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To the editor,

Regarding Tim Bousquet's article "Message in a bottle" (October 12), it's sad that a vibrant city like Halifax has practically no outdoor/ public drinking fountains. What's worse is that even if they were all over the place I still wouldn't use them, because HRM's water tastes like bleach. It's fucking gross.

Not long ago one of the major dailies contained a piece titled "Chlorine a necessary evil in drinking water; not so in other water." If the use of the word "evil" wasn't enough of a red flag, they were downright explicit in the body of the article, admitting that " one of the most toxic substances known."

Well. Thanks, but no thanks. I'm currently saving for a distiller—not to mention a shower filter—and until I get one will be buying large bottles of spring water (and I do recycle the empty ones). Bottled water isn't the best quality either, but at least I don't have to fight the urge to vomit every time I drink it.

By Candace Fougere


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