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San Diego's drinking water is 9th worst among the 100 largest cities, according to the Environmental Working Group. In compiling the list, the group used water quality testing data from state health and environmental departments that compute records for water utilities and laboratories. Pensacola, Florida, has the worst water of the major cities. Arlington, Texas has the best. San Diego activist Mel Shapiro notes that this information has been around since last month, but mainstream media have not done their job giving it the coverage it deserves.

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Don Bauder Jan. 8, 2010 @ 11:34 a.m.

NOTE: Let me clarify. San Diego came in 92nd out of the 100 large cities in water quality, and 9th among the 10 worst cities in water quality.Best, Don Bauder

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JustWondering Jan. 9, 2010 @ 9:10 a.m.

Care to give us more details or a link where we might read for ourselves? Ninth worse in what respect? Contaminants? Taste or purity? While it's alarming to read headlines like this it's really hard to judge the severity of the problem. Heck for all we know reading this, it could have been ninth worse or 92nd out of a 100 in viscosity.

I really do appreciate you bringing out stories others, for whatever reasons, do not, but a little more detail goes a long way in understanding the issue/problems.

If the water quality in San Diego has gone haywire, especially if we can compare it to previous years, then the Sanders Administration may be tampering with the standards just to save a buck here or there. In doing so they may be endangering public health and that's a news story certainly worthy of investigating.

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Anon92107 Jan. 9, 2010 @ 12:16 p.m.

Shouldn't Bonnie Dumanis be arrested by the FBI and charged with enabling political corruption that causes unsafe water to be supplied to San Diego children and families?

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johnsd Jan. 9, 2010 @ 3:41 p.m.

Not to disagree with the study methodology or its validity, but based on personal experience with taste and odor at the tap, I respectfully disagree with the rankings.

The water in San Diego does not taste very good and is very hard. I once stayed at a co-worker's home in Arlington and the water did not taste very good. There have been times when the herbaceous odor and taste of the water in Austin (7), Dallas (12) and San Antonio (29) have made the water in San Diego appear to be like a mountain spring. The water sources for San Francisco (33) and Oakland (36) is the snowmelt from the Sierra Nevada and the water tastes similar to bottled water and is very soft. In the case of Oakland (EBMUD) the water is piped from the reservoirs in the foothills across the San Joaquin Valley to prevent contamination from the farms there. EBMUD tries to prevent erosion in its Mokelumne River watershed and in the local East Bay reservoirs.

It is good to know and things can always be improved, but is the water in any of these locations unsafe, or is it just comparing against an ideal objective?

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Don Bauder Jan. 9, 2010 @ 4:11 p.m.

Response to post #2: Maninthemirror, just below, gives you a link. You have to appreciate that these blogs are not meant to be academic discourses. I try to convey the significant information in abbreviated form. Someone who wants to do more homework can do so. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Jan. 9, 2010 @ 4:13 p.m.

Response to post #3: That should prove helpful to Just Wondering. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Jan. 9, 2010 @ 4:14 p.m.

Response to post #4: She has no opposition for re-election. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Jan. 9, 2010 @ 4:17 p.m.

Response to post #5: Taste is only one factor. I am sure that the list will generate lots of controversy. That's why such lists are concocted. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Jan. 9, 2010 @ 4:19 p.m.

Response to post #6: The report seems to strive for objectivity, but subjectivity is likely to creep in. Nothing new about that. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Jan. 9, 2010 @ 4:21 p.m.

Response to post #7: Maybe New Yorkers mean that the water so bad that the pizza tastes better after a sip. Best, Don Bauder

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MsGrant Jan. 9, 2010 @ 4:44 p.m.

Not just the pizza in New York, but the bagels as well. Our water is horrible. Get a Brita.

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Visduh Jan. 9, 2010 @ 7:52 p.m.

Response to post #10. Dumanis has done many, many things that the voters didn't vote for. Yet, she's sailing along, headed for another term. Even today the craven U-T had an editorial about her blanket challenge to Judge Einhorn. She has never explained that action, and the U-T of all things is saying that she had better do so, or knock it off. Just what she's up to is very hard to say. Some of the local civil attorneys think she's trying to intimidate the whole panel of local Superior Court judges. As in, "cross me on even a small thing, and I'll keep you on civil cases until you retire." Of course, she cannot challenge ALL the local judges because there is a limit. She's the worst DA in recent San Diego history, which is saying a lot! The only effective recourse to this sort of abuse it to vote her out of office as soon as possible.

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Don Bauder Jan. 9, 2010 @ 11:05 p.m.

Response to post #14: The water is bad, but worse, it's in short supply. And the situation is getting scarier every day. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Jan. 9, 2010 @ 11:07 p.m.

Response to post #15: Dumanis is really bad, but so was Pfingst. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 Jan. 10, 2010 @ 6:41 a.m.

Responses to posts #10, 15 & 6:

Don, your columns have now exposed Bonnie Dumanis as San Diego Public Enemy #1 for leading a rapidly escalating number of SD GOP attacks against citizens civil rights, the Rule of Law, public health and safety, etc.

o Dumanis and SD GOP attacks against the civil rights of harmless older female democratic fundraisers using 6 cruisers, a helicopter and a dog. http://www3.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/jan/04/any-way-you-look-it-case-worth-pursuing/

o Dumanis and SD GOP attacks against San Diego courts (more proof of why former Justice O’Connor issued an extraordinary, widely disseminated opinion/grave warning about political attacks against the Rule of Law in America today) http://www.parade.com/articles/editions/2008/edition_02-24-2008/Courts_O_Connor

o Dumanis and SD GOP politicians’ attacks against the health and safety of SD children and families by enabling political corruption to make “SD's Drinking Water 9th Worst of Major Cities” exceeding federal health guidelines and health standards for 10 chemicals, plus 20 pollutants and a specific violation for Coliform bacteria.

Your columns are proving that Dumanis and the SD GOP are out of control, and the second greatest threat to San Diego families behind bin Laden and the al-Qaeda.

Dumanis must be recalled ASAP.

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Don Bauder Jan. 10, 2010 @ 7:52 a.m.

Response to post #18: She is doing exactly what the establishment wants her to do. She won't be recalled. She will be given some kind of medal and returned to office, possibly without any opposition. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 Jan. 11, 2010 @ 1:05 p.m.

Response to post #19:

In that case Don you're right again about the zombie mentality of San Diegans.

We are brain-dead stupid because of the sewer grade water our corrupt republican political establishment is fleecing us into paying for.

May God save our children from puppeticians like Dumanis and Sanders because their legacy to our children is one of betrayal.

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Don Bauder Jan. 11, 2010 @ 9:39 p.m.

Response to post #20: You mean there is something in the water that makes San Diegans cave in to the establishment and its puppet mayor? Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Jan. 11, 2010 @ 9:40 p.m.

Response to post #21: Sounds like you think Anon's remark is a harsh indictment. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 Jan. 12, 2010 @ 12:26 p.m.

Response to post #22

As the newest republican role model says, Ya Bethcha. You can see her on Fox tonight if you want to keep up with her deranged rants.

As for the sewage in the water "exceeding federal health guidelines and health standards for 10 chemicals, plus 20 pollutants and a specific violation for Coliform bacteria" it is now most obvious after electing 3 republican mayors in a row and Dumanis et al. that the sewage has been frying a lot of San Diego republican voter brains for a long time.

Or as Donna Frye stated it so well in July 2006 National Geographic: ""Let me tell you, dirty water, dirty politics, it all comes from the same source."

And now we have to drink sewage thanks to Sanders, Dumanis, Murphy and the San Diego republican party. I don't think I'll drink to that.

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PistolPete Jan. 12, 2010 @ 12:39 p.m.

Funny. I get my water in 5 gallon jugs from the Sandy Eggo Spring Water company and it tastes pretty f*in' clean to me...hint hint

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Don Bauder Jan. 12, 2010 @ 2:02 p.m.

Response to post #24: Donna Frye has a priceless way of putting things. That's why she is such an effective councilmember. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Jan. 12, 2010 @ 2:04 p.m.

Response to post #25: That reminds me of the remark of W.C. Fields, who had a fondness for distilled spirits. He said he would never drink water. "Fish f**k in it!" he observed. Best, Don Bauder

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PistolPete Jan. 12, 2010 @ 5:21 p.m.

LOL! I remember him saying that. My favorite Field's quote was:

"Harold? Are you drinking?"

"No, dear..."

Cut to his silhouette taking a bottle up to his lips and drinking

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Don Bauder Jan. 12, 2010 @ 8:02 p.m.

Response to post #28: Google "Charlie McCarthy" and "W.C. Fields" and you will find hilarious dialog between the dummy McCarthy and W.C. Fields on the Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy show in the late 1930s. The two would spew invective at one another. Our family used to listen every Sunday. Great stuff. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 Jan. 13, 2010 @ 12:10 p.m.

Don’t miss Mayor “SewerWater” Sanders 5th Annual Litany of Lies and Betrayals today proving Donna is still right about "Let me tell you, dirty water, dirty politics, it all comes from the same source" and the fact that Mayor SewerWater is the “source.”

Mayor SewerWater should have banners featuring the most appropriate City slogan for Enron by the Sea that he has perpetuated:

“Never Drink or Wash Hands in San Diego Water” and boil all the rest before using on anything else.

Obviously, he has been most successful at what was preached by his and the SDGOP's role models:

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”

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Don Bauder Jan. 13, 2010 @ 4:58 p.m.

Response to post #30: Would Sanders be in politics if he weren't a liar? Very few aren't pathological liars. One who isn't a liar is Donna Frye. That's one of the reasons the U-T editorial page tried to run her out of office. It's also one of the reasons the establishment stole the mayoralty from her. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 Jan. 14, 2010 @ 12:26 p.m.

Response to post #30:

"SewerWater" Sanders certainly didn't disappoint those of us who expected more of the same Annual Litany of Lies and Betrayals in his speech yesterday.

Corrupt and incompetent republicans like Sanders, Dumanis, Schwarzenegger and Bush have most certainly led San Diego, California and America onto the road to hell already in the 21st century, accelerating poverty, violence, disease and failed quality of life for all except the richest republicans who control their own personal puppeticians like "Kick Everyone In Wheelchairs Down The Qualcomm Stairs" Spanos owns Sanders and Dumanis.

How soon do you expect bankruptcy to be beyond Mayor Sewerwater's control? Enron by the Sea is already deeply submerged under sewerwater and sinking faster every day.

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Don Bauder Jan. 14, 2010 @ 3:49 p.m.

Response to post #32: The speech was pathetic. He began talking about the structural deficit and then touted the corporate welfare projects such as the expansion of the convention center and $500 million to $750 million of public money for the Chargers. Didn't anybody notice that? Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 Jan. 15, 2010 @ 4:20 a.m.

Response to post #33: "--- He --- touted the corporate welfare projects such as the expansion of the convention center and $500 million to $750 million of public money for the Chargers. Didn't anybody notice that?"

As the title of your column states Don: "SD's Drinking Water 9th Worst of Major Cities" which explains why San Diego republican voters have a zombie mentality.

The greatest tragedy for San Diego and future generations is that republican voters can't read and think at the same time, they vote like they are turkeys while TV and drinking Sanders' sewerwater have turned them into zombies.

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Don Bauder Jan. 15, 2010 @ 12:56 p.m.

Response to post #34: But the majority of the council, supposedly Democratic and pro-labor, toadies to Sanders and his establishment string pullers. Best, Don Bauder

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