Wood County Project
Taste Test Story
Male Anchor: Well, we canít live without it, and now we have more choices than ever
before where to get it: water.
But which brand of water tastes the best? Tonight
we have the results of our KVUE Taste Test.
KVUEís Olga Campos joins us now with her special assignment.
It is hard to imagine you could tell a big difference when it comes to
water, especially since there are so many brands and such a range of price.
Tonight our viewersí choice of the best in bottled water is the focus
of my special assignment report.
quenches your thirst like ice cold water, but with our active lifestyles itís
likely weíre gulping water from a bottle. Marketing of bottled H2O is big
business with sales in the U.S. topping five billion dollars a year.
The brands give consumers plenty to choose from.
Arthur von Wiesenberger (Bottled Water
You see the word spring on the label that means it comes from
a natural spring, a natural protected source, thatís consistent, thatís
monitored, and that is good tasting. If
you see the word purified or processed, well, chances are that could be nothing
more than just tap water.
For our KVUE consumer taste test, we decided to let you compare
easy-to-find brands of spring water. The
most expensive is Evian, bottled in France.
It costs $1.99. Dasani, a
product of CocaCola, costs $1.39, but the label doesnít list its source for
the water. Remarkable Spring water is a Randallís store brand.
It costs $.99 and comes from Bucks Spring near Jasper, TX.
Ozarka is nationally known. It
costs $.99, and its source is Rohrer Spring in Henderson County.
And Glacia bottled water is the HEB brand.
It is sold for just $.79 and is bottled in Canada.
All prices are for one and a half liter containers.
We also filled a bottle with tap water.
The City of Austin takes its water from the Colorado River with three
treatment plants meeting state and federal standards.
Fifty people tasted six different samples and we added the category of no
difference, but for some, there is a clear distinction.
fresh-tasting and I drink a lot of bottled water.
When it was over, one brand beat the rest with the most votes.
Ozarka at $.99 is our water winner. In second place Ė the category of
no difference. Our testers decided
the samples of bottled water taste the same.
Tester: You can hardly discern
Tester 2: Tastes the same.
And our surprising third place winner is tap water.
Again, hereís how the bottled water stack up price-wise.
Evian is the most expensive, followed by Dasani, Remarkable Spring,
Ozarka, Glacia, and the City of Austin tap water, but when it comes to our taste
test, Ozarka is tops followed by no difference, tap, Dasani, Evian, Randalls
Remarkable Spring and HEBís Glacia. If
you happen to buy bottled water in bulk youíll be happy to know itís
considered safe to drink long after that expiration date on the label expires. That information is used by retailers to keep track and to
rotate their stock on the shelves.
Anchor: So it may be all in
your head and not in your tongue.
Female Anchor: Interesting results.
Reprinted with permission from KVUE-24 television, Austin, TX.