When traveling, I always try to sample the local tap water. Wherever it tastes terrible I wonder, if I lived there, would I always use bottled water or would I get used to it. I'm pretty cheap but I do like drinking plain water and hate having to grimace about it when I do. Indeed, the bottled water aisles in the markets seem larger wherever I think the water tastes bad.
Except for relatively minor chlorine (which varies over time) Providence water is IMO first rate. I wonder if people around here who choose bottled water are simply more discerning than I am, do they think it is safer, or what? Who buys bottled water and why?