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Does "Tea Water" Actually Have Anything to Do With Tea?

The term referred to water of sufficient quality for making tea but also to potable water in general. Colonial pollution compromised New York's limited supply of fresh water, which presented an ongoing problem until the opening of the Croton Aqueduct in 1842. In the meantime, tea water flowed from a small assortment of private wells that dotted the city.

Creative: Tronvig Group