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Old 01-31-2012, 06:44 PM   #21
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I am on a well and I have so much iron in my water if I dropped a glass of water on your foot it would break it, ok that's a bit over the top but it is very high.

I have a water softener and it does an amazing job of cleaning up the water, if you saw the water from an outside faucet you'd think it came from a swamp! But despite the softener that removes just about all the sediment and iron my water still has a bit of a rusty taste.

In October I bought a Brita water pitcher (holds a little more than 1 liter) with an activated charcoal filter. I store water in different rooms and the iron collects at the base of the clear 1 liter seltzer bottle in a week but with this filtered water it's been since October and the bottles are still clear! The filter needs to be replaced every 8 weeks or 120 gallons of water. The filters are cheap, about $6 for a single or a 3 pack is about $14. The pitcher cost is around $28 or $32 with a filter but I got it on sale for $23.

My only complaint is I did not check into this years ago.

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Old 01-31-2012, 08:59 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by easysurfer View Post
My preference is the pitcher type that you just refill the pitcher with cold water as needed. You can easily pick them up at local stores (grocery stores, Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy, Walmart, etc.). Many times, when you buy the orginal pitcher, a filter is included. Each filter, the manufacturers say last about 40 gallons. I usually forget to change it and use a filter for much more than 40 gallons and they still seem to work fine.

As for which brand, I think they pretty much all do an effective job (Brita, Pur, Culligan) but I stick with Brita as the refills seem the most available (some refills claim universal fitting, but it's easier for me to just stick with Brita instead of testing the fit).

One more thing, I actually have two pitchers (same filter size). A larger one when at home, and a smaller one when away at a hotel for a few days (I hate the rusty taste of the water in some hotels).

Some ideas:

Brita Slim Water Pitcher - Brita Everyday Pitcher: Kitchen & Dining Brita 35503 Pitcher Replacement Water Filter Cartridges, 3-Pack: Kitchen & Dining

p.s. I don't use the filtered water for cooking for making Kool-aid, ice tea. As the flouride in the water is good for the teeth. I use the pitchers to filter out the taste of tap water.
Good Brita prices at Costco, if you happen to be a member. We have both a pitcher and a larger counter container. FL water smells and tastes bad!

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