While cruising the New York City 2006 Drinking Water Supply and Quality Report our eyes lit up on the following item from the FAQ:
Should I buy bottled water?
You do not need to buy bottled water for health reasons in New York City since our water meets all federal and State health-based drinking water standards. Also, bottled water costs up to 1,000 times more than the City’s drinking water.
We don’t know exactly what they’re basing their numbers on, but we do know tap water is just as good as bottled. Put it in the Brita, put the Brita in the refrigerator, boom, lovely water. Just make sure to clean your Brita often enough.
Now, if we’re talking about sparkling or seltzer water, that’s a different story. We would pay good money to put a second faucet in our sink that dispenses carbonated water. — BEN POPKEN