What to expect at the water tap in the new Los Angeles Times
“There’s a feeling of urgency,” Mr. Brown said.
“You’re trying to keep the water from being too cold, too hot.
You’re trying not to overfill the system.
You need to keep it clean.”
The water supply is part of a larger effort to improve public health in Los Angeles.
A pilot program that provides bottled water and a free hot water line in public parks is being rolled out in the city, and Mr. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti is pushing to have the city’s new airport open in September.
Los Angeles has also been a leader in expanding water-saving measures, including the installation of the first water-powered shower in the world.
But the city is now also making changes to address a growing threat: the rise in lead-tainted water in some parts of the city.
Mr. Garcetti and other officials have pushed to address the problem by implementing water-quality regulations.
But it’s not clear how many of the roughly 500 public water systems in Los Angelas already have the necessary controls in place.
In a recent briefing, a spokeswoman for the city of Los Angeles said the city was only adding a “single source” to the existing list of sources of water for the public.
She said the department had been working on “an extensive water-saver plan” since 2015, but added that the plan was “not yet final.”
“It’s not an exact science, and we’re not sure we have all the information to make an informed recommendation on that,” the spokeswoman said.
She also noted that the city had been “looking at the impact of lead on children, the impacts of lead, the impact on people with mental health issues and a range of other issues.”
The spokeswoman also said the plan would include measures to increase the supply of bottled water to households in need and would provide funding to “provide more safe drinking water for people who live in poverty.”
The city’s water department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
But some residents are not pleased about the new list.
One resident, who asked not to be named, told The Times that the water supply had long been a source of worry.
“The water is dirty,” he said.
But he said the problems with the water system were compounded when he noticed that the taps in some parks were leaking.
He also said he was concerned about the potential for lead in the water.
“I know that I don’t want to see my kids drinking from this,” he added.
“So what do I do?”