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My coffee and water would taste better without chemicals and plastic...

I want to: 1) Try to cut plastic out of my life, at least in coming into contact with beverages I consume. 2) Get my own coffeemaker for my house that doesn't have plastic. 3) Find a solution for drinking water that a) doesn't come in plastic or b) is filtered properly. My city has elevated levels of hexavalent chromium (or chromium 6, the stuff from Erin Brockovich) and Pur faucet filters or even Brita pitchers can't filter that out. [more inside]
posted by AppleTurnover on Mar 1, 2014 - 25 answers

Does black carbon silt coming from the filter in my ZeroWater pitcher co

Does black carbon silt coming from the filter in my ZeroWater pitcher contain any of the stuff it filtered out? [more inside]
posted by vash on Nov 22, 2013 - 1 answer

What is the best faucet-mounted water filter?

What brand/model of faucet-mounted water filter works best? [more inside]
posted by dhens on Jun 22, 2013 - 7 answers

Need sensible criteria to choose a new filtered water solution.

We were kinda-sorta thinking about getting an undersink RO system, but now it has escalated, not to "urgent", but to "let's get this thing done". [more inside]
posted by vignettist on Jun 21, 2013 - 10 answers

Ack! Help me figure out what kind of water to drink at home.

I am totally overwhelmed trying to figure out what water (tap, bottled, filter, RO, etc.) to drink at home at this point. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by semacd on Mar 12, 2013 - 25 answers

Starbucks water at home

1. How exactly does Starbucks treat their water? I've seen references to "famous triple-filtered" and "reverse osmosis" but nothing definitive or comprehensive. 2. Can this process be duplicated at home? If so, how? 3. Objectively, how is water that has gone through that process different from tap water or bottled water? 4. Subjectively, how would you describe the taste and mouthfeel if you wanted to say that I want water that is.... To me it feels both cleaner and more minerally, somehow fuller, maybe more alkaline? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Oct 9, 2012 - 14 answers

Filter blues.

Need to change an Everpure H-300-HSD filter cartridge. The model number on the cartridge is 9720-75. How important is this number? Ordering direct from the Everpure site seems to get me a generic 300-HSD filter, and I'm finding -74 and -76 and -72 and so on models with a price difference of twenty+ dollars on other sites such as Amazon. If I'm off a number is that likely to not work at all?
posted by curious nu on Jul 10, 2012 - 0 answers

How do I make a water filter for my crock?

How to make my own water filter? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on May 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Need RO filter

Do you own a good countertop reverse osmosis water filter? Help me get one that's not made of pvc. [more inside]
posted by bobbyno on Feb 7, 2012 - 5 answers

Ectoplasm? Algae? Nanobot sheddings?

Why does my fridge's filtered water taste ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE but only at certain times of day? [more inside]
posted by Nattie on Dec 8, 2011 - 8 answers

Energy required to turn seawater into drinking water

Assuming an island with its own supply of power via generator and/or solar power, how much electricity is consumed to turn N liters of sea water into potable drinking water? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Jul 27, 2011 - 11 answers

Drinking water: Is it clean? How clean is clean? How clean is too clean?

So, I'm thinking about getting a reverse osmosis water filter for my kitchen sink but have some questions. Is revese osmosis the appropriate technology to address my concerns? Is demineralized water safe, especially for children? Can you recommend a particular filter or brand? [more inside]
posted by nequalsone on Jun 9, 2011 - 7 answers

Why is there "sand" in the pipes?

Plumbing puzzle: my neighbor has what looks like find sand which collects in her *hot water* eventually clogging metal screens on faucets, etc. The obvious answer is that this is some sort of mineral precipitate as the system has been flushed several times and a filter installed on the water coming into the house. What is causing this precipitate in the hot water and why doesn't this happen with my hot water which is the same town water on the same street (same pipes) that is going into her house? [more inside]
posted by ennui.bz on Oct 11, 2010 - 10 answers

How do I build a recycling shower?

Calling water purification gurus! Help me with an off-the-grid water recyclin' shower! [more inside]
posted by cr_joe on May 7, 2010 - 6 answers

Best water filter?

Can anyone recommend a counter top faucet-attached Water Filter? [more inside]
posted by Liquidwolf on Jan 5, 2010 - 8 answers

What risks does drinking LA tap water pose?

What risks does drinking LA tap water pose? ? Should I be using a filter? [more inside]
posted by Jenna Roadman on Sep 19, 2009 - 17 answers

Hot Tub Water Filter

There is fine iron sediment in my well water. My hot tub has a water circulating system that cannot tolerate filter blockage. [more inside]
posted by Raybun on Mar 9, 2009 - 7 answers

Should water that's been distilled through reverse osmosis taste this nasty?

My workplace has a reverse osmosis water filter that produces a beverage tasting nothing short of pure evil. Why might this be? [more inside]
posted by springbound on Dec 16, 2008 - 10 answers

Berkey water filters?

Water filterFilter: I'm looking at purchasing a Berkey Light Water filter. This would be intended for both daily use and also to have on hand in case a hurricane or some other disaster knocks out the municipal water supply and we need to scoop drinking water out of a stream. Does anyone have experience with the Berkey filters? How is the taste compared to mainstream filters like Pur or Brita? Do they look odd in your kitchen or are they an attractive fixture? Any other thoughts or brand suggestions, random or otherwise, on this are welcome.
posted by Burhanistan on Apr 23, 2008 - 7 answers

Yes, I know plastic is safe. Really.

Are there water filtration systems with no plastic anywhere in the water's path?
posted by Skorgu on Apr 20, 2008 - 5 answers

Why does my tea taste funny?

Some, but not all, cups of tea made with my Brita water filter kettle are tasteless and undrinkable. Why? [more inside]
posted by satellitebadger on Nov 19, 2007 - 16 answers

Britafilter

Here's another question about Brita Water Filters. Presumably the efficiciency of the cartridges is affected by the amount of water they filter as well as the length of time they are in place? In which case, how many litres would one cartridge safely cope with? And is there really a maximum time required before changing it?
posted by ikp on Sep 30, 2007 - 10 answers

Where should we install our water filter?

We got a new under the sink water filter and are trying to decide where to put it. Our stainless steel sink is set into the granite, so no free holes to sneak the faucet into - we'll have to drill a hole in the granite. Where on the granite do we install it? [more inside]
posted by steve.wdc on Jul 19, 2007 - 4 answers

My tap water tastes flat

Can I make my tap water better, or is it time to get bottled water delivery? [more inside]
posted by SampleSize on Jun 25, 2007 - 9 answers

Looking for a water filter

Please recommend a plumbed-in water filter. [more inside]
posted by harmfulray on Sep 19, 2006 - 8 answers

Should I believe my refrigerator?

Should I believe my refrigerator? I have a refrigerator with a water tap and ice maker. It has a filter that costs about $50 to replace. The filter directions say to do so at least every six months. And a light saying it's time to replace it comes on in about six months. [more inside]
posted by rabbus on Sep 9, 2006 - 7 answers

WaterFilter: How do you like your faucet-mounted filtration device?

How do you like your faucet-mounted water filter? [more inside]
posted by Songdog on Aug 24, 2006 - 27 answers

I killed a man on the Mexican border...

NYC: Should I drink the water? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Jan 8, 2006 - 39 answers

Waterfilter: Help me understand water purification

WaterFilter: I'm looking into water purification devices. I'm mostly trying to understand what might help with various kinds of contamination threats: What would I buy to safely drink from a mountain stream? Is there anything that can help with chemically poisoned waters if one were, say, trapped in New Orleans by Katrina? Radioactive fallout contamination? [more inside]
posted by namespan on Nov 24, 2005 - 11 answers

How does a Brita filter work?

Brita filters: How do they work? There is much information about the fact that you need to keep the filter (partially comprised of activated charcoal, from what I can gather) in contact with water at all times. How does activated charcoal actually filter impurities? [More Inside] [more inside]
posted by fionab on Apr 18, 2004 - 8 answers

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