Do you filter your water at home?

Bignuf Bignuf
If you do, please share and thus help many others by listing what kind of filter you use, and if you are happy with it.

Thanks.

For example, in the comments you could write....

Brita Pitcher, Happy
Or
Pur Tap End Filter, Happy
or
Gorgonzola Brand Refrigerator filter, Water tastes terrible (cheesy)
or
Zero Water tub filter, Happy, water tastes great
or
Whole house reverse osmosis system, awesome, pure water.

ETC.
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
Rossie , Bignuf , Oriental husband and wife , Akira
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*Ashley* , KyotoAngel , icyqueen , js250 , That Man from Mars , Anne , tiny princey
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SaucyxGirl
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Total votes: 12 (12 voters)
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Rossie Rossie
We use the PuriClean II Refrigerator Water Filters - we get well-purified water that does not have any weird taste at all.
May 18, 6:34 pm
KyotoAngel KyotoAngel
This house isn't worth buying a filter for since we're going to be moving as soon as we can, but the tap water has far too much chlorine.
We tend to just buy powder drink mixes such as sugar free koolaide and Crystal Light (usually generic versions) to mix into it.

I think if we were to get a filter, it would probably be one of those neat ones that can make flavored water though.
I'd just be happy if it didn't taste like I was dunking my head in a swimming pool and chugging. xD
May 18, 11:15 pm
dv8 dv8
I use a system that involves a disposable paper filter and ground beans. The water ends up looking dirty brown but it tastes much better.
May 19, 3:00 am
SaucyxGirl SaucyxGirl
I clicked other because we currently don't filter since where we live right now the water doesn't have a taste to it. When we move back to the city we will filtering. When we lived there years back we did filter due to the nasty taste of of city water. I assume we use The Brita Pitcher like we did before.
May 19, 8:34 am
KyotoAngel KyotoAngel
Quote:
Originally posted by dv8
I use a system that involves a disposable paper filter and ground beans. The water ends up looking dirty brown but it tastes much better.
That actually sounds kind of fascinating and much more earth friendly than all those disposable brita style filters with their plastic casing. =3

I'll have to do a bit of googling to see if I can find a tutorial or something.
May 19, 10:11 am
charmedtomeetyou charmedtomeetyou
Quote:
Originally posted by dv8
I use a system that involves a disposable paper filter and ground beans. The water ends up looking dirty brown but it tastes much better.
and...I imagine heating it would help the filtering process as well...
May 19, 1:07 pm
js250 js250
No. I am on my own well and it is pure and has no minerals--a real bugger when I have to boil something!
May 19, 6:00 pm
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by KyotoAngel
This house isn't worth buying a filter for since we're going to be moving as soon as we can, but the tap water has far too much chlorine.
We tend to just buy powder drink mixes such as sugar free koolaide and Crystal Light (usually generic ... More
Get a Zero Water pitcher. That way you can take it with you, and it will remove all the nasty smells, tastes and chemicals from the water you drink and cook with. Brita makes a good filter for the tap and that just screws on, so you could take that with you too. Brita also makes a filter pitcher that works pretty good, but if your water really is that bad, go with Zero Water.

link
May 19, 6:09 pm
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by js250
No. I am on my own well and it is pure and has no minerals--a real bugger when I have to boil something!
Interesting. I know many people are shocked to find out their "pure" well water (especially in the country) is highly contaminated with pesticides, and even with petrochemical residue from all the farming chemicals, used for years, which have leached through the soil into whatever aquifer they are tapped into. Even if you think that water is pure, I would honestly find it worth sending a sample out for testing. You might be surprised.

link
May 19, 6:13 pm
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by dv8
I use a system that involves a disposable paper filter and ground beans. The water ends up looking dirty brown but it tastes much better.
It sounds like you have created a very crude version of a charcoal fiter, except....sorry..."dis posable paper filters" are chock full of chemicals that leach into the water!!!!

link

Furthermore, the "beans" can only be used once for this (sounds expensive), since they are organic and will quickly begin to "rot" and harbor mildew, mold and potentially bacterial growth. Not exactly what I want in my drinking water.
May 19, 6:17 pm
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by KyotoAngel
That actually sounds kind of fascinating and much more earth friendly than all those disposable brita style filters with their plastic casing. =3

I'll have to do a bit of googling to see if I can find a tutorial or something.
You have to remember the processing and chemicals that go into making the paper and the chemicals used to grow the beans!!!
May 19, 6:18 pm
KyotoAngel KyotoAngel
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
You have to remember the processing and chemicals that go into making the paper and the chemicals used to grow the beans!!!
Good point there...I remember seeing one of those My Strange Addiction episodes where the person was addicted to eating toilet paper. If it's on that show, it usually has to have bad health related consequences. Only thing I could think that might be sufficient are coffee filters...but given your point about the beans getting moldy, it probably isn't even worth all the effort for the amount of use you'd get from each set of beans.

Thank you for the links, by the way.
A pitcher one seems like the best way to go, since it doesn't rely on having to fit over the faucet.
(We had tried a faucet one quite a few years ago in one of the apartments we were living in but if I remember right, it didn't fit properly...it was kind of a dodgy building overall so that doesn't really surprise me.)
May 19, 7:39 pm
Oriental husband and wife Oriental husband and wife
Btita and our refrigerator has a filter also.Don't know the name of it and not going to pull it out to look. hee hee
May 19, 9:35 pm
Rossie Rossie
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
You have to remember the processing and chemicals that go into making the paper and the chemicals used to grow the beans!!!
Simple solution: brew the coffee using unbleached brown paper filters (or permanent gold-tone filters) and organic coffee beans.
May 21, 7:53 am
charmedtomeetyou charmedtomeetyou
was there a point in this exchange where people thought he meant beans other than coffee beans? like kidney beans or something? really?
May 21, 9:24 am
That Man from Mars That Man from Mars
I don't drink water unless it's in my coffee or something I bought, like a bottle of juice.
May 21, 11:19 am
Anne Anne
The only filtered water I drink is bottled water. Have been interested in trying out a filtered water device... if only i had the money.
May 21, 2:31 pm
Rossie Rossie
Quote:
Originally posted by charmedtomeetyou
was there a point in this exchange where people thought he meant beans other than coffee beans? like kidney beans or something? really?
Ummm...I'm not sure.
May 21, 2:40 pm
dv8 dv8
Quote:
Originally posted by Anne
The only filtered water I drink is bottled water. Have been interested in trying out a filtered water device... if only i had the money.
Um, using a Brita pitcher is much cheaper than buying bottled water.
May 21, 4:11 pm
dv8 dv8
Quote:
Originally posted by charmedtomeetyou
was there a point in this exchange where people thought he meant beans other than coffee beans? like kidney beans or something? really?
I think some people may have been eating too much Purina Peeve Chow.
May 21, 4:19 pm
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by KyotoAngel
Good point there...I remember seeing one of those My Strange Addiction episodes where the person was addicted to eating toilet paper. If it's on that show, it usually has to have bad health related consequences. Only thing I could think that ... More
When it comes to being "green", I really think the filter pitcher or a filter on the sink or fridge seems the way to go. Most of the filter is totally organic carbon. There may be some cotton floss in it too. Other then that, the housing is usually post consumer recycled plastic and is also recyclable. It helps keep lots of plastic bottles off the streets and out of landfills too.
May 21, 10:59 pm
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by Rossie
Simple solution: brew the coffee using unbleached brown paper filters (or permanent gold-tone filters) and organic coffee beans.
The best tasting coffee we have comes via a machine with a Gold...not gold tone (which is golden colored aluminum or steel), but "real" gold plated filter, which is totally non reactive to the acids in the coffee. It costs a few bucks more then "gold tone", but works and lasts forever.

link
May 21, 11:02 pm
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by dv8
I think some people may have been eating too much Purina Peeve Chow.
I am laughing so hard, I cannot pet my peeve...my hand is shaking too much.
May 21, 11:03 pm
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by dv8
Um, using a Brita pitcher is much cheaper than buying bottled water.
Oh yes indeed it is! I just got a Brita pitcher for sale at Target, where they were running a Buy One Get One sale, on top of the sales price!
May 21, 11:04 pm
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by Anne
The only filtered water I drink is bottled water. Have been interested in trying out a filtered water device... if only i had the money.
link

Here you see they cost less then $10...with FREE shipping. You would save tons of money in no time over the expensive "bottled water" you buy now. If you are short on cash, this is certainly a far, far better deal.
May 21, 11:06 pm
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by Rossie
Ummm...I'm not sure.
Oh my...I totally missed the joke. Silly, SILLY me. "Water comes out brown". I was just too focused on the topic to get the joke, and as a big coffee drinker, how on earth did I miss that???
May 21, 11:08 pm
KyotoAngel KyotoAngel
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
Oh my...I totally missed the joke. Silly, SILLY me. "Water comes out brown". I was just too focused on the topic to get the joke, and as a big coffee drinker, how on earth did I miss that???
x'D Joining the club here...I didn't even realize that was supposed to be a joke.
Though it -is- a rather good one, I suppose.

Also...coffee...*_*
I've pretty much switched to decaf (caffeine+me being anxiety prone = panic attacks...usually around bedtime) but it just isn't the same.
May 22, 12:10 am
Sincerely Yours, N Sincerely Yours, N
I used to have a fancy filtering water pitcher, only to get annoyed at the plastic taste the water in it had (since it was plastic). I just boil my water and keep some silver object in it.
May 22, 10:21 am
js250 js250
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
Interesting. I know many people are shocked to find out their "pure" well water (especially in the country) is highly contaminated with pesticides, and even with petrochemical residue from all the farming chemicals, used for years, which ... More
I do, twice per year. I am very picky about our well water. We also have a very deep well that has a lot of GPM (gallons per minute).
May 22, 4:18 pm
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