Originally Posted by Bee
They purify the water via reverse osmosis (RO) which removes essentially everything except good old H2O. But RO water tastes weird because people are used to all the minerals in their water. So they add back in just enough to make the taste "good." Presumably some tasting panel was involved.
About a year ago, we were having water supply problems at the store I work at (much of the plumbing was shut off for work, so we only had toilets and sinks in the washrooms), so we were bringing in water to drink. Most people brought in bottles, usually store brands from Jewel or Dominicks or wherever, and pooled them. But someone (I think it was my boss, as it's something she'd do) brought in two of those big five gallon containers with the spout on them. Of water that had been distilled with reverse osmosis, and had no minerals in it. Tasted very, very strange, and it didn't really quench your thirst either. Almost as if it wasn't "wet" enough. Didn't even make good tea, for Pete's sake.
I figure that whomever brought in distilled water to drink, instead of the clearly marked drinking water, just wasn't paying attention when they bought it.
By the by, I have a 20-ounce Dasani in my fridge. Is it safe to dispose of it down the sink, or should I take it to the place that takes my used motor oil?