Would you be able to tell the difference between tap, bottled, and recycled water? A group of study participants in California were willing to put their taste buds to the test and rank recycled water, bottled water, and tap water.

“Researchers at the University of California – Riverside have asked 143 people to express a preference among recycled water, bottled water, and tap water. They hypothesized that all three would score similarly. Surprisingly, tap water was the least popular among the tasters; recycled water and bottled water scored about the same. In study’s conclusion, researchers suggest that favorable comparisons between reverse osmosis treated water and bottled water may make consumers more amenable to drinking recycled wastewater.”

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