more on Atlanta from an outside perspective

There is, apparently, an Organic Style magazine. You can find it at your local Publix, or at least the Ansley Mall Publix. And this month they have a Special Report: “How safe is your drinking water?”

My drinking water is courtesy of the City of Atlanta, so I wasn’t feeling too optimistic, but I went ahead and opened the magazine. (You can just go and look at the article online, and see the city rankings via Acrobat Reader.)

Anyway — Atlanta’s water ranks ninth-cleanest. That’s better than Philadelphia, Boston, Raleigh (barely), New York, Las Vegas, DC, and, to my surprise, San Francisco, which ranks 15th.

Apparently the city known for smog, dumb growth, beating the Chattahoochee into submission, and a general make-money-first, worry-about-the-environment-later attitude has cleaner water than the city known for its modicum of social consicence. While there is probably a smart scientific (or, more likely, economic) explanation for this, I suggest we go over to the SF Metroblog and commence taunting.

2 Comments so far

  1. The Mad Dater (unregistered) on August 17th, 2004 @ 11:11 am

    I guess you didn’t go to the Water Tasting event at Market One on Sunday?? What next Air Tastings??

  2. Daniel (unregistered) on August 17th, 2004 @ 10:27 pm

    I’m all for the taunting, I’m just afraid that something else will go wrong with the sewage and we’ve lost all semblance of respectability in a clean water debate.

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