Mass. municipal water as good as bottled

Sept. 18, 2005 at 8:20 PM

BOSTON, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- In a taste test, the ozone-infused tap water of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority was judged as good or better than pricey bottled water.

Frederick A. Laskey, executive director of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, had been boasting that his water was every bit as good as the bottled water that Americans spend about $10 billion a year on.

The judges were: Jim Koch, brewer and founder of Boston Beer Co., the maker of Samuel Adams beer; Geoffrey Fallon, the sommelier at Les Zygomates Wine Bar & Bistro; and John McNabb, the research director at the environmental group Clean Water Action.

The bottled waters ranged in price from 79 cents a gallon to $6.82 a gallon. The municipal water cost a half-cent a gallon.

The testers failed to detect any significant difference between the tap water and a variety of bottled waters that included Fiji, Aquafina and Stop & Shop Acadia water, reported the Boston Globe Sunday.

Laskey admitted he was sweating out the taste-test because his palate wasn't very sophisticated.

"I often drink wine with ice cubes," he said.

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