The results of most blind taste tests indicate no difference between the taste of tap water and that of bottled water. I have carried out my own blind taste tests, and my results have shown that there is no difference in taste.
Interestingly, however, the results are different in non-blind taste tests.
When blind tests are conducted, the taste buds really don’t seem to think that bottled water tastes better than tap water. In 2001, ABC’s Good Morning America conducted a blind water taste test. The viewers’ preferences were as follows:
- 12 percent Evian
- 19 percent O-2
- 24 percent Poland Spring
- 45 percent New York City tap water
Yorkshire Water, the water department in Yorkshire, England, found that 60 percent of 2,800 people surveyed could not tell the difference between the local tap water and UK bottled water.