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Western tests preference bottled water or tap

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LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—Bottled water, or filtered water flowing from a fountain, which tastes better? That was the question today at Western Technical College.

Western Technical College held a water taste test to help staff and students realize the differences, or lack there of, between the two.

"I don't think there is a big difference between bottled water and bottled filling stations," Shannon Havlik, Western Energy Education Specialist said.  "You have less cost (filling stations/water fountains) and are free for Western staff and students."

They've saved more than 16,000 bottles at the water fountain in the Roy E Kumm Center alone.

"I think the benefits from drinking tap are so much better," Katie Hakes, giving taste test said.  "It's not worth it to drink bottled because of all the waste its producing.

Most people couldn't tell the difference between the two water samples.

"Either, or, it doesn't matter to me it's water," Bryce Gerke, taste test participant said.

"You could tell one was more clear and one was more minerally tasting," Megan Barbian, taste test participant said.

Barbian could tell the difference between the two, and usually, she said, she drinks bottled water because she doesn't like the taste of city water.

Event organizers Hakes and Havlik took the taste test themselves and both of them got it wrong.

"I thought most people would get it wrong because you can't really taste a difference, no, not at all," Hakes said.

Western's Earth Week events continue Thursday at 12:30 p.m. with a forum on naturalism followed by a marsh walk at Myrick Hixon EcoPark.

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