Can you taste the difference between bottled mineral water and tap water

PUBLISHED: 16:19 12 January 2006 | UPDATED: 11:27 04 May 2010

Beverly McPherson

Beverly McPherson

ANGLIAN Water has laid down a challenge to its customers - can you taste the difference between bottled mineral water and tap water? The company began the year with a clear message about the health advantages of drinking water, stressing that people shou

Ken and Janet Hitch

ANGLIAN Water has laid down a challenge to its customers - can you taste the difference between bottled mineral water and tap water?

The company began the year with a clear message about the health advantages of drinking water, stressing that people should drink between six and eight glasses of water a day.

A spokesman said: "Drinking plenty of water helps you concentrate, tackle tiredness and perform better at work and study. Our tap water is fresh, convenient, and costs less than a penny for two litres. Compare that to the water you buy in the shops! We challenge you to taste the difference."

Never ones to shy away from a challenge, staff at The Ely Standard decided to find out if the people of Ely could taste the difference between humble tap water and its more elegant, bottled counterpart.

John Donnellan

We filled a standard two-litre bottle (bottle A) with mineral water and bottle B with tap water to carry out a taste test.

We also asked how people felt about modern detox plans and diets, following news last week that a number of scientists dismissed the pills, supplements and drinks available as a waste of money. The Sense about Science organisation added that there was no replacement for a glass of water, but what do you think?

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Eric Playford

Beverly McPherson, 39, of Sutton, wrongly chose A as the tap water.

"I would agree that water is the best thing for you. We drink bottled water at home and I send the kids to school with bottled water. I suppose you think there is more calcium and minerals in bottled water.

"Well I drink quite a bit of bottled water, so that does come as a surprise. There's really not a lot of difference between them. I would drink more tap water if there was more information about it."

Patrick Kavanagh

Ken, 75, and Janet Hitch, 71, of York Way, Ely. Janet correctly guessed that A was the mineral water, but Ken thought it was B.

Janet - "I think that B is the tap water because you can smell it. It was very difficult to taste the difference between them, though."

Ken - "I couldn't really tell the difference today, but at home, you could really smell the difference because it smells of bleach. Detox doesn't apply to us. We're not really big drinkers but I think water would be just as good."

Rodger Germany

John Donnellan, 59, a postman from Soham, wrongly guessed that A was the tap water.

"There's a nice bouquet to A... it's tricky to tell the difference, very tricky. I think A is the tap water."

A is actually the mineral water.

"I really couldn't tell the difference."

"I'm not a great drinker, so I'm not interested in detox. I'm not a great believer in these expensive things, myself."

Eric Playford, 69, of Columbine Road, Ely, thought the tap water was the bottled water.

"Well, there's not a lot of difference between them, really, but I think B might be the bottled one."

B is actually the tap water.

"There's not much in it at all."

"I'm not interested in all of that detox. I think you should drink a lot of water anyway, especially on the golf course."

Patrick Kavanagh, 77, a visitor to Ely from Clacton-On-Sea, guessed correctly that B was tap water.

"I could taste right away that it was tap water."

"That detox has been on the news a lot recently. I don't know a lot about it, but it's always good to have a glass of water. I always have one before I go to bed."

Rodger Germany , 67, from Sutton, wrongly guessed that A was the tap water.

"Well the water tasted horrible in Sutton, so that is a surprise. It tastes of fluoride. We use bottled water to make tea.

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