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Old 12-30-2010, 01:51 PM   #21
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Not cloudy but not a hot taste. My main concern is those unseen, unknown pollutants that cause cancer and other ugly things as I understand that water in my area is not the best. I don't want to start growing extra arms and legs..haha!
Welcome to PHX! The water here doesn't taste that good, but the upside is you can pan for gold turquoise in the sediment filter...

We buy 5-gallon bottled water for drinking only; use the filter on the refrigerator for cooking, etc.
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Old 12-30-2010, 02:02 PM   #22
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We use an under sink mounted RO with 3 stage charcoal filter. A bit initially pricey but maintenance is very low. At our other house, when our children were young, we had a house salt exchanger and RO 3 stage in the kitchen. The salt exchanger was a costly maintenance pain.
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We use an under sink mounted RO with 3 stage charcoal filter. A bit initially pricey but maintenance is very low. At our other house, when our children were young, we had a house salt exchanger and RO 3 stage in the kitchen. The salt exchanger was a costly maintenance pain.
The "salt exchanger" would be needed for hard water. You can scale an RO just like a teakettle.
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Orchidflower, it sounds like a basic carbon taste and odor filter will probably do it for you. Make sure the filtration is fine enough (sub 1 micron) to take out all the nasties. That, by the way, is the main problem with the Brita and other pitcher water filters: they remove chlorine and many off tastes and aromas, but offer only very coarse particulate protection and don't remove any number of chemicals or bacteria (that may or may not - chances are not) be in your water.

If your total hardness is above about 9 grains you may need or want softening, and any sediment issues requiring a pre-filter will be self-evident. As I and others have said, do a basic test and spend the least you reasonably can to meet your needs. Municipalities everywhere we've lived are required by law to provide water test results, but as others have said these are just very rough snapshots and no city takes any responsibility for what are considered "cosmetic" issues: hardness, sediment, off tastes and odors, chlorine, etc. I wouldn't drink even the best U.S. tap water (e.g. San Francisco, New York) without running it through a carbon filter.
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If you do get a carbon filter, be sure to change it regularly (most mfgrs recommend every 6 months, sooner if the flow rate drops). They can become breeding grounds for bacteria (remember, you're taking out the chlorine that the city put into it to keep the nasties from growing). It's possible to end up with water that is considerably less safe than what you started with if the filter isn't changed conscientiously.

The city should give you a complete report of what has been found in the water, and if there really are substances of concern they'll be required to test it (and publish the results) frequently. US tap water is subject to more inspections and checks than the bottled drinking water that is sold in stores, and has little/none of the plastic stuff that the bottles leach into the water.
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Orchidflower, looks like they identified the source of your unpleasant water taste...

Tempe Canal body found by person taking morning walk
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Not cloudy but not a hot taste. My main concern is those unseen, unknown pollutants that cause cancer and other ugly things as I understand that water in my area is not the best. I don't want to start growing extra arms and legs..haha!
I don't know, I always thought an extra hand growing out of my elbow would be really useful for unlocking and opening doors when I've got my hands full of groceries or whatever.
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