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Monday, March 26, 2007

I’ll Have the Hetch Hetchy, Please

posted by on March 26 at 15:20 PM

As noted on Slog last week in the Morning News, some Bay Area restaurants are now serving carbonated local tap water rather than imported bottled water as part of the New Sustainability. (I trust everybody’s riding the BART or their bikes to these restaurants to bubbleate/serve/drink this water.) A few years back at a schmancy Frisco restaurant (it makes them crazy down there when you say “Frisco”), the schmancy waiter offered me whatever-schmancy-brand bubbly water, whatever-schmancy-brand still water, or (gravely, seriously) Hetch Hetchy. The Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, in Yosemite National Park, is the source of San Francisco’s tap water, said to be among the highest quality in the nation. I went (gravely, seriously) with the Hetch Hetchy.

The name means “grass-seed valley” or “acorn valley” in the Miwok language—the grass-seed or acorn valley long since flooded by the white man’s dam.



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The best account of story behind the flooding of Hecht Hetchy is in Gray Brechin's "Imperial San Franciso." Why doesn't someone write a book like this about Seattle?

Posted by Jim Demetre | March 26, 2007 3:27 PM

Isn't Seattle's water from the Cedar River Watershed? Couldn't we be given even cooler sounding "Cedar River" aqua

Posted by vooodooo84 | March 26, 2007 3:28 PM

I have a relative who lives in SF and I have to say, their tap water is unfuckingbelievably good. I've never tasted better water. In addition, it kinda makes sense to kill the bottled water craze in this country in particular - we have clean water sources and tap water is often far cleaner and better-regulated than a number of bottled waters (many brands often use tap water, anyways). We don't exactly have cholera epidemics here and frankly, the environment doesn't need more plastic bottles being produced anyways.

Posted by Ann | March 26, 2007 3:47 PM

Well, given what happened in Vancouver this past winter, not so sure people are going to be gung-ho about dropping bottled water..

Posted by matthew fisher wilder | March 26, 2007 3:51 PM

Yeah SF's water is great till the next earthquake. The reason the Crystal Springs resevoir looks like a long finger is because it basically runs along the fault line.

Posted by Dave Coffman | March 26, 2007 4:10 PM

Trying to prevent the Hetch Hetchy dam was one of the Sierra Clubs first failures.

I say blow the mother with tnt, let them drink the water when it is in the delta at Stockton.

Posted by RainMonkey | March 26, 2007 10:10 PM


Posted by Bacchus | March 27, 2007 7:35 AM

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