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Linda,  I meant to ask you at the rally how you are liking your Brita Filter?  Are you using it instead of bottled water now??  I have been thinking of buying one.
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Hi Leno,

We are still using the Brita Pitcher for our drinking water.  It takes come getting used to but we are glad that we are not buying bottled water.

We bought the small pitcher so that it would fit in the refrigerator on the door.  So we have to fill it quite often.  It is not as convenient as just grabbing a bottled water anytime you want one.  We keep two bottles filled in the frig so at least our first grab for water is there.  As the day goes on, we have to refill our bottles and then refill the pitcher.

It makes me feel better knowing we are doing our small part in eliminating plastic bottle waste.


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Linda wrote:


We are still using the Brita Pitcher for our drinking water.  It takes come getting used to


Do you mean the taste? smile



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We just started using a Brita pitcher to filter water for drinking and for our table top ice maker. Like linda said it's not as convenient as bottle water, but the tap water filtered through it seems to taste just as good as bottled.

Biggest problems so far is it takes a few minutes for the water to run through the filter and the pitcher holds about a half a gallon so it takes two to fill up the ice maker water reservoir.
I would get the bigger Brita container designed to sit on the refrigerator shelf. It holds a lot more and would work better for the ice maker.

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I haven't decided what to do about water purification yet.  I don't like the idea of using bottled water regularly because it is so wasteful (and expensive).   We have been using a Best Water countertop system in our house for the past three years and we absolutely love it, although it is kind of pricey (about $200 plus the cost of replacing the filter every 1000 gallons or so). Our water district switched from cholorine to chloramine and the Brita (and similar filters) did not get the taste of the chloramine out, but the Best Water system got the taste out even though I don't think it is specifically made to do so.  Brita works well on chlorine though, which is what I think most municipalities use. The Best Water hooks right on to your faucet and the water is available on demand....much quicker than a pitcher....you just push a button on the faucet when you want filtered drinking water. 

We haven't decided yet if we will take the Best Water system with us since it does take up a little counter space (I think it is about 5" x 5" or somewhere around there).    Is anyone using this type of water filter in their RV?  If so, is the amount of space it takes up worth it or do you recommend a pitcher?

FYI: One of my husband's gigs (in addition to being a physician and author) is as a Shaklee distributor.  Shaklee is the maker of the Best Water system. I thought I would add that as a disclaimer, but the above information is how I truly feel.

Colleen
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-- Edited by pierreandcolleen at 16:19, 2008-06-23

-- Edited by pierreandcolleen at 16:19, 2008-06-23

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I've been looking at these:
http://sites.securemc.com/folder25856/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse&pageid=69

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We have a dual canister system from http://rvwaterfilterstore.com/ and an undersink carbon filter that came with the coach. Works well for drinking water unless the incoming water is salty (Hutchinson, Kansas for example) or has iodine in it (Denali National Park). For those an undersink RO (Reverse Osmosis) system would be needed.

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I don't know what you could do about salty water, but when I backpacked I first used a water filter that left an iodine taste to the water.  A pinch off a Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) tab, no more than a qtr of a tab, takes it away.  When the filter gave out due to silty water in the SE, I just gathered water in a nalgene bottle (then a 2 liter pepsi bottle), dropped an iodine tab in, let it sit for the required time, and then dropped in the ascorbic acid.  You could see the yellow color fade instantly to clear, and the iodine taste was gone.  I think if I was someplace where the water had an iodine taste, I would just keep a pitcher in the fridge and use the Vit. C to take away the iodine taste.

I used this method on water from rivers, streams, springs, standing water, etc., and never ever got sick.  I forgot to mention that if you use too much vit. c, the water will taste citrusy - not bad, but I wouldn't want to make coffee with it.
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