"Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immune-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infection. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers."
I'd say that we have a problem. We start out with water that "immune-compromised" persons and babies should not drink and the water becomes acidic as it flows through the city's pipes. Acidic water flowing through pipes picks up lead and other contaminants directly from the pipes it runs through. So the water that we started with might have been adequately safe for the general public, but now what about the water that actually comes out of the faucet?
The following cheap, home treatment that improves the taste. I cannot prove that it does anything else. I think it may be healthier based on the following:
"Dr. Earp-Thomas added a handful of wheatgrass to fluoridated water for several minutes. When the grass was removed and the water tested, no fluorine was traceable. Later, an official of the Water Department of New York City tested fluoridated water in which a small sprig of wheatgrass had been swished. He could find no trace of fluorine. Evidently, the presence of wheat grass in fluoridated water renders the inorganic chemicals harmless. Dr. Earp-Thomas found that an ounce of grass in a gallon of fluoridated water would turn the fluorine into harmless calcium-phosphate-fluoride compounds. Alfalfa seeds will not grow in treated water [means city-treated water not wheatgrass-treated water- bfg] but will merely rot in treated tap water. One-half ounce of wheatgrass, added each morning to ordinary tap water, softens it and makes it positive....
"Dr. Earp-Thomas further discovered that fruits and vegetables contaminated by sprays were thoroughly cleansed and the negative food transformed by wash water with a wisp of wheatgrass placed in the water. In pasteurized milk, baby foods, pet foods, etc. wheatgrass changes the toxic orbit of electrons to positive. Wheatgrass placed in the drinking water of pets and cut up over their food helps prevent ailments in your pets."
From pages 43-45 Be Your Own Doctor by Ann Wigmore, D.D., N.D.
Keep a quart jar of sprouts on your kitchen sink. Either alfalfa sprouts or wheat sprouts. Whenever you need water, take the quart jar with sprouts, fill it with water, swish it around slightly and pour the water into a glass or other container. The water tastes much better! In order to always have sprouts, keep two jars going. Also add baking soda to make the water more alkaline and use a "stirwand" to break up the water molecules.