Tuesday, March 24, 2009 | 2 a.m.
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High calcium and magnesium content gives our water that duststorm-in-a-cup flavor. The snowmelt that fills Lake Mead gathers the minerals on its journey.
The note of chlorine — the chemical used to disinfect it — also offends some palates.
A community advisory panel in the mid-1990s debated whether it would be worth the cost for additional processing to further clean and soften the water. A consensus emerged that if individuals wanted to pay for home purification systems for better-tasting water they could, but the community as a whole shouldn’t take on the expense when most of the water ends up being poured on lawns anyway.
Alas, not everyone hates the water. Sen. Bob Coffin, D-Las Vegas, said at a recent legislative hearing that he tells waiters he’ll have Lake Mead with a twist. “Lemon helps soften it — it’s good water,” he said.
When the lake gives you dusty water, make lemonade.
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