03 Sep '11, 1pm

Why is Water from a Garden Hose so Delicious?

I posed this (age-old?) question on Twitter and Facebook today. To which one of my Environmental Studies colleagues replied, "the hose gives it taste." Ah, yes, the taste of childhood, of a hot summer day and cooling off with a little bubbly from the green hose hanging from the side of the house. Heck, when I was a kid (1970s), we had a drinking fountain hooked up between the house and the hose. Still delicious. But is it safe? And what does it tell you about those bottled water people? My experience today went like this: I was flushing the freshwater tank on my camper (and watering the lawn at the same time), and sweating my butt off in the too-hot-to-be-fall heat. On the way to shut off the hose, I took a drink. Ah. Another. My daughter came over and I let her try some. So, it's the taste of the hose, one person says. Normally, water doesn't really have a taste, right? T...

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