This means that a glass of water is not just a glass of water, and each of these components somehow changes the taste.
People who drink water in Winton must bear the strong sulphurous smell of their artesians. This affects the taste, but also within the city there are variations depending on which source the water comes from.
The water of the processing plants has a small amount of added chlorine, which imparts a slight acidic taste.
According to the United States research, the water we prefer to drink is influenced by personal experience. People tend to appreciate the taste of the water they grew up with.
You would think that the best taste water would be perfectly pure dihydrogen monoxide, but no, it tastes terrible. Those who have tried the ultrapure water used in the laboratories say it is flat, lifeless and a bit sour.
Besides, it's not even very good for you. It is so pure that it extracts minerals from your body that you need for good health.
The question of whether water tastes has been studied at the University of California, where scientists have identified a gene that appears to be responsible for the ability of the fruit flies to taste the water. Fruit flies with that gene removed and has drunk less.
In Australia we are used to having fresh and clean drinking water available from taps all day every day. Yet there are many millions all over the world for which this is impossible. We show our appreciation by buying it in plastic bottles.
Answer: Rod Taylor, Fuzzy Logic.
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