NYC’s Department of Environmental Protection: Drink the (Yellow) Water
New York City’s department of environmental protection tells residents of New York not to worry when their water is yellow or brown. According to the agency, this is merely an “aesthetic problem.” The city assures that “discolored water is safe to drink, but residents who are experiencing discolored water coming from the faucet should let the sediment settle before drinking.”
Welcome to Banana Republic United States. The reason why academia is moving away from Third World-First World distinctions is because the Third World and the First World are becoming One World. In the United States now, not having a clean water is no cause for alarm. It is just the way things are.