This is a frivolous post, but I’ve been considering its subject matter for a couple weeks now.
On the subject of tap water, I have been hearing some disturbing news that most filtration and cleaning processes do not get pharmaceutical chemicals, psychotropics, illegal drugs or added vitamins and minerals out before it comes out of the tap. I’m not sue if this is true or not, but if it is true, I would expect larger cities to have higher levels of these bizarre cocktails of undesired ingredients. Let’s see below to see if this theory holds any water. Ha!
This is a post about my subjective observations of the taste of tap water in all the various places I have been on this current trip.
On a scale from 0 to 10, where zero is gagging and heaving due to imbibing the water, and ten is “I’m in heavenly bliss with this ambrosial fluid,” we have a measurement tool for rating tap water. Note: I believe that one’s mineral intake needs and tastes change with different days, so this is an extremely fickle “experiment.” Obviously a ten is difficult to achieve, and we hope to god that no water gets a zero rating.
Tap water from various locations-
Honolulu water: out of the tap, ranking of 1.5, barely palatable; out of a water fountain, which probably had an additional filter on it, ranking goes up to 4.0, relatively good
Kona Hawaii water: 2.0, not good, kind of flat, can water be stale?
Hawi Hawaii water: 2.5, something is off – mineral content? in shower water seems very hard
Hilo Hawaii water: 3.0, becoming drinkable, certainly the best water out of a tap in the places I visited in Hawaii
Waikiki Hawaii water: 0.5, this was by far the worst tap water on my trip, full of chemicals like chlorine, maybe a 1.0 at best
Concord California water: something was funky, maybe a 1.5? strange new chemical mixture, not good, also had strange effects in the shower, hard water?
Berkeley California water: similar to SFO airport water, drinkable but 2.5 at best
Pendleton Oregon water: compared to what I have encountered up to this point, this small quiet country town has delicious water, I’d give it a 5.0 or 6.0, however, probably as a testament to one’s changing tastes and needs, some days I do not like the taste (but at least it is always palatable)
One of the reasons I think about this subject is because I was raised on well water, living at the base of the Blue Ridge mountains in Virginia. Therefore most any other tap water I encounter is of lesser quality. And god forbid you drink the tap water in Virginia Beach (or Waikiki), you might end up getting hooked on a mystery drug. 🙂