NYC gets its water from a bunch of upstate reservoirs. The water is so clean that its exempt from Federal and State filtration requirements. It's pumped into pipes from roughly 60' below the surface of the reservoirs and, basically, comes straight to your tap. I know they add chlorine and fluoride somewhere along the line and there must be some kind of screens involved, otherwise, the pipes would get clogged with fish. But, otherwise, we're drinking water straight from the lakes!
I'm not going to go look for the stuff, -- you guys know how I hate documenting things -- but NYC tap water also rates among the tastiest in the nation year after year. (There's blind taste testing and stuff and somebody with time on their hands does that stuff and tells the rest of us about it eventually.) Some podunk in Wisconsin apparently has the best tasting water, but since there's only like 12 people living there, who gives a rat's ass?
So, back to the sushi. It seems that some itty-bitty microscopic shrimp get through the screens and we're all drinking shrimp with our water. They range from .8 to 1.4 mm in length (the females are the bigger ones -- stupid big females). They're actually known as copepods (who knew?) and they do nifty stuff like eating mosquito larvae. Yay copepods! (cough, cough, gag.)
Of course, the first thing I thought of when I read about this was, "Holy Crap! Does that mean the water isn't kosher?" I thought I was kidding, but no...it turns out I"m not. OUKosher.org recommends installing a water filter and some other stuff, which, I guess is reasonable. I mean, keeping kosher requires jumping through quite a few hoops already; is adding a water filter to the mix really that much more work? (When I was in working in Cincinnati, we had to use bottled water to make coffee. I don't know if things have changed there, but in the mid-90's, their tap water was nasty!)
I'm not going to go back to keeping kosher, so I'm not going to bother with the filters. In fact, I'm going to consider the sushi a freebie! And my doctor said I should be eating more seafood!
P.S. Thanks to Steve, I was able to participate in yet another utterly pointless exercise! If you download IOGraph, you can create a visual record of everywhere you mouse has moved for as long as you like! Here's what it looked like creating this post:
The great thing about this, is, that unlike other pointless stuff on the internet, this one does its bit while you're doing other stuff. It isn't even a waste of time!