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August 26, 2014

Connie Ollis: Without water, some food useless

I went to pick up a food box and received one of what is termed “emergency food assistance.” From what I understand, it is for “drought relief.”

I went to pick up a food box and received one of what is termed “emergency food assistance.” From what I understand, it is for “drought relief.” The humor and irony of drought relief boxes furnished by the government is that they consist of beans, rice and spaghetti – all of which require water for preparation. Household water, which many of us get, exposes us to arsenic, lead, rust and more contaminants, which now show up in our body tissues and are hazards to our health. Do we have any hope of obtaining government-supplied water purifiers to clean the water we need? Even if we have to purchase bottled water, don’t the plastic containers needed to transport and store it contain other contaminants and hazards? Any suggestions?

Connie Ollis, Modesto

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