When you think of toilet water, the last thing that crosses your mind is it being drinkable. However, scientist are trying to change your mind about that!
According to the Daily Mail, researchers claim that “people will have to accept drinking water that comes directly from toilets.”
Now, we don’t necessarily to accept that just yet. But researchers believe this may be a reality in the future.
A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of California found that toilet water tastes just like tap or bottled water, and it’s actually better for you. Once it has been recycled of course.
Roughly 150 volunteers tested unlabeled tap, bottle, and recycled sewage water and ranked which one tasted better.
The results of the study found something quite surprising. Tap water ranked dead last.
“The groundwater-based water was not as well liked as IDR or bottled water,” Mary Guavain, co-author of the study, said. “We think that happened because IDR and bottled water go through remarkably similar treatment processes.”
Headauthor of the study, Daniel Harmon, said “wastewater” sounds gross, which is why not a lot of people are willing to try it. That being said, this source of water may become very popular in the coming decade.
“It is important to make recycled water less scary to people who are concerned about it, as it is an important source of water now and in the future,” Harmon said.
Two thirds of the people on earth do not have access to healthy safe water.
Where bottled water goes through the same treatment that waste water does, it doesn’t appear to be a huge deal to recycle waste water into safe drinking water.