For those "Sick of Yucky Water" ,
In Board Question #22905 post someone asked about the drinking fountains in the JFSB. I'm an early morning custodian in that building and the sanitation engingeer, defender, crusader etc. (bathroom and drinking fountain cleaner) for the first floor. And yes I agree the drinking fountains taste bad sometimes. I think the ones on the first floor are some of the worst, especailly the NE corner. Blah! At work we joke that we don't need iron supplements beacuse of the metallic taste. Anyway I asked around and I couldn't really find a specific answer as to why the yucky water. However I do know ( beacuse of my cleaning experience) that the water fountains always have lots of hard water stains on them (that I have to clean up). So it might just be that, its really a hit or miss situation for finding good tasting water. I found out a few good hints for finding that elusive good drinking fountain water around campus. Some tips for divining tasty water.
1. Age matters - newer buildings will tend to have piping with less sediment build-up (the JFSB doesn't really have this probalem but its good to know).
2. Listen for the hum - the chill of refrigerated fountains tends to make any water taste better.
3. Gravity speaks - though not always the case, often fountains near the ground floor of the building will have a seemingly fresher taste (I've found the ones in the basement to be my personal favs.)
The JFSB drinking water is still a mystery and one I will contemplate every morning as I sanitize the chrome.
-bizzy at work