Invisible Crustaceans in Every Refreshing Glass of NYC Tap Water

September 1, 2010

So the next time you’re in the Big Apple on a muggy summer day and you head out to eat or over to your friend’s place, and you just happen to down that nice refreshing glass of ice water to quench your thirst, you know what else you’ll be drinking? Shrimp. Seriously, I wish it was a joke. Am I the only one who thinks this is utterly disgusting? I really hope not. Sometimes when I am visiting friends, eating at a restaurant, or on-the-go away from home I get that look of derision when I turn down tap water. It’s that knowing—- “Oh your one of those whose too good for tap water,” look.  Sometimes they actually just come out and say just that, (especially in New York). I just shrug, and smile, thinking about all the little critters that I am avoiding. 

I know that I am a bit of a clean water Nazi, and I really am okay with that. Why? Because I love to avoid at all costs parasitic infections, trace pharmaceuticals, and now apparently in NYC, tiny shrimp in my glass of H2O. A friend sent me a link and I almost gagged on my glass of reverse osmosis water.  Prior to this heads up, you wouldn’t catch me drinking water that was anything but alkaline or distilled  in New York anyway, but this just makes my case all the more firm. I hope that all you lovely raw foodies and vegans (really anyone nowadays), but you especially, will get on the clean (truly clean, not just clean in the commercial) water bandwagon very soon.

Too many diseases nowadays are born just from lack of clean water alone. I definitely feel blessed to have such a wide range of choices between tap, glorified tap, bottled water, distilled, alkaline water etc. but I am not ignorant enough to forget the fact that for many people in our world it isn’t even an option. -XoXo Raw Girl

Check out the picture of the Shrimp in your NYC Tap Water:


For previous musings on water options, check out this past article:




  1. Actually, bottled water is no safer or cleaner than tap, and may be less safe. It’s really just a marketing ploy: http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/news/20081107/bottled-water-faq-on-safety-and-purity

    • Thanks for the comment…this is very true, but you can go for bottled water that is safer if it is alkaline or distilled…I talk more about water in other discussions/articles featured on the blog. But NYC tap water is definitely a special kind of dangerous, so beware 😉 -XoXo Raw Girl

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