I know, me too.
I’m not a fan of bottled water for many reasons. I try to avoid it where ever possible, but there are always a few places, like when inside the gate at the airport or other restricted places that you have no choice if you need a drink.
And I am blessed to live in a place that has some of the cleanest tap water that there is.
Now we can debate the merits of the filtered water till the cows come home but bottom line, for some reason, water just always tastes better when it is filtered and left in the fridge.
I myself have had a Britta water filter jug for years and very much enjoy it. Truth is, chlorine is a volatile gas and so when water is left sitting, filtered or not, it will dissipate. So probably just filling any jug and putting it in the fridge for a while will taste better than regular chlorinated tap water.
So do the filters help? Well I think so. They can filter out quite a few things and some they can’t.
But the one thing to remember, for them to work well, is to CHANGE them from time to time!!
The manufacturer suggests once a month. But they would, wouldn’t they? Cause they want you to buy more of them.
I am comfortable with using one for three months. But it will depend on the frequency of use.
But I admit, sometimes it can drag on much longer to six months or more!!
Perhaps we should use the same rule of thumb that we do for the battery in our smoke detectors. To at least change them every time we change the clocks!!
Another tell-tale hint that it is time to change them is when you start to get a weird coloured film inside the top of the jug where you put in the fresh water……that is never good…..but does go to show you that the filter is working!
And the whole bit about soaking the new filter for about an hour before using is actually true. I used to poo poo it and just shove it in and go. But when you do this, you will notice a layer of the black coal dust on the bottom of the “clean” water for a few days after. You don’t want that, so just soak the filter and then I always run one jug worth of water through it first, dump it out and then start using that water from there on.
I also have a smaller filter jug that I bring with us on road trips. As soon as we get into the hotel, I fill it up and we have drinking water instead of getting dinged from the mini bar or the vending machine.
But where ever you might use your filter jugs, it is important to keep them clean and maintained other wise you might as well just drink out of a puddle like your dog!
Water is such a precious and vital to life commodity. We really want to treat it right!