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?