Remember the ironic humor of that great film classic, “Casablanca?” Humphrey Bogart, as Rick, delivered the goods:
Captain Renault: What in heaven’s name brought you to Casablanca?
Rick: My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters.
Captain Renault: The waters? What waters? We’re in the desert.
Rick: I was misinformed.
Today, we learn from the Associated Press that people who go to Saratoga for the waters have been misinformed. Chances are, the same health benefits (if any) derived from the spring water baths there are pretty much available in the tub at home.
That’s because the mineral water bubbling up from underground at Saratoga State Park has been heavily diluted with heated city water for about the past 20 years. Apparently, it started when the water got too cold. A heater used to warm the spring water broke down, and nobody ever got it fixed.
This frothy fraud by the private contractor operating the spa surfaced when the Spitzer administration took over in Albany. Now that it’s out in the open, the park will start telling those who come to Saratoga “for the waters,” what they’re actually sitting in.
Now, about that Saratoga drinking water sold in those cool blue bottles… all this makes you wonder where that comes from, doesn’t it?