How would you describe the taste and odor of your tap water? “A rich bouquet earthy flavors“? “Sulfurous aroma with a hint of chlorine”? Or “simply divine”? The aesthetic properties of your tap water depend upon your local natural water supply source, how your water is treated, and how it is delivered to you.
In the case of private well water that undergoes no treatment at all, taste and odor are simply a function of naturally occurring minerals and organic matter in the locally tapped groundwater. Municipal treatment adds another level of “complexity” for the palate.
“Ultra-treated” water is disagreeable. Distilled water for example, which is pure water with no dissolved components, tastes flat, bitter, and astringent. That’s because our mouths are accustomed to the pH and mineral content of our saliva, which are quite different from those of distilled water. … READ MORE >>READ MORE >>