Moscow's Water Called Drinkable

The quality of Moscow's drinking water appears to be improving, meaning that the city's denizens should have no reservations about regularly indulging in tap water, a City Duma deputy said Wednesday.

Heavy pollution in Moscow does not appear to be negatively affecting the city's drinking water, Vera Stepanenko, who heads the City Duma's environmental policy commission, said at a news conference, Interfax reported.

Stepanenko cited data showing that in the past 10 years, male longevity in the Russian capital has increased by nine years, up to age 67, as evidence of the improving quality of the city's tap water.

Addressing the water quality at local beaches and swimming holes, Stepanenko said out of the 19 waterfront areas where city dwellers typically relax, only 11 are suitable for swimming.