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San Diego city officials are spending $11.8 million to study whether sewage can be converted into drinking water, but their personal water supply is entirely another matter. According to a recent request for proposal, the City is shopping around for a contractor to supply its offices with paper cups and “Five Gallon bottle dispensers,” to be filled with delivered “Natural Spring Water,” or facsimile thereof. “Bottled water shall be free of bacteria and all other contaminants which would be detrimental to the health of the consumer or affect the taste of the water,” the request demands. “Contractor shall submit proof of certification by the International Bottled Water Association, the National Sanitation Federation Including Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point Plan, and the State of California Department of Health Services — Food and Drug Branch, at the time of bid submittal.”

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San Diego city officials are spending $11.8 million to study whether sewage can be converted into drinking water, but their personal water supply is entirely another matter. According to a recent request for proposal, the City is shopping around for a contractor to supply its offices with paper cups and “Five Gallon bottle dispensers,” to be filled with delivered “Natural Spring Water,” or facsimile thereof. “Bottled water shall be free of bacteria and all other contaminants which would be detrimental to the health of the consumer or affect the taste of the water,” the request demands. “Contractor shall submit proof of certification by the International Bottled Water Association, the National Sanitation Federation Including Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point Plan, and the State of California Department of Health Services — Food and Drug Branch, at the time of bid submittal.”

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If I understand correctly it appears to be another example of bureaucratic hypocracy!...or at least "do what I say & NOT as...", ye ole double standard...yes???

July 1, 2010

Nice illustration, but will our solons' water bottles be marked with the deadly Number 7 on the bottom? (Sevens are recyclable, but are also alleged to be carcinogenic.) And isn't the "International Bottled Water Association" really just Coca-Cola and Perrier scarfing up the world market for water?

July 1, 2010

Personally, I think this is just another waste of tax money. If I have to suffer the relative indignity of drinking tap water, then so can city employees. If they want that not-so-fresh bottled water flavor, they can just run it through a Brita filter... on their own dime.

On the other hand, if they do go through with this with its multi-layered certifications, then I say they must grant free access to all the homeless downtown. It's the least we can do, since all of us are apparently paying for it.

July 5, 2010

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