Does Water Have Taste?

Water in one place certainly tastes different from water in another place, and there isn’t a person alive who hasn’t said, “This water tastes good.” But water is not only colorless and odorless, it’s really tasteless too!

That is, pure water is tasteless. But you’ve probably never tasted pure water in your life. All water in nature contains other substances, such as minerals, gases, and bacteria.

Minerals, mostly salt, account for about 3.5 percent of the weight of sea water. Rainfall is much purer, but contains molecules of gases such as oxygen and carbon dioxide.

Drinking water usually contains gases and minerals, and it is these substances, and not the water itself, that give water its “taste.”