Storm Watch 2006 - Up to our Heads in Water
DWP Pays to Drink Sparkletts -- L.A.'s supplier of tap water accounts for more than a third of the city money spent on the bottled variety.
Not exactly the ringing endorsement of their product they have been pitching. The lead graphs say it all:
Despite spending $1 million in the last two years to assure Los Angeles residents that their tap water is not only safe to drink but also top quality, city officials spent $88,900 in public money during that time on bottled water from private firms.Good to see we are ringing in 2006 the same way we left 2005. As long as we are reaching back in to the way-back machine, maybe they should call in Fleishman-Hillard to help with this PR disaster.
The Department of Water and Power, which supplies the city's water and promotes it, spent the most on bottled water, paying $31,160 to Sparkletts.