In this post, we explain why we are so concerned about water purity, how our concerns initially arose and what do we do to solve the problem.
We all know, at least on some deep unconscious level, that water from the tap is not really that safe to drink.
Are chemicals such as chlorine and fluoride, which are added to tap water, really safe? Is the water filtered well enough before it reaches our tap? Are the pipes completely free from corrosion?
We all seek ways to access clean, potable water that is free from both bacteria and chemicals. And it is because of such doubts that the bottled water industry is on the rise today.
However, in what do we store all this potentially clean water?
Why we do not buy bottled water
The plastic bottles, in which most of the bottled water we buy is stored, are made out of PET plastic.
PET plastic is generally regarded to be safe for one-time usage. However, there is evidence that PET bottles can leach toxins such as phthalates into the water.
In the case of bottled water, the plastic bottles house our precious clean water for months before we buy it. Time, during which water can potentially absorb much of those toxins.
Further, plastic bottles, while being transported to supermarkets, could get exposed to heat and squashed numerous times. And heat and structural damage ease the transfer of toxins from the plastic into the water.
Of course, it is inevitable that while we are on the go, bottled water is in many cases the only source of clean water. Yet, we believe that we should find better sources of clean water in the environments where we spend most of the time – our home and workplaces.
Towards cleaner water at ᴏᴜʀ home
For the most part of the last decade, we, personally, have been avoiding bottled water.
Initially, we looked for alternatives to carrying bottles with water home due to practical reason. The bottles are bulky, heavy and we needed to resupply them quite often.
Initially, we switched for a plastic water filtration jug.
It was more practical and the quality of the water seemed good enough. We knew that the pitcher was made out of plastic and there had to be a healthier option. However, because it was made of a higher-end plastic and the water did not stay for long periods of time in it, we kept procrastinating on finding an alternative solution.
We kept using the pitcher until Venny started to take medication about her hypothyroid condition first thing in the morning. Because she needed to take the pill so early, we were preparing a glass of filtered water from the night before. We noticed that in the morning the filtered water, even when stored in a covered glass, would have an unpleasant, ‘plasticky’ smell.
That is why we went researching if there was not a better alternative to the plastic pitcher. We decided that an under the counter water filtration system works best for us (read more).
It filters the water ‘live’, without storing it in plastic containers and the filter does not allow bacteria and/or chemicals, such as BPA, through.
Ever since we are using this system, water, kept in glass, has no smell nor does it change its taste, no matter how long it has been stored.
Clean water on the go
Our water filtration system has one main, obvious flaw – we cannot take it on the go.
What we can do is take glass bottles, filled with filtered water with us. It is better for so many reasons:
- since we have the quality water filtration system, the water in the glass bottles stays clean and odor-free for days;
- the water is not stored in plastic;
- it is more environmentally friendly;
The main drawback is that we need to have the bottles prepared. This means that we have to think ahead how much water will we need and actually carry them there and back again.
Honestly, in the beginning, we found these ‘complications’ a bit annoying. Yet it is the same as when we started to use reusable grocery bags – we get used to it. Today we hate buying plastic bags. And now, bottled water too.
Water at the workplace
Most offices today have water dispensers, which are ‘fed’ with water from plastic bottles. If that was not enough, have you noticed that many times these bottles are transported in open trucks, exposed to direct sunlight and heat?
What we would do to obtain the most toxin-free water at our workplace is the following:
- bring water from home in glass bottles;
- buy water in glass bottles;
- a water dispenser, which filters tap water instead of using bottled water;
- if you are in an office, where you can install a water filter, you can go for a faucet filter such as this one or this one;
- if you cannot, go for a glass filtration jug;
- as a last resort, get a bottle with a built-in filter such as this;
What if the water at the tap is too dirty?
Generally, carbon filters are good enough to purify the water extremely well. However, if you believe that the quality of the tap water you are being supplied is very bad, then you might want to consider a reverse osmosis water filtration.
The reverse osmosis method filters everything else but the water molecules, even elements, vital to human health such as magnesium. In this way, you can get pure water even from bad water sources.
The filtration is deemed to be so good, that most higher quality filtration systems (such as this one) include a special cartridge, which remineralizes the water.
The upfront price of a water filtration system may seem steep for many. Initially, it did for us too.
When we considered the capacity of the system we chose, however, it became clear that it is actually a lot more economical. For the ~$100, we got 8,000 liters/2,100 US gallons water filtration capacity. This amount is more than what we consume in a year and certainly a lot less expensive than buying it in bottles.
The large capacity also allows us to use the water in areas, where we wouldn’t have used it before such as our steam iron/coffee machine, for example. Filtered water is soft so the pipes stay clean, which makes such appliances maintenance free.
What is your preferred way to get the cleanest water possible?