"Expanded water access in S.F. schools," Opinion, Sunday
Tainted drinking water
San Francisco officials reported the expansion of The City's Drink Tap project in the schools. As previously announced, the Drink Tap program encourages not just students, but all city residents to drink tap water instead of bottled water.
In selling this program, the PR effort touts The City's high-quality drinking water, which, according to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission website, "comes from pristine snowmelt in the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir."
"Pristine," drinking water, however, is not what San Francisco will be getting effective spring 2016, because that is when the SFPUC plans to mix up to 15 percent groundwater into City drinking water. Due to contaminants, the SFPUC admits that local groundwater does not meet environmental standards unless mixed with Hetch Hetchy water.
When will The City adequately inform residents about its problematic groundwater decision?
John M. Kelly