DC Water is kicking off a blind taste test to see if residents can tell the difference between the bottle and the tap. Officals say they hope the taste test will help change the public's perception of tap water.
"It's an opportunity for us to share with the public that the tap water in the district is high quality, it's clean, and that they can drink it for a penny a gallon," says Sarah Neiderer, a spokesperson for DC's Water and Sewer Authority.
It's not just about saving money. Neiderer says tap water can also be healthier and more eco-friendly.
"We are required to monitor and provide the results of our testing more frequently and stringently than the bottled water industry," says Neiderer. "In addition to that there is a huge environmental impact: 75 percent of those bottles typically end up as trash or in landfills."
Neiderer says in other recent tests, DC Water found more than half of participants could not taste a difference, and some even thought tap water tasted better.
The agency is holding weekly taste tests in all 8 District wards through October at the following locations: