Friday, November 9, 2012

Hey USA - I think you've gone mad

Okay, I know it's not the whole of the USA, but seriously this is idiotic ... even more so than Bloomberg restricting sales of the large-sized soda drinks ...

A TEXAS town has added sugar to the water supply to encourage residents to drink more H2O.

Water consumption in Talon, a small town in Pecos County, is well below the United States average.

So the town's top utility officials decided to add roughly 4 tablespoons of sugar for every 240mLs of the town's water supply.

Talon utility commissioner Hester Griggs told CBC News: "Oh, you can taste it yeah, or otherwise there ain't no point in doing it. It's sweet, sweet water."

Mr Griggs said part of the reason behind the move was that kids are preferring to drink soda and energy drinks to water.

"We decided is there a health element to the amount of water that someone drinks.

"We need to make sure that our residents, our kids... are encouraged to drink water, up to 8 glasses a day as is stipulated by the National Alliance of Health."

The sugary water is also being used in water used in showers and toilets.

Mr Griggs said he there wasn't too much concern in the community about the amount of sugar being consumed.

"The upside overweighs the downside unless you have diabetes," he said.

In that case, Mr Griggs recommended local diabetics restrict their intake to four glasses.

It's not April 1 is it?


Anonymous said...

The original story:

This Is That is satirical, like The Onion.

Julie said...

ROFL ... thanks for the original link!

Sevesteen said...

No idea where this came from, but from what I can find on Google, Pecos County Texas exists, but Talon doesn't. I'm also pretty sure that adding sugar to the water supply would not be feasible due to bacteria.

Hank said...

So if you're diabetic and have to take your blood wash your hands, then stick a pin in your finger to draw blood.'re going to get a very good reading (not) when your blood sample is contaminated with the water.

I hope this story is a hoax.

Billll said...

Pecos county is out where standing outdoors without a hat will have an adverse effect on your brain in fairly short order, much like your outback. 4 tbsp/qt in a municipal water supply, even a small one where volumes are measured in acre-feet, sounds like a mighty big trainload of sugar. Or else an equally large load of "organic fertilizer".