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York City Department Of Environmental Protection Commissioner Christopher
O. Ward’s Comments On The New Zagat’s Restaurant Survey
Commissioner Christopher O. Ward of the New York City Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) commented today on the 2004 Zagat New York City Restaurant
Survey, which found that 71% of customers at the City’s “fine
dining restaurants” prefer tap water to bottled water.
“Zagat’s has confirmed what most of us have known for years;
that savvy New Yorkers don’t waste their money on bottled water,”
said Commissioner Ward. “Even the finest restaurants can’t
improve on the great tasting water the City has been providing for over
150 years. And City tap water is free in restaurants and just about $1.50
for 750 gallons at home.
“So the next time a waiter asks if you want bottled water, don’t
be intimidated and don’t be embarrassed – tell him that you’ll
have the best water in the house, New York City tap water.
“That’s what the makers of the best food in the City are
saying. Ever wonder why you can’t get a decent bagel or slice of
pizza outside of the City? Ask someone who makes bagels and he’ll
tell you it’s because of the water. That same water is prized by
the City’s world-class chefs. They don’t use bottled water
when City tap water is available, so why should you?” continued