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.