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post #5416 of 5842
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Originally Posted by Medwed View Post

Tap water in Scandinavia is the best I have ever tried. Tap water there (especially during Winter months) tastes as good or better than Fidji. It is simply fantastic and not within margin, even people skeptical or indifferent to taste of their tap would notice the water quality there.
Since I have moved to Belgium I filter all my drinking water here & even have filters to remove calcium from my shower taps. Belgium, Holland and N. France have too much chalk in the ground, and while it contributes to really good wines , it does nothing for your food, coffee/tea, hair or pots and pans.

As Russians say ,:" If you have not tried anything sweeter than carrots , carrots are the tastiest food in the whole World".

I'm sure there are some places where tap taste is noticeable, like maybe Flint, MI but for the most part the whole water industry is just a bunch of bullshit marketing. Never had a tap that wasn't perfectly fine.

I did a test with my kids who were once filtered water believers, they couldn't identify tap versus filtered. Shortly after they stopped. I've drank tap in 70% of countries in the EU and all over most of the US. Can't say I've ever tasted a difference.

You can't taste a noticeable difference when it's done blindly. When you know what you're tasting suddenly the results are completely different. I always chuckle at those fat women going for their lunch walks with that bottle of water in their hand that believe this "stay hydrated" bullshit.


http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=126984&page=1 - NYC tap won hands down

http://www.bu.edu/today/2011/bottled-vs-tap-which-tastes-better/ - vast majority of testers couldn't tell a difference

https://ww2.amstat.org/publications/jse/v18n1/lunsford.pdf - same results

http://www.udc.edu/docs/causes/online/Water%20Project%20HandOut.pdf
post #5417 of 5842
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

Where I live the water is super-hard with calcium. If you're building it's standard to have a water softener loop plumbed in at that time. If you don't treat calcium will build up on everything from glasses to shower walls. We use a salt ion exchange softener that does the entire house except for one line. That line goes to an RO under the kitchen sink with a three gallon reservoir tank to a spigot at the sink and it also feeds the ice maker in the fridge. The taste between untreated tap water and our RO water is impossible to miss.

 

Forgive my ignorance, but what is an RO?

post #5418 of 5842
Reverse osmosis.
post #5419 of 5842
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Originally Posted by idfnl View Post

I'm sure there are some places where tap taste is noticeable, like maybe Flint, MI but for the most part the whole water industry is just a bunch of bullshit marketing. Never had a tap that wasn't perfectly fine.

I did a test with my kids who were once filtered water believers, they couldn't identify tap versus filtered. Shortly after they stopped. I've drank tap in 70% of countries in the EU and all over most of the US. Can't say I've ever tasted a difference.

The tap water downtown here literally smells like it came from a cow pond, especially when it's heated. In the suburbs it's generally pretty good. I don't buy bottled water.

In New Orleans the major local bottled water company is Kentwood Springs. Ever been to Kentwood, Louisiana (known for giving us Britney Spears)? If you'd seen it you wouldn't want to drink water from there.
post #5420 of 5842
People of Baton Rouge ,flush your toilets, New Orleans needs drinking water. Does the water in Sulpher still smell like ... well..... sulpher?
post #5421 of 5842
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Originally Posted by Numbernine View Post

People of Baton Rouge ,flush your toilets, New Orleans needs drinking water. Does the water in Sulpher still smell like ... well..... sulpher?

I should have qualified my response to exclude 3rd world cities.
post #5422 of 5842

Actually a number of cities in Louisiana (BR for one ) source their water from artesian wells some of the sweetest tasting naturally soft water in the world. There are not a lot of undissolved minerals in all that delta clay. There are so few rocks they use dredged up clam shell in place of gravel

post #5423 of 5842
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Originally Posted by Numbernine View Post

Actually a number of cities in Louisiana (BR for one ) source their water from artesian wells some of the sweetest tasting naturally soft water in the world. There are not a lot of undissolved minerals in all that delta clay. There are so few rocks they use dredged up clam shell in place of gravel

Artesian wells... is that a euphemism for a regular old aquifer? Funny how it's marketed as "mineral water" but then all these filters seek to remove it.

This bottled water bullshit is actually more expensive than gas. And the vast majority of it is plain old tap water... so the stupids are basically buying repackaged tap water that costs .08 a gallon and buying it for 10 to 50x more.
post #5424 of 5842
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Originally Posted by Numbernine View Post

Actually a number of cities in Louisiana (BR for one ) source their water from artesian wells some of the sweetest tasting naturally soft water in the world. There are not a lot of undissolved minerals in all that delta clay. There are so few rocks they use dredged up clam shell in place of gravel

Artesian wells... is that a euphemism for a regular old aquifer? Funny how it's marketed as "mineral water" but then all these filters seek to remove it.

This bottled water bullshit is actually more expensive than gas. And the vast majority of it is plain old tap water... so the stupids are basically buying repackaged tap water that costs .08 a gallon and buying it for 10 to 50x more.


Well I grew up there in the 50s-early 60s and that was well before any"marketing " of drinking water,so I would assume its reference is something other than euphemistic.I certainly agree that the whole bottled water thing is nonsense but my major objection to it is the incredible waste incurred  to deliver what is essentially the same  glass of water to the consumer

post #5425 of 5842
Give it up, 9. No one can tell this guy anything; what he says is indisputable truth.
post #5426 of 5842
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Originally Posted by idfnl View Post

Artesian wells... is that a euphemism for a regular old aquifer? Funny how it's marketed as "mineral water" but then all these filters seek to remove it.

This bottled water bullshit is actually more expensive than gas. And the vast majority of it is plain old tap water... so the stupids are basically buying repackaged tap water that costs .08 a gallon and buying it for 10 to 50x more.

No, its a type of well. Note, not "artisanal. "

BTW, the main difference tap and bottled water is that most tap water has shit loads of chlorine in it. Some cities, apparently in Scandinavia, have better water than others. But if you can tell pure water from chlorine I don't know what to say. Go drink from a public pool and enjoy feeling superior. I hear McDonalds has good prices, and all meat tastes the same, right?
post #5427 of 5842
I drink Lake Michigan water and it tastes fine.
post #5428 of 5842
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Originally Posted by texas_jack View Post

I drink Lake Michigan water and it tastes fine.

I drink my tap water too, but I can tell the difference. There is a great local spring along a back road that has a little pipe and spring box built around it. Its been there forever and all the locals use it for the water. When I can, I fill up there.
post #5429 of 5842
You are all amateurs. Bespoke water is next level.


post #5430 of 5842
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Originally Posted by Numbernine View Post


Well I grew up there in the 50s-early 60s and that was well before any"marketing " of drinking water,so I would assume its reference is something other than euphemistic.I certainly agree that the whole bottled water thing is nonsense but my major objection to it is the incredible waste incurred  to deliver what is essentially the same  glass of water to the consumer

We share the same basic objection.

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Originally Posted by NorCal View Post

No, its a type of well. Note, not "artisanal. "

BTW, the main difference tap and bottled water is that most tap water has shit loads of chlorine in it. Some cities, apparently in Scandinavia, have better water than others. But if you can tell pure water from chlorine I don't know what to say. Go drink from a public pool and enjoy feeling superior. I hear McDonalds has good prices, and all meat tastes the same, right?

The research indicates otherwise. The EPA limit is up to 4 parts per million, which in your eyes constitutes "shitloads". Forget all the studies that show people regularly cannot tell the difference.
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Originally Posted by NorCal View Post

I drink my tap water too, but I can tell the difference. There is a great local spring along a back road that has a little pipe and spring box built around it. Its been there forever and all the locals use it for the water. When I can, I fill up there.

It's in your head.
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