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Water Coming Out of Taps is Safe to Drink, Bloomberg Says

By Jill Colvin | October 30, 2012 2:44pm

OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT — Tap water across the city is safe to drink, despite the historic flooding caused by Monday night's storm, city officials said Tuesday.

The city has been testing water coming in from upstate New York and does not believe that it has been compromised, Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters during a briefing at the city's Office of Emergency Management Tuesday.

"The water supply is safe," even if it tastes a little funny, Bloomberg said.

"If tastes like it has a little more chlorine in it, it's because we want to take extra precautions," he said.

The mayor was less optimistic about the water still on the ground, most of which is expected to dissipate soon.

"Don't drink it," he deadpanned.