Letters to editor

Fairfield’s drinking water costs

By From page A8 | February 17, 2013

Fairfield differs from other places where the drinking water may taste horrible because of dissolved solids such as salts and iron.

Our local water from the Vista Grande plant, which is filtered rain runoff, is used at the Budweiser plant. The Budweiser beer plant claims an extremely high quality of both the taste and the healthfulness of the beer products (as the consumers attest to the taste also). One difference between faucet water and bottled water is the sterilization process. Fairfield’s faucet water is not sterilized but rather is disinfected to kill pathogens. The remaining parts are considered harmless if the microorganisms are not too high and the homeowners’ plumbing is in good condition.

Most public water is fine. However, some people may need bottled water because of a special dietary need. Other people may drink bottled water as a luxury or as a convenience. A number of years ago, New York City’s faucet water scored first place against a dozen bottled waters in a taste-off contest as stated in Consumer Report. Mill Valley stopped most deliveries of bottled water within the city because of the high quality of their source of water and the “carbon footprint,” environmental impact of the packaging and transportation needed for bottled water.

Yet our Fairfield city budget allows $625 per month to be spent on bottled drinking water for all city departments. This convenience or luxury practice has continued for many years, maybe since the middle 1980s. It is hard to break an old habit. The total cost of the drinking bottled water for 2012 was $7,500. The cost of the water has increased every year.

Let’s just say for the past 10 years instead of the past 30 years, the cost of the water each year was $7,500. That amount times 10 years equals $75,000 for the luxury or convenience of drinking bottled water. Ouch! This narrative may change if the employees accept the responsibility of their own bottled water drinking expenses.

Alvina Sheeley


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  • A Concerned CitizenFebruary 17, 2013 - 11:50 pm

    What a banal commentary. I used to work at the City of Fairfield. Only one floor in the four-story building had a break room. The only nearby source of water was bathroom taps. How many germ-conscious people want to drink water from the same source used by the general PUBLIC to wash their hands after defecating? You REALLY begrudge people water? And bottled water dispensers dispense instant hot water. People use it for tea or making other hot instant beverages. This is like saying if you work for a non-profit or government you don't deserve the same MINOR benefits as those who work for private companies. You begrudge people water. It's not like they are driving cadillacs on the public dime. Or get free lunch. It's WATER. Sheesh.

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