The New York Times released an excerpt of this documentary, which raises alarming concerns about New York City's drinking water.
Clean water is one of the basic promises of the developed world. Keeping that promise, however, is complicated business, and cities, states and countries have to carefully monitor where their water comes from and how it gets from a reservoir to the tap in your kitchen sink.
In New York City, which is thought of as having excellent tap water, the New York Times found that there is a major public health issue with tap water, but it’s not coming from the pipes or the reservoirs.
The issue is the rooftop water tanks which loom over hundreds of New York homes. These water tanks can become the breeding ground for dangerous bacteria, including E Coli.
New York’s new mayor Bill de Blasio has a lot on his plate already, but this is one issue he can’t ignore. New York City is one of the greatest cities in the world, but it can’t keep that title if it can’t supply clean drinking water to its citizens.