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Old 08-27-2008, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Los Feliz
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I was doing some work just south of Eagle Rock today and stopped at the store for gas and a drink. I took my cup in, got some ice and filled it with water in the bathroom. When I paid for the gas I told the cashier it was my cup and I just got some water. I think she thought I had gotten bottled water off the shelf because she asked where I got it. Seeing her reaction after I told her you would have thought I had filled the cup with motor oil. Is the water safe in LA. She was pretty young so I thought maybe kids don't know that people once drank regular water. I have been drinking water from the tap for the seven weeks I have been here with no ill effects (that I know of). Should I get my affairs in order?
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:08 PM
 
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LOL!!! That's the best laugh I've had all day. What a funny story....
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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While I'm sure that the water in L.A. safe (I drink it every morning in my cup of coffee), it tastes terrible. Yuck. But if that doesn't bother you, that's great. You'll save money on bottled water or filters!
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:08 PM
 
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I was doing some work just south of Eagle Rock today and stopped at the store for gas and a drink. I took my cup in, got some ice and filled it with water in the bathroom. When I paid for the gas I told the cashier it was my cup and I just got some water. I think she thought I had gotten bottled water off the shelf because she asked where I got it. Seeing her reaction after I told her you would have thought I had filled the cup with motor oil. Is the water safe in LA. She was pretty young so I thought maybe kids don't know that people once drank regular water. I have been drinking water from the tap for the seven weeks I have been here with no ill effects (that I know of). Should I get my affairs in order?
No, you're fine. The cashier was just a little strange or like you say, very young.
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Burbank
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Go to Target. Pur water filter with a filter... 20 bucks
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:19 PM
 
Location: South Pasadena
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Only thing I would worry about is filling your water cup in the bathroom at a gas station. The water in LA is perfectly safe to drink although always not the best tasting (really depends on the pipes in the house). I use a water filter on our kitchen sink and drink it like that.

It's kind of funny how big of a business it is for bottled water, especially in the poorer imigrant neighborhoods. People are always lined up at those water machines you find outside of a store. Maybe if you come from a place where you would be crazy to drink the water it's hard to change that attitude.
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:54 PM
 
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Only thing I would worry about is filling your water cup in the bathroom at a gas station. The water in LA is perfectly safe to drink although always not the best tasting (really depends on the pipes in the house). I use a water filter on our kitchen sink and drink it like that.

It's kind of funny how big of a business it is for bottled water, especially in the poorer imigrant neighborhoods. People are always lined up at those water machines you find outside of a store. Maybe if you come from a place where you would be crazy to drink the water it's hard to change that attitude.
in places where one "would be crazy to drink the water," the water doesn't have any adverse affect on the locals, so i don't see how being from such a place would affect a poor immigrant's perception of the potability LA's water supply. i don't drink it because it has a horrible chemical/metallic taste, and i'm hardly an immigrant...poor or otherwise.
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Los Feliz
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It does taste different than the city water in North GA but having grown up on well water in the rural south in the 70's all city water tastes funny to me. The only reason I have ever bought bottled water was for the bottle. Also, point taken about gas station bathrooms. I feel confident having read your posts that I will not develop gigantism or grow any vestigial appendages in the near future.
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Old 08-27-2008, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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The water is safe and clean when it leaves the plant, but the plant doesn't control the local pipes the water flows through to reach your house and within your house. (This was actually explained to me in detail by a friend at the Metropolitan Water District.) Parts of my house still have really old pipes including the kitchen, so I filter all drinking water.
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Old 08-27-2008, 11:41 PM
 
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I was doing some work just south of Eagle Rock today and stopped at the store for gas and a drink. I took my cup in, got some ice and filled it with water in the bathroom. When I paid for the gas I told the cashier it was my cup and I just got some water. I think she thought I had gotten bottled water off the shelf because she asked where I got it. Seeing her reaction after I told her you would have thought I had filled the cup with motor oil. Is the water safe in LA. She was pretty young so I thought maybe kids don't know that people once drank regular water. I have been drinking water from the tap for the seven weeks I have been here with no ill effects (that I know of). Should I get my affairs in order?
I drink tap water all the time, bottled as well.

I think the reaction was based on the association of your obtaining a refreshment in a room frequently off limits and considered "Ground Zero"

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