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Sep 16, 2021 - 6:58:58 AM
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rinemb

USA

13936 posts since 5/24/2005

Many of you probably have wonderful tasting water to your home. Our municipal water is not too whoopie IMO. We are in the process of replacing our ancient municipal water treatment plant and storage facilities. What's a few hundred million dollars here and there, anymore, eh.
So, on a whim, I bought a 7 cup Brita water pitcher with the insert filter. It fits in our fridge. So we are really enjoying a better tasting glass of cold water and better coffee at home.

I was curious how your water is, and do you filter your drinking water?

Brad

Sep 16, 2021 - 7:18:16 AM

15330 posts since 12/2/2005

The local water here is dismal and has been since I was a pup - it always reeks of chlorine, and there are some nasty chemicals in trace amounts in it due to the nearby military air base. Fine to bathe which, and not too bad for brushing teeth, but otherwise awful.

Yes, I use a Brita filter; it's primarily for coffee but I also use it for rice, cooking pasta, etc. My big gripe with Brita is that they don't make a glass carafe. Wish they did. In that I'm always heating the water that comes out of it, I don't refrigerate it - and I do have to scrub it out every week or so lest algae bloom in it.

Sep 16, 2021 - 7:19:12 AM

194 posts since 11/28/2006

Our tap water is terrible, full of salts and gunk. Worst of all it makes for undrinkable coffee. I installed this APEC RO unit under the kitchen sink

freedrinkingwater.com/ro-90-detail.htm

No more hauling drinking water from the store.

Sep 16, 2021 - 7:34:31 AM

1309 posts since 9/6/2019

When we moved into our town we were warned that the water was pretty bad so I bought a water cooler that uses the 5 gallon jugs. I used to use the Brita pitcher and I liked it but it could be a PITA for cooking if you didn't want to use tap water.

Sep 16, 2021 - 7:42:20 AM

banjo bill-e

Tuvalu

11583 posts since 2/22/2007

We filter drinking water and ice cubes but not cooking water. I am picky about my ice cubes! Brita works for us.

Sep 16, 2021 - 8:05:22 AM
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rinemb

USA

13936 posts since 5/24/2005

quote:
Originally posted by eagleisland

The local water here is dismal and has been since I was a pup - it always reeks of chlorine, and there are some nasty chemicals in trace amounts in it due to the nearby military air base. Fine to bathe which, and not too bad for brushing teeth, but otherwise awful.

Yes, I use a Brita filter; it's primarily for coffee but I also use it for rice, cooking pasta, etc. My big gripe with Brita is that they don't make a glass carafe. Wish they did. In that I'm always heating the water that comes out of it, I don't refrigerate it - and I do have to scrub it out every week or so lest algae bloom in it.


Yep, would love a glass pitcher, as well.  Brad

Sep 16, 2021 - 8:08:50 AM
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rinemb

USA

13936 posts since 5/24/2005

quote:
Originally posted by banjo bill-e

We filter drinking water and ice cubes but not cooking water. I am picky about my ice cubes! Brita works for us.


I make the 2" ice cubes for on the rock toddy, sip of whiskey now and then.  I want to make clear cubes so they don't melt as fast and look nicer.  Tried the tricks of boiling the water to get gas out of it, but still have patches of cloudy.  No room in my freezer to put tray in a cooler of water.  

Do you make clear cubes? If so, how?  Brad

Sep 16, 2021 - 8:09:44 AM

74965 posts since 5/9/2007

I use an in-line canister filter right after the X-Trol tank.Water test showed a tad of iron.Small number,but I decided to put in this WalMart filter.Good ground water here and I'd drink straight from the well (10 gal. @ 100') and not worry.
The land here is 4' of gravel to clay to granite.Good natural filtering with nothing to do with chemical contamination and a spring-fed wetland down back.

The taste of this water is excellent according to all that have drank it.

Sep 16, 2021 - 8:19:28 AM
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rinemb

USA

13936 posts since 5/24/2005

quote:
Originally posted by steve davis

I use an in-line canister filter right after the X-Trol tank.Water test showed a tad of iron.Small number,but I decided to put in this WalMart filter.Good ground water here and I'd drink straight from the well (10 gal. @ 100') and not worry.
The land here is 4' of gravel to clay to granite.Good natural filtering with nothing to do with chemical contamination and a spring-fed wetland down back.

The taste of this water is excellent according to all that have drank it.


Not much better than "terroir" water.  Sounds like your minerality would make a mighty fine water.  Or wine.  Brad

Sep 16, 2021 - 8:23:15 AM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

26397 posts since 8/3/2003

I also have well water and it's extremely hard. I have a commercial type water softener but it doesn't take out all the minerals, just some of them. I don't mind the taste (I'm used to it), but other people seem to think it tastes "funny", so I have a Brita water pitcher and use it for company, coffee and tea. Tap water is fine for cooking and cleaning.

Sep 16, 2021 - 8:23:22 AM

74965 posts since 5/9/2007

It's been suggested I drill another well and market that water.

Sep 16, 2021 - 9:29:55 AM
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rinemb

USA

13936 posts since 5/24/2005

quote:
Originally posted by steve davis

It's been suggested I drill another well and market that water.


Well., if the Fed or local rules are reasonable on bottling water for sale, and sell to the tourists...use glass bottles-they would love it.  Folks surely would be willing to pay for "green" glass instead of plastic and drink the local stuff.  If that trade is good for beer, it ought be good for water, eh.  Brad

Sep 16, 2021 - 9:42:14 AM

Brian T

Canada

18708 posts since 6/5/2008

Straight from the tap. High mountain snow melt. I can point to the specific mountain drainage
from my kitchen window as I fill the kettle for a press coffee.

We have the common municipal water treatment facility ( UV & Chlorine), a legal thing.
Any water that I might hold in a bottle or jug for 30 minutes will be as sweet as can be.

Sep 16, 2021 - 10:42:22 AM

Owen

Canada

9578 posts since 6/5/2011

I've never lived in a place with undrinkable water and the places I've traveled through with undrinkable municipal water are relatively rare.  I kinda look at it like hospital food... if you're well enough to complain, you probably needn't be there. 

Having said that, we do have a charcoal (?) filter [marketed as a "taste" filter] on a separate cold water line to a tap at the kitchen sink.......  I contend that it's mainly for my wife's psychological benefit..... and as y'all know: Happy wife; happy life!

Sep 16, 2021 - 11:34:09 AM

2317 posts since 1/16/2010

I've got a long list of things that I disagree with or dislike about the state of Washington to-day....but the drinking water aint one of 'em! Some of the cleanest and best tasting water in the country. It's all high alpine snow melt, runs down the Cedar River and is the main supply for Seattle. Never mind that there is a superfund site on the river 5 miles away from my house...where Boeing was dumping toxic waste for 30 years out in the woods. And all the coal mine waste in the area super close to the river.

I know it's cleaned very well by the water district folks, but still...with the site nearby and the chlorine and fluoride in the water...I have a Propur/Pro One countertop gravity water filter. You can dump muddy pond water in this thing and it will come out clear and clean...and it's affordable. Not as good as an undersink operation, but gets the job done, and meets NSF-42 & 53 water testing criteria, which is the most restrictive, which I'm not sure that the Brita does.

Sep 16, 2021 - 11:45:39 AM

Buddur

USA

3081 posts since 10/23/2004

If i mentioned how good my groundwater is...Nestle or any other bottled water provided will buy up all the land around me and suck the water from my well.

Then charge y'all 1000x the cost of production.

Sep 16, 2021 - 12:07:54 PM
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rinemb

USA

13936 posts since 5/24/2005

I use a water bottle with the Lifestraw filter in it, at my office. The buildings pipes are ancient and water tastes bad. Brad

Sep 16, 2021 - 12:29 PM

RonR

USA

1869 posts since 11/29/2012

My daughter gave us a Berkey water filter. We fill every day and use it for iced tea and coffee. I think our water quality is good to begin with, it has never killed the fish when I top off the pond.

Sep 16, 2021 - 12:31:24 PM

Brian T

Canada

18708 posts since 6/5/2008

"Whatever you do, don't drink the tap water at work." Where have I heard that before?

I recycle the 500ml single use water bottles. Probably refilled them nearly 20X by now.
Half a dozen here and there in the house for convenience and it is.

Sep 16, 2021 - 1:12:04 PM
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DC5

USA

20412 posts since 6/30/2015

We have a well and the water tastes fine. The water is hard, and acidic, so in 30 years I started getting pin holes in the copper pipe. We priced getting a Ph conditioner, which would also require a water softener because raising the Ph would also raise the hardness level to above allowable limits. The softener was a reverse osmosis system, and you can no longer flush them into the existing septic tank, so I would have needed to install a dry well, or another septic tank just for the effluent from the water softener. All and all the cost was going to be around $10,000-12,000 to get the system installed, and the damage to the pipes would slow, but a lot had already happened. My wife did the math, and realized that we could replace all the copper pipes for less than that, and in 30 years it would be someone elses problem. In the course of having the pipes replaced we found out that the original plumber cut corners and used thinner copper than the new stuff we were having installed.
I have a canister sediment filter, that only gets dirty when the well is low, and a carbon filter for the ice maker. I'm happy with our water as the taste is very good, though I do have to clean the coffee maker more than I would like to due to the hardness. Our well does go dry during very dry summers, but if we are careful we always have enough water for household needs.

I think everyone should have a well and a septic system. Makes you really aware of how much water you use, and what gets sent down the drain.

Brian, FWIW, one of the students at my son's high school did a science fair project on refilling single use plastic bottles. I was amazed, and grossed out, by the bacteria levels that build up. I no longer refill plastic bottles, unless I am drinking the water right away. I use a stainless steel water bottle instead.

Sep 16, 2021 - 1:22:26 PM

Brian T

Canada

18708 posts since 6/5/2008

Brian, FWIW, one of the students at my son's high school did a science fair project on refilling single use plastic bottles. I was amazed, and grossed out, by the bacteria levels that build up. I no longer refill plastic bottles, unless I am drinking the water right away. I use a stainless steel water bottle instead.

Thanks for the info.  I couldn't see that the 500's were any different from the 2 gal and 5 gal water cans that I often keep in the back of the Burb in summers.  I never drink out of them. Instead, I pour that water into a travel mug that has a hospital bent straw.  That way, I'm not sharing water with Heidi-cat.

Sep 16, 2021 - 1:25:35 PM

banjo bill-e

Tuvalu

11583 posts since 2/22/2007

Brad, I do use the 2" ice cube molds, essential for an Old Fashioned, but I'm not going to the trouble of getting clear ice. I don't have room in the freezer for those special boxes and they look like a hassle to use. But when my fridge dies, and it is old, I'm going to take a look at the LG model that makes clear globes.   like this one

Sep 16, 2021 - 1:48:48 PM

Brian T

Canada

18708 posts since 6/5/2008

bill-e: the material of the ice cube trays seems to have a lot to do with it.
The trays that came with my fridge made really brittle ice cubes which always shattered.
You got a handful of shaved ice, like it or not.

So just on a hunch, I bought 5 trays from the local hardware store.
I get 5 trays of solid ice, don't stick, almost air-free. Much to my amazement.

Sep 16, 2021 - 2:06:58 PM

dat

USA

31288 posts since 7/26/2006

We use a pur water pitcher, not as much for taste, but for health, my bride used to get kidney stones often, after many dollers and tests at the doctors office and hospital and the doctors wanted to bust them up over and over, someone told is about their experience with kidney stones, i think it’s been over 15 years now drinking and cooking with filtered water with no kidney stones

Sep 16, 2021 - 2:13:23 PM

582 posts since 5/22/2021

The best water is water that is uncontaminated by humans, like mountain springs deep in the forest (not behind a nuclear plant, garbage dump, etc..., obviously). Our water comes from a large reservoir in the Amish regions of Pennsylvania.

Try using Zero Water as a nice filter. They really are Top-quality for okay-prices.

Sep 16, 2021 - 2:21:09 PM

banjo bill-e

Tuvalu

11583 posts since 2/22/2007

We had a bad experience with Zero Water, it made our house stink like fish! I had to throw out all of my ice trays because we could NOT get the stink out. It turns out that their filters are fine with some water conditions but grow a weird fungus in other conditions, and that fungus stinks like fish. If you google "zero water fish stink" you will get a lot of hits.

The Berkey is in a whole other class from Brita and the like, and the price reflects that. Supposedly you can make ditch water potable with those things.

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