Tap Water Convert

Well, we did it.  We fired Arrowhead Spring Water and we researched, purchased and installed our new Reverse Osmosis (RO) Water Filtration System.  Why didn’t we do this sooner?  We haven’t purchased personal-sized water bottles in a couple of years since we bought our Sigg reusable water bottles – BUT – we were filling those up with water that was delivered to us monthly from Arrowhead Springs in 5 gallon polycarbonate (#7) bottles, containing Bisphenol-A (BPA). And, we all know by now that BPA is bad for us, even if the chemical industry and trade association try to convince us otherwise!

I kept reading how American tap water is some of the safest drinking water in the world – and that’s probably true.  But, I wasn’t willing to expose my family to fluoride and prescription medications that routinely turn up in America’s tap water by drinking straight from our tap.  So, in an effort to save money in the long term, improve our health by avoiding BPA and do our part for the planet, we decided to “Filter For Good“.  We went with a high flow 5-stage system by APEC Water Systems. It came with a digital TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) meter for testing water quality. It tells you just how well your system works by testing how many parts per million of total dissolved solids – or contaminants – show up in your water.

This is what blew me away:

Marin County Municipal Water:  187 ppm

Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water:  73 ppm

Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System:  20 ppm

Gray Water Removed From System:  213 ppm

Again, I ask myself, “why didn’t we do this sooner!?” At first, I was concerned with the waste water created from the filtering process, but then remembered reading how much waste is created just to bottle water!  This excerpt was taken from Treehugger: “One liter of bottled water requires two thousand times more energy to produce than one liter of tap water. Last year (2008), 32-54 million barrels of oil went to creating bottles for water.”

Converting to filtered tap water is definitely the safest, most economical and earth-friendly solution for drinking clean, safe water.  The investment up front ran us $411.19.  That amount is close to what we paid yearly to have water delivered to our home!  Now, we have one less bill, less clutter in the kitchen and SAFER water to drink.

Once we purchase a home, I want a whole house system. I don’t want to water my garden with unfiltered water or my tomatoes will be too high in fluoride, but low in cholesterol – not just naturally – but because of statin drugs!

I want to hear from you.  Has anyone else kicked the bottled water habit and converted to free tap water?  What are your thoughts on reusable water bottles? Do you prefer stainless steel or aluminum with the “secret” lining?

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8 thoughts on “Tap Water Convert”

  1. I kicked the bottled water habit about 6 months ago. We just drink straight up tap water, I’m not that worried about contaminants. My water source is actually glacier and melted snow fed and contains almost no flouride or contaminants. Plus I’m just not that worried about it.

    I have both stainless steel and aluminum / liner bottles. I like the aluminum ones because they’re lighter weight and they have way cuter patterns available. But I like the stainless steel ones because they’re dishwasher safe. I don’t think you can go wrong either way, honestly.

  2. I will never trust tap water. I could care less how many times we are reassured by government organisations how “safe” something is, water included. Far too many people forfeit responsibilty for themselves and allow their health to fall into somebody elses hands. Its the reason why so many people are sick today. People need to make informed decisions based on quality information rather than blindly following things without question…

    I am purchasing a Wellness Water filter,and have been using bottled water for way too long. (literally waiting for it to arrive in the country) I also intend on getting the shower filter too. We use Klean Kanteens (the highest quality Stainless Steel you can get-I wouldn’t buy Aluminium) in our house and my stomach drops when I think of all that plastic and all those bottle tops(have been saving them ever since you blogged about it)and the other reasons you mentioned…

  3. You lucky gal, you! My husband and I have wanted to do this in our home but just haven’t mustered up the courage to do it. So worth it tho’. It’s on our wish list. Yay! Glad you guys took the plunge for healthier, cleaner water. Hey, if you can’t find a spring near you- it’s the next best thing. I hate our tap- they’ve added chloramines supposedly – hate even thinking about it.

  4. Thank you for your update on using filtered tap water rather than bottled water. People are just now beginning to realize how wasteful
    and harmful using bottled water is. These plastics are not only hazardous to our health but take forever to biodegrade. Thanks again for being so informative about such an urgent subject.

  5. Hi man,
    thanks for this post. I’m thinking about the same solution in my home, because my water source is full of conatminations. I will do it for sure after buying new furniture;) I’ve installed already chlorine filters in my bathroom and the difrence is noticeable.
    Regards,
    Nicolas

  6. We use a Multi-Pure filter on our kitchen tap and the shower. :) The taste is great! So much better than regular tap and we’re so happy not to buy bottled water anymore.

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