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Our Opinion: Hard-drinking locals

Tucsonans drink the hard stuff. Water, that is.

The mineral content in our most precious resource varies from hard to moderately hard, depending on where you live.

And that mineral content is expected to increase as more of our blended water comes from the Central Arizona Project and less is taken from the aquifer, as noted on the Tucson Citizen’s front page yesterday.

Mineral makeup has much to do with how your tap water tastes.

Many folks in the Tucson area tend to drink filtered or bottled water.

That’s a choice based on taste, preference and finances. Most Tucsonans don’t buy bottled water for health reasons, as all our tap water meets federal health standards.

But whether you prefer water that is soft or hard, from a bottle or the faucet, all of us in the Tucson area can agree on one critical fact about water:

We’re darned lucky to have any.

As the drought afflicting the West rages on into its 10th year, water remains at a premium.

Every desert denizen has a responsibility to conserve every drop possible – whether by trading lawns for natural desert, recycling gray water for plants, showering more quickly or eradicating water waste.

In the desert, water conservation is our duty.

Citizen Online Archive, 2006-2009

This archive contains all the stories that appeared on the Tucson Citizen's website from mid-2006 to June 1, 2009.

In 2010, a power surge fried a server that contained all of videos linked to dozens of stories in this archive. Also, a server that contained all of the databases for dozens of stories was accidentally erased, so all of those links are broken as well. However, all of the text and photos that accompanied some stories have been preserved.

For all of the stories that were archived by the Tucson Citizen newspaper's library in a digital archive between 1993 and 2009, go to Morgue Part 2

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