All the Water That’s Fit to Filter

Water Filter

Drinking problem: Pitchers, like the ubiquitous Brita, may seem like an inexpensive solution, but they’ll end up draining your wallet thanks to all of the replacement filters you’ll have to buy. Plus, they just don’t work as well as under-the-sink and countertop devices. (ARAMULTIMÈDIA via Flickr)

We touched on the subject of water filters a bit in an earlier post on how to save money. We’re going to briefly revisit that entry, which compared the relative merits (and pricing) of under-the-sink water filters and pitcher filters. As you’ll note, this time they’ve also added countertop filters to their rankings.

This is all good information, but for this blog we’ll focus on the benefits of drinking filtered water.

Ideally, water shouldn’t have a taste. It should be pure, like one of those old beer commercials touting the purity of the company’s brew, comparing it to a flowing mountain stream.

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I know, I know, odd reference, but you remember those commercials (I’m aging myself again), or how about the one where the cowboy stores his six-pack in the pristine, cold stream for drinking after a hard day on the ranch? Ah, yes. Water should taste as good as that water looks.

Deducing from the above site, it would seem that most under-the-sink and countertop water filters eliminate metals, asbestos, chlorine and VOCS (volatile organic compounds. And yes, like you, I’ve known a few of those in my time as well, most of whom are probably still walking around). The pitchers, according to said site, don’t fair nearly as well.

Washington, D.C., water contains chlorine and fluoride, and at least to me, it always tasted pretty awful. So if you plan on drinking it, for that reason alone – taste – you should purchase some type of filter.

There is a lot of talk out there about fluoride concentrations and how it might affect your health. If you don’t want to sit through that near-feature-length film on the topic, check out British hottie Zoe Simpson’s quick take on the subject.

Keep in my mind many water filters don’t remove fluoride. But here’s one company whose filters proudly do. They say they’ve been selling these types of filters since 1999, but their site looks like it was made in 1998 … or before.

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Now, yes, with the fluoride stuff I’m delving into what some may consider conspiracy theory territory, but as a U.S. citizen blogger, this is my right. And don’t be so sure that the powers-that-be aren’t above slipping something else into our municipal water supply we don’t know about to make us more complacent to their devious ends. Do I believe they’re doing it now? Well, no. Could it happen one day? Yes.

Keep informed.

Finally, here is a short, informative video from Steve at on the benefits of drinking filtered water.

It comes down to this: If you rent an apartment in the city, you can either buy drinking water from the store or get some type of water filter. Decide which is right for you. Find your next apartment in the area with Apartment Showcase. 

Don’t thank me. Just keep reading.

Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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