The mystery of the Sour Water

The other day, I got some water from the water cooler in the office. I hadn’t had any problem with this water before, but this time, the water tasted funny. Sort of sour, strange. A little chemically.

I asked a coworker about it, and he was puzzled as well. We decided to report it to the office manager, to see if she could shed any light on the mystery.

The scene of the crime

The scene of the crime

Well, we found out that the water was, in fact, vinegary, and we found out why. One of the office cleaning ladies, in an effort to “sanitize” the water, and prevent the spread of local cold virus, “sterilized” the water faucet with vinegar. She thought that vinegar was a disinfectant, and didn’t think that washing the water dispenser would affect the taste of the water.

In case it ever comes up in a conversation, now you know that washing the water faucet of a water cooler with vinegar does, in fact, affect the taste of the water.

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