Water Series: Buying a Home Water Filtering System

by Almira on May 20, 2011 · 0 comments

Upon waking each morning, the first thing I reach for is a tall glass of clean, delectable water. That luxury has become more apparent as of late. Within the past month, the husband and I purchased some poor-quality “reverse osmosis” water from 2 different water suppliers. The brands: Culligan and Cuzn. We’re not sure if we should be blaming the stores or the suppliers for not changing the water filters but the end result is the same—we returned home with our precious cargo only to find that it tasted like chlorine. Essentially we paid for 10 gallons of tap water at $0.39+ per gallon. Our resolve? Never worry about lugging our 5 gallon jugs of water to and from the grocery store. We’ve decided to buy a reverse osmosis home water filter system.

The Need For Pure Water

After this ordeal, along with having seen a few water documentaries, it has finally become a priority in our family to be as self-reliant as possible in the most economical way when it comes to our water. We plan on having water storage, a water filtering system, and utilizing rain harvesting containers for continuous water collecting.

What’s in Your Water?

EWG’s “What’s In Your Water?” Below you will find my local drinking water’s stats:

Local Drinking Water ContaminantsWater Contaminants Exceeding Health GuidelinesDetected Water ContaminantsWater Pollution Summary[image: EWG]

Needless to say, since humans are like the earth: 70% water, 30% solid, it seems important that we fuel our bodies with more than rocket-fuel, so I’m on the hunt for a good home reverse osmosis water filter system. I realize that some health gurus tout the qualities of the added step of Alkalizing the water by putting the purified water through an ionizing step and then using a Remineralizer to add minerals back to the water that have been lost in the filtering process; however, due to the extra expense this would create, I am currently simply on the market to have a dependable, clean, pollutant-free water source—those other additions are something I’ll need to research further before I plunk down hundreds of dollars more.

What type of water filter should you get?

See the Environment Working Group’s “Water Filter Guide” as well as National Geographic’s The Green Guide.

Why Buy A Home Water Filtering System

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Prices run anywhere from $150 (under the sink model) to the thousands (entire home water filtering system). I’m looking at the 5-stage ones from Watt’s in the $200 range only because they have the highest ratings on Amazon. Any recommendations?

Interesting Water Links:

Any suggestions for tried and true reverse osmosis home systems out there?

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