Taste Buds Don't Lie: Recycled Water Tastes as Good as Bottled Water

We're talking about toilet to tap. There, we said it.

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August 18, 2018, 11:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

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David Downey reports on the results of a blind taste test conducted by researchers at the University of California, Riverside that pitted recycled water (otherwise known as toilet-to-tap water) against bottled water and tap water.

The researchers "found that people prefer [recycled water] flavor over tap water and that they like it as much as bottled water."

How could that be? UCR’s Daniel Harmon explains, as quoted in the article: "Bottled water and recycled water go through more or less identical purification processes," otherwise known as reverse osmosis.

"The study is encouraging, water officials say, because it comes at a time when Southern California is having to rely increasingly more on recycled water, and not just for turf and crop irrigation," according to Downey.

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