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Is NYC Tap Water Vegan?

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Somebody Call The Vegan Police!

Somebody Call The Vegan Police!

I don’t drink water. It doesn’t have any flavor. It isn’t fruit-colored and it doesn’t have tiny bubbles up all in it. Frankly, it would be better with a little bit of sugar in it. Or Aspartame. Now that’s delicious!

Okay, okay, I’m joking. I love water. And, being from New York City: I love our tap water. It’s tasty. I was actually drinking some when I ran into this on Gizmodo:

You Swallow These Invisible Shrimp With Every Gulp of NYC Tap Water.

New York’s water is delicious—and filled with tiny crustaceans called “copepods”. (Making it possibly not kosher)

So. Like. Dude. If there’s little shrimpies in the water, does it mean that it’s not vegan?

Should I stick to Diet Wild Cherry Berry Dr. Pepper Max with a Hint of Lime from now on?


  1. Comment by

    Online human

    on #

    I bet this kind of stuff is in all water, everywhere. Looks like it’s time to start dying.

  2. Comment by


    on #

    copepods are everywhere. technically you could put a light at one end of the glass and drink from the other, but i know if i tried it i would likely spill on myself and the light and possibly electrocute myself
    it is kind of like whatever little micro things that might get crushed by walking, biking etc.
    for a little info on them in the water supply:

  3. Comment by

    Dylan Roberts

    on #

    I won’t be satisfied until our sinks start spewing Green Brawndo. Brawndo’s got what plants crave. Branwndo’s got electrolytes, and that’s what plants crave. They crave electrolytes which is what Brawndo has. And that’s why plants crave Brawndo, not water, like from toilet.

  4. Comment by


    on #

    In July, I started using ZeroWater. ZeroWater makes HTwoWhoa! 000 ppm dissolved solids for liters of water :^D . I hope the included tester isn’t lying to me :^\ .

  5. Comment by

    Zach Rock Steady

    on #

    Basically any filter will remove them. A 50nm filter will do it, and most of the ones you can buy are like 10-13nm.

    You could file copepods under there-really-is-such-thing-as-too-small-to-care-about, but even so, make sure the next batch of Haterade you brew has a filtered water base. You wouldn’t want that bitter hypocritical aftertaste.

  6. Comment by


    on #

    But…but, if I filter them out, where will I get my protein?!

  7. Comment by


    on #

    “But…but, if I filter them out, where will I get my protein?!” – RMS

    HAHAHA!! I was about to comment and make a witty joke, but I think this trumps anything I could’ve said! lol.

  8. Comment by


    on #

    Nice job, Gizmodo… Only 6 years behind the Times on this one…

    NYTimes article

    once found a tiny little clam sitting in my kitchen faucet’s aerator

  9. Comment by


    on #

    If you filter them out, they are still going to die, they’ll just die in your filter, so….what’s the point? What about all the tinier microbes in the water that wouldn’t be filtered out? Where do you stop? I’m personally not going to stress about it since it’s unavoidable and I’m not about to buy a filter since I can’t even afford one and I’m not about to do even more damage to the environment and my health and my wallet by buying plastic bottles of water.

  10. Comment by

    Adam Weissman

    on #

    “If you filter them out, they are still going to die, they’ll just die in your filter,”

    How exactly do you know this? I’m not saying you are wrong, but you’ve presented no evidence to support this contention one way or the other.

    “Too small to care about” doesn’t seem like any kind of coherent moral principle to me.

    Jains have been filtering their water for exactly this reason for a very long time.

  11. Comment by


    on #

    Aren’t most filters made from bone char (cattle bones)?

    I think we should remember the definition of vegan is to refrain from animal products “as far as possible and practical”.

    If we make a big deal about the little things (seriously, microscopic shrimp?) then people won’t take us seriously about the big things (bacon double cheeseburgers).

  12. Comment by


    on #

    No, most filters are made of carbon. Brita has this to say about its carbon: “The activated carbon utilized is made from coconut shells that have been subjected to a special heating process that produces a large surface area capable of maximum absorption.”

    Also, I’m just kind of disgusted that there are tiny animals in my water. Not so much that it makes me un-vegan. Just that they’re there. Eek. I wonder how many tiny animals are currently stuck in my water filter. So awful and gross.

  13. Comment by


    on #

    Adam, so what is your solution for someone who can’t afford a water filter? Should I just stop drinking water altogether? Because seeing as how I can’t afford a water filter I can’t afford soft drinks or bottled water either and I think more damage is done by plastic than me drinking microscopic crustaceans that I can’t do anything about being in my water supply.

  14. Comment by


    on #

    It’s also called common sense. Even if they survive in the filter while it’s kept wet during use, they will die most definitely after the filter is thrown out and dried up and they have no food supply. Do you have any proof or facts to say that they would survive forever in a filter?

  15. Comment by


    on #

    This is ridiculous. I read this article in the times years ago and I was appalled. You will never be able to live in a 100% animal free environment where no animals dies unless you live in a bubble of filtered water and air that is hermitically sealed. When you walk, ride, drive or fly you kill animals. Bottled water just creates more waste even if you recycle the bottles and filters will just kill those creatures. No matter what you do you do kill thousands of micro organisms every day. The air and water are full of them. Stop breathing and drinking if you have a problem with that.

  16. Comment by


    on #

    what an existential crisis. grow up.

  17. Comment by


    on #

    Being vegan, I wish there was a way to be 100% animal free, though yes, that is an IMPOSSIBLE feat. UNnecessary harm to other creatures is what you should be against, and plastic bottles will do more harm to the ecosystem then drinking some poor little shrimp from the tap.

    Worry about the important stuff, not saying they aren’t important, but trying to avoid somethings can end up doing more harm.

  18. Comment by


    on #

    I breathed a sigh of relief when I read in a book by PETA, that it does more harm than good for the cause, when people become the vegan police. It makes people feel like veganism is impossible, so they give up trying. I was this person once. Now, I don’t sweat the small stuff, and do the best that I can.
    challenging people’s levels of true veganism based on microscopic beings in the water, seems like a waste of effort that could be better used elsewhere…