Taste the Difference

What's in the water? That is the question tackled by Chicago Public Radio's 'Curious City,' a radio program that looks at city issues and relevant and current intriguing features about the Chicagoland region. This week, their team came up with a water taste test. More an experiment designed to get at the heart of a subject many people may not have quite a handle on. Primarily, you have the entire methodology of which the water is filtered, treated and deliver to homes and business. Additionally, and further complicating the issues of water consumption are the layers of municipal governments which all receive water in different ways. One village may get their water from Lake Michigan, while others buy their water from the City of Chicago and still others tap their water reserves from local rivers.

Curious City published this document that shows how you can perform a taste test using various methods and samples.

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Watch the Curious City team in action and see how the water taste tests unfold:

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We often overlook the subject of water, it is freely available to most of our homes. Scribd has a variety of resources that address the issues of water availability or scarcity and environmental issues. United Nations has this article published about auditing water supplies for small towns. Small water utilities face unique challenges in delivering water and sanitation services to their customers. With a limited revenue base and few opportunities to benefit from economies of scale, they often suffer from severe skill shortages and a long legacy of underinvestment in infrastructure and capacity enhancement. To overcome these challenges, the small utilities need to maximize their operating efficiencies and ensure optimum utilization of their assets.