Should water that's been distilled through reverse osmosis taste this nasty?
December 16, 2008 11:51 PM Subscribe
My workplace has a reverse osmosis water filter that produces a beverage tasting nothing short of pure evil. Why might this be?
posted by springbound to Food & Drink (10 answers total)
Referring to previous posts about yucko-tasting water, I considered it being the glasses or my mouth or something, but everyone in the place except the boss (who I suspect is in payer's denial) agrees that the filtered water tastes off, and we're all using different glasses (several different types available here) and mouths. I'm not sure how to describe the taste.... drier... much, much harder. It leaves my tongue feeling like it's wearing a fuzzy sweater. Or needs a good shave.
I've drunk similarly filtered water in a different location (at the boss's house, so can probably assume it's the same filter/brand) and it's also tasted evil, so it probably isn't the location. It's not just this particular time, either: we're talking a period of a year here that it's tasted this way.
I don't know how the machine itself works so can't really guess at what could be transpiring inside. Could a criminally neglected filtering system cause this? Inside the section between machine and finished vessel of filtered evilness seems to be a baggie of what Googling reveals must be charcoal, but I haven't dug any deeper into its innards. The baggie looks, well, pretty black -- as charcoal might.
I wanted to poison myself LESS by starting to use the filtered water (they've recently introduced fluoride where I am, and I'm one of THOSE freaks), but fear I'm poisoning myself more imbibing this liquid atrocity. We've all expressed to the boss that we think it tastes like shi-...vermetimbers and we can't believe he prefers it, so you'd think if it was a filter-change it needed that he'd've performed it. So... is this just normal "reverse-osmosised" taste?