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TheDailyMeal: What You Didn't Know About Your Bottled Water

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7., 8., and 9. Tap Water and Filtered Water

To see just how good our palates were, we tested the seven bottled waters against New York City tap water (said to be one of the best tap waters in the country), tap water from Maine, and filtered water from our KitchenAid fridge. Here's how they compared:

New York City tap water: Number seven out of 10, with a score of 72.92
You'd think we New York City residents would have picked it out better among the lineup. Some testers did catch on (one wrote "plain, uneventful water. Oh wait... tap"), others noted a more mineral flavor with an aftertaste. It sure made us question our city's beloved tap water.

Maine water: Number nine out of 10, with a score of 67.92
We thought surely water from East Booth Bay, Maine, would have a fresh taste — but lo and behold, it was practically reviled among our testers. "Gross," "muddy," "terrible aftertaste," and the list went on and on. Nearly every one of our 12 testers guessed that it was tap water.

Filtered fridge water: Number eight out of 10, with a score of 70.83
No one was a fan of the filtered water, either. One person said it tasted like chlorine, another person said it tasted like pool water. Everyone believed it was tap water.

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