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As a resident of Cleveland I can tell you that the drinking water here is actually quite good. As Roger correctly points out, there have been a few water-related problems here which make us an easy target. But that was a long time ago when steel was the lifeblood of the city and environmental regulations didn't really exist. Cleveland is now a phenomenal city and I recommend anyone visit. I'll even give you a personal tour.

Fiji used the stereotype of Cleveland without doing the necessary due diligence. Clevelanders are, as I'm sure are Philadelphians, proud of their city. Stores here stopped stocking the product and I think overall it hurt their long-term credibility.

I'm off to drink a nice fresh glass of Cleveland's own. Cheers!

All you say about Fiji doing diligence about a municiplaity's water supply is true.

One thing not mentioned in your post is that many people still have the memory of two things about two bodies of water very close to Cleveland: (1) the Cuyahoga River caught "fire" in the 1960s, and (2) Lake Erie was very close to being declared a "dead" lake about the same time. Of course, things are much better now for both the lake and the river, but people's memories are long.

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