Some people swear by this. But I don’t care what Tata and Howard of Barfblog tell us, I just cannot force myself to get on my hands and knees and drink the water from my toilet bowl. However, these crazy bloggers might be onto something. A story published in Daily Mail indicated that research scientists found that the water in our porcelain thrones are much cleaner and better for you than you’d ever imagine.
So if you’re wondering where to get some fresh water in the event of an emergency, look no further than where you go to the bathroom.
Researchers, at least according to Daily Mail, claim that people need to get over the “gross factor” of drinking from their toilet bowls. Instead, they must “accept drinking water that comes directly from toilets.”
If you’re unwilling to dunk your drinking class into your toilet bowl, I don’t blame you. But research does indicate that filtered toilet bowl water is as good and clean as the bottled water people pay a fortune for at the local grocery store.
A University of California study found that toilet water is both better for and your tastes as good as bottled or tap water. The only catch is that it must be recycled first.
The California university study asked 150 volunteers to sip toilet water and compare it to other sources including the tap and the bottle. And without telling them which water they were drinking, Californians ranked recycled sewage water to taste the best. In the last place was public tap water.
“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.”
Daniel Harmon, the lead author of the toilet water study, knows that you’ll probably stick up your nose to “wastewater,” but he wants you to forget your preconceptions and taste recycled sewage water. And he believes that in the coming decades, at least in California where there is always a shortage of water, drinking from the toilet will become widespread and common.
“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.
While California is suffering from chronic drought, they are not alone. About two-thirds of all the people on the planet do not have access to clean and sanitary water. If Harmon and his team can help people recycle sewage water on a mass scale, the global water crisis can have a workable solution.
Because bottled water goes through the same treatment process as the sewage water did in Harmon’s study, you really don’t know how clean it was, to begin with. For all you know, the source of the bottled water is a dirty reservoir. Freshwater is a limited quantity.
Will you be drinking toilet water with the people of the future or will you stick to bottled or tap?