hang onto it!


At 9/08/2005 07:39:00 AM, Blogger Michael said...

I had no idea that NOLA water was considered clean...thought that no amount of treatment could decontaminate water drawn from the Mississippi. I stand corrected.

Re: saving your bottle--store in a cool, dry place...

At 9/08/2005 02:56:00 PM, Blogger velvet_rut said...

hey, brian... i too have a big bottle of nola tap water that i'm saving for posteity.

well, actually, i've already put it up for sale per vial over on the velvet rut.


At 9/08/2005 07:13:00 PM, Blogger Schroeder said...

I don't know if the water is exactly clean, but what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Or a Cuban dicho, que no mata engorda (what doesn't kill you, makes you fat).

At 9/09/2005 05:36:00 AM, Blogger Mixter said...

They say Milwaukee tap water is the cleanest you can get. This is after that whole cryptosporidium outbreak, of course. (I was sick for 2 weeks!)



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