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post #1 of 23
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I've never filtered my water, and in fact, I have always found it to be pretty silly. the water in the bay area is generally really good, and in San Francisco it is supposed to be some of the best in the country. Furthermore, I think water is water, and I have absolutely no preference in bottled water brands other than not really liking coca-cola in general. I also think it's absurd the resources it takes to bottle and ship water overseas from exotic locations.

But I just moved across the bay, and discovered that the water here is chlorinated. I also live in a ghetto old house, and I can only imagine what the pipes look like.

Can anyone recommend a good cheap system? I have a PUR pitcher, but want something to go on the faucet. I was looking at these two:

PUR FM-9400. It's 35$, hooks onto the faucet, seems to filter out 99% of chlorine, lead, etc.

Aquasana AQ-4000. 100$, but seems to filter out more, maybe it's more durable. Their website is just a bunch of hype, so I'm not really sure.

Just so you know, I'm looking for a full bodied water, but not boomy, it has to have nice crisp texture, with lots of liquidity and watery-ness...
post #2 of 23
NYC has, by far, the best tasting water on the planet. <3 the Manhattan municipal supply!!!

The PUR is a fantastic faucet-connect filter. However, my favorite pitcher is the Brita line.
post #3 of 23
in the uk i think is 3 grades of water, the 'rural' water in wales (etc) is soft & frothy, tiny hint of metals, possibly from the pipes, i don't know

strongly treated water, taste of fouride / chlorine / graphite

heavily recycled water (london, etc), treated as above but recycled more times

i fall in the middle category, it's not bad in winter when mains water is colder. but i can taste the chemicals so i filter it. it just means i can keep the jug in the fridge & have it cold all the time.
post #4 of 23
I'm interested in high-quality water filters that give you as close to 100% pure as possible. I think that what is considered "acceptable" is lower than what I would consider ideal.
post #5 of 23
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Originally Posted by rhythmdevils View Post
I've never filtered my water, and in fact, I have always found it to be pretty silly. the water in the bay area is generally really good, and in San Francisco it is supposed to be some of the best in the country. Furthermore, I think water is water, and I have absolutely no preference in bottled water brands other than not really liking coca-cola in general. I also think it's absurd the resources it takes to bottle and ship water overseas from exotic locations.

But I just moved across the bay, and discovered that the water here is chlorinated. I also live in a ghetto old house, and I can only imagine what the pipes look like.

Can anyone recommend a good cheap system? I have a PUR pitcher, but want something to go on the faucet. I was looking at these two:

PUR FM-9400. It's 35$, hooks onto the faucet, seems to filter out 99% of chlorine, lead, etc.

Aquasana AQ-4000. 100$, but seems to filter out more, maybe it's more durable. Their website is just a bunch of hype, so I'm not really sure.

Just so you know, I'm looking for a full bodied water, but not boomy, it has to have nice crisp texture, with lots of liquidity and watery-ness...
I'd skip the PUR faucet filters. We bought one a couple months ago, and only half way through the second cartridge, the locking ring sprays water all over the kitchen. My wife did some research, and found numerous complaints about these things leaking. Proctor and Gamble were nice when she called them. They're sending up a coupon for any new PUR filter, as well as a different locking ring that they said might work better, but I'm looking for a different brand.

(Note: The one we bought was not that exact model, but the FM-9400 also has numerous complaints about leaking.)
post #6 of 23
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yeah, there's even a video up in an amazon review showing the leakage. Weak!
post #7 of 23
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Im most concerned about Chlorine that they put in the water, because I'm sure that is a really bad idea to drink low doses of something that kills living cells. Considering a huge percentage of our bodies's cells are not human, but beneficial bacteria, etc.

Also lead is of course not so hot. I could test for it, but the test itself would cost as much as a nice filter.

Then there's the very low amounts of thousands of pharmaceuticals that are showing up in water supplies. If you're water is recycled, or from a water source that gets recycled water, you could be drinking low doeses of thousands of pharmaceuticals. uppers, downers, anti-depressants, pain drugs, etc. The water here is from the mountains, so I'm cool, but I imagine this is going to be a real problem at some point.
post #8 of 23
Agreed. We don't want the commies stealing our bodily fluids.
post #9 of 23
I like you already, DanielCox.
post #10 of 23
I've tried both the PUR and the Brita filters that fit on the faucet. It was alright for a while, beats buying bottled water in plastic. But after a while they both seem to break, don't know if it was from abuse or not. I now get water from a water store ($.30 a gallon), I just fill up two 5 gal bottles and a 3 gal bottle and I'm good to go. Oh and I have one of those MSR SweetWater Purifier System for wildernesss/outdoor use, but I don't use it too often.
post #11 of 23
remember the vladimir vodka filtration experiment with brita filters ?
Oh My God It Burns!
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by DanielCox View Post
Agreed. We don't want the commies stealing our bodily fluids.
is there a way to filter them out? I'm pretty sure there's one looking at me right now, and I don't like it.
post #13 of 23
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Originally Posted by beerguy0 View Post
I'd skip the PUR faucet filters. We bought one a couple months ago, and only half way through the second cartridge, the locking ring sprays water all over the kitchen. My wife did some research, and found numerous complaints about these things leaking. Proctor and Gamble were nice when she called them. They're sending up a coupon for any new PUR filter, as well as a different locking ring that they said might work better, but I'm looking for a different brand.

(Note: The one we bought was not that exact model, but the FM-9400 also has numerous complaints about leaking.)
I had a vertical mount one that just fell apart after about 6 months or so and I replaced it with the horizontal mount (FM-9400). I had that one for at least a year and never had any problems with it. Seems like a total crapshoot.
post #14 of 23
my suggestion is to just buy the 1 gallon jugs of DISTILLED water at your grocery store / Target / etc .
pure H2O ... no chlorine ... no lead ... no nothin' and a nice sweet taste to it ....
lowers blood pressure and detoxifies the body very efficiently ..

it's all I drink .
post #15 of 23
I won't buy water in plastic containers.. think of the enviromnent. and..

Is it better?

Brita FTW imho
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