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    Kalmia Guest

    Default Re: U use Brita water system?

    On Nov 23, 11:21*am, FERRANTE <manthonyferra...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > I usually buy bottled water and a friend of mine uses the Brita system
    > for his drinking water and he likes it. Anyone here use it and if so,
    > your thoughts on the taste of the water? Also, how many gallons get
    > one get from a filter before it has to be changed?



    I've been Brita-ing my water for at least 25 years. Used to live
    where the chlorine was so bad you could smell it.

    I keep two pitchers going - in case I suddenly need a lot of water or
    someone forgets to fill it. I think it tastes fine. You DO have to
    wash the pitchers thoroughly every so often.

    They say average two months on a filter. I change em every three
    months, as I have two of em going. I buy the five pack at Kmart -
    cheapest was to get the filters that I've found. About 19 bucks for
    the 5 of em.

    My cat won't drink the tap water, so I Brita water for his benefit
    also.

    There are probably better methods now - like the Pur filter attached
    to the faucet. Not sure tho how costly.
    If I were rich, I'd install the reverse osmosis system on the whole
    water supply to the house, but the Brita will do for now.

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    FERRANTE Guest

    Default U use Brita water system?

    I usually buy bottled water and a friend of mine uses the Brita system
    for his drinking water and he likes it. Anyone here use it and if so,
    your thoughts on the taste of the water? Also, how many gallons get
    one get from a filter before it has to be changed?

    Thanks,
    Mark

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    l, not -l Guest

    Default Re: U use Brita water system?


    On 23-Nov-2009, FERRANTE <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I usually buy bottled water and a friend of mine uses the Brita system
    > for his drinking water and he likes it. Anyone here use it and if so,
    > your thoughts on the taste of the water? Also, how many gallons get
    > one get from a filter before it has to be changed?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Mark


    I have water that tastes good from the tap; but, I do use a Brita filter for
    some purposes. Filtered water is flat, tasteless, IMO; if that is what you
    want, it's a good thing.

    I don't pay attention to gallons filtered; when the time it takes to filter
    increases (due to all the trapped stuff) beyond my tolerance, I change the
    filter. The number of gallons filtered is a bogus metric, since it will
    vary widely, depending on how much stuff needs to be filtered from your
    water supply. FYI, Walgreens sells a house-brand filter that fits the Brita
    pitcher at approximately half the cost of the Brita brand.
    --
    Change Cujo to Juno in email address.

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    l, not -l Guest

    Default Re: U use Brita water system?


    On 23-Nov-2009, FERRANTE <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I usually buy bottled water and a friend of mine uses the Brita system
    > for his drinking water and he likes it. Anyone here use it and if so,
    > your thoughts on the taste of the water? Also, how many gallons get
    > one get from a filter before it has to be changed?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Mark


    I have water that tastes good from the tap; but, I do use a Brita filter for
    some purposes. Filtered water is flat, tasteless, IMO; if that is what you
    want, it's a good thing.

    I don't pay attention to gallons filtered; when the time it takes to filter
    increases (due to all the trapped stuff) beyond my tolerance, I change the
    filter. The number of gallons filtered is a bogus metric, since it will
    vary widely, depending on how much stuff needs to be filtered from your
    water supply. FYI, Walgreens sells a house-brand filter that fits the Brita
    pitcher at approximately half the cost of the Brita brand.
    --
    Change Cujo to Juno in email address.

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    Steve Pope Guest

    Default Re: U use Brita water system?

    FERRANTE <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I usually buy bottled water and a friend of mine uses the Brita system
    >for his drinking water and he likes it. Anyone here use it and if so,
    >your thoughts on the taste of the water? Also, how many gallons get
    >one get from a filter before it has to be changed?


    Works great, other than that it fails to remove the chloramine.
    Maybe future generations of the product will deal with this.

    We change it every 70 to 90 days, whether it needs changing
    or not. (Normal kitchen usage level for two people.)

    Steve

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    Zeppo Guest

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    "FERRANTE" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > I usually buy bottled water and a friend of mine uses the Brita system
    > for his drinking water and he likes it. Anyone here use it and if so,
    > your thoughts on the taste of the water? Also, how many gallons get
    > one get from a filter before it has to be changed?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Mark


    Hi Mark,
    I used a Brita for years and it worked fine. We have extremely hard water
    and it made it drinkable. I usually got about 4 or 5 months from a filter
    before it got too clogged to use.

    I switched to an under counter filtration system a few years ago and found
    that the convenience beat the heck out of filling pitchers.

    Jon


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    phaeton Guest

    Default Re: U use Brita water system?

    I use a Pur filter on the end of the faucet. I think I paid about $30
    for it, and replacement filters are $15. They say you can get a year
    out of the filter, but their little indicator goes all the way to 100%
    after about 6 months. Usually then, I'll pull the filter out and put
    it back in to reset the meter.

    I like it because my water sometimes tastes a little 'rubbery' or once
    in awhile the chlorine levels will spike. Without filtering, my
    coffee and especially tea will get an almost metallic tangy taste to
    them that ruins the experience. Water that is filtered tastes like
    "nothing" as I not-I said, but that's fine with me. They do have
    filters that include minerals, and my guess is that the water will
    then taste like rural well water, but I've never tried it.

    The only thing that I don't like about it is that it adds all this
    bulk to the end of the faucet. If I'm filtering water and putting it
    into a tall glass (like a pub-style tumbler) the sink below has to be
    pretty much empty or i won't be able to fit the glass under the
    filter. A different faucet would help, but this isn't my place so I'm
    not going to change it.

    I initially bought it when I was on a 3-month work assignment in
    Delaware in a furnished hotel last year. The water there tasted as
    though you toasted a piece of moldy bread and made tea out of it. I
    didn't expect this filter to do very much, but it completely removed
    all that taste from the water.

    -J

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    Goomba Guest

    Default Re: U use Brita water system?

    FERRANTE wrote:
    > I usually buy bottled water and a friend of mine uses the Brita system
    > for his drinking water and he likes it. Anyone here use it and if so,
    > your thoughts on the taste of the water? Also, how many gallons get
    > one get from a filter before it has to be changed?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Mark


    Why do you drink bottled water? Actual reason or just habit?
    We used to use a Brita in Europe because the village I lived in had
    water that was so hard it was like cement. The Brita was much cheaper
    than bottled water. My community's water tastes just fine so I don't
    need to use it anymore.

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    Bob Muncie Guest

    Default Re: U use Brita water system?

    FERRANTE wrote:
    > I usually buy bottled water and a friend of mine uses the Brita system
    > for his drinking water and he likes it. Anyone here use it and if so,
    > your thoughts on the taste of the water? Also, how many gallons get
    > one get from a filter before it has to be changed?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Mark


    Mark -

    I live in the boonies, and have a water softener that filters. So my
    options are slightly different. And with well water, I have the hardness
    issues, not the fluoride/chlorine issues.

    For drinking water, I changed from bottled water to filtered water when
    last I upgraded my refrigerator. I have a Maytag I am happy with. The
    filters for the water dispenser are about $30 US each, but they filter
    approximately 600 US gallons each. It does meter the water so I know
    when to replace the filter via a light indicator.

    Just another option.

    Bob

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    notbob Guest

    Default Re: U use Brita water system?

    On 2009-11-23, FERRANTE <[email protected]> wrote:
    > I usually buy bottled water and a friend of mine uses the Brita system
    > for his drinking water and he likes it. Anyone here use it and if so,
    > your thoughts on the taste of the water? Also, how many gallons get
    > one get from a filter before it has to be changed?


    I'm now in CO and have killer rocky mountain water (honestly). When I
    was in CA, I did use Brita. Good product. I compared (real honest
    room temp taste tests) with the long time SFBA std, Alhambra. Brita
    filtered water, which is basically what Alhambra is, is every bit as
    good.

    If you use less than 1 gal per day, a filter will last about 4-6 wks.
    Filters can be pricey, but sales get them down to 3 for $21, which
    works out to about $7 mo. Buying in bulk reduces them even more. I
    used them and recommend them. NOTE: Do not neglect changing filters.
    Overextending use of a Brita filter will result in possible stomach
    and intestinal tract distress. In my case, unnatural stomach aches
    was always a clue I needed to change my Brita filter.

    nb

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    Beea Guest

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    "FERRANTE" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    >I usually buy bottled water and a friend of mine uses the Brita system
    > for his drinking water and he likes it. Anyone here use it and if so,
    > your thoughts on the taste of the water? Also, how many gallons get
    > one get from a filter before it has to be changed?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Mark


    Where is Sheldon with his reverse osmosis spiel?
    Reverse Osmosis is the way to go for good drinking water.



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    Old Harley Rider Guest

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    Beea wrote:
    > "FERRANTE" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> I usually buy bottled water and a friend of mine uses the Brita system
    >> for his drinking water and he likes it. Anyone here use it and if so,
    >> your thoughts on the taste of the water? Also, how many gallons get
    >> one get from a filter before it has to be changed?
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >> Mark

    >
    > Where is Sheldon with his reverse osmosis spiel?
    > Reverse Osmosis is the way to go for good drinking water.
    >
    >

    We use a Brita Pitcher all the time. Our water comes from a well.
    I have a whole house filter on the well, but for cooking we use the
    Brita Pitcher. We change the Brita filter monthly. The whole house I
    change weekly...
    --
    Skype <fxdlrider2>

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    Pete C. Guest

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    Beea wrote:
    >
    > "FERRANTE" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    > >I usually buy bottled water and a friend of mine uses the Brita system
    > > for his drinking water and he likes it. Anyone here use it and if so,
    > > your thoughts on the taste of the water? Also, how many gallons get
    > > one get from a filter before it has to be changed?
    > >
    > > Thanks,
    > > Mark

    >
    > Where is Sheldon with his reverse osmosis spiel?
    > Reverse Osmosis is the way to go for good drinking water.


    Certainly RO water will be superior to ordinary carbon block filtered
    water, but may be overkill depending on how bad your source water is. RO
    filter systems use carbon block filters as their first stage since
    chlorine is bad for the expensive RO membrane.

    I used an RO system in my previous house where I had lousy city water
    and it was great. At my current place we have co-op water that is quite
    good, so I haven't added any extra filtering.

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    Dan L. Guest

    Default Re: U use Brita water system?

    In article <4b0b2ecd$0$22028$[email protected] .com>,
    "Pete C." <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Beea wrote:
    > >
    > > "FERRANTE" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > > news:[email protected]..
    > > >I usually buy bottled water and a friend of mine uses the Brita system
    > > > for his drinking water and he likes it. Anyone here use it and if so,
    > > > your thoughts on the taste of the water? Also, how many gallons get
    > > > one get from a filter before it has to be changed?
    > > >
    > > > Thanks,
    > > > Mark

    > >
    > > Where is Sheldon with his reverse osmosis spiel?
    > > Reverse Osmosis is the way to go for good drinking water.

    >
    > Certainly RO water will be superior to ordinary carbon block filtered
    > water, but may be overkill depending on how bad your source water is. RO
    > filter systems use carbon block filters as their first stage since
    > chlorine is bad for the expensive RO membrane.
    >
    > I used an RO system in my previous house where I had lousy city water
    > and it was great. At my current place we have co-op water that is quite
    > good, so I haven't added any extra filtering.


    Hmmm ....

    I think - not positive.

    I believe the Brita Systems are for city based chlorinated water
    systems. City water systems tend to have the biologicals removed or
    killed. Brita systems will remove some chemical based items from the
    water. I am not sure about Brita removing biologicals from the water.

    R.O. based water purification systems will remove biologicals and most
    chemicals from well based systems. Most wells do not have chlorine in
    them and not a problem for the first stage R.O. membrane. Again I think
    - not positive. Something for you to research.

    I have a well system with a water softener and a R.O. purification
    system. I think - water softener only systems are not safe to drink.

    Brita's for city water.
    R.O.'s for well water.

    To be positive have your water tested for biologicals and chemicals.

    Enjoy Life ... Dan

    --
    Garden in Zone 5 South East Michigan.

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    Steve Pope Guest

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    Dan L. <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I believe the Brita Systems are for city based chlorinated water
    >systems. City water systems tend to have the biologicals removed or
    >killed. Brita systems will remove some chemical based items from the
    >water. I am not sure about Brita removing biologicals from the water.
    >


    Correct, those Brita's that are carbon filters do not remove
    microbes the way a micropore filter (e.g. Pur) will.

    Maybe different Brita products will do this.

    Steve

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    Stan Horwitz Guest

    Default Re: U use Brita water system?

    In article <[email protected]>,
    FERRANTE <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I usually buy bottled water and a friend of mine uses the Brita system
    > for his drinking water and he likes it. Anyone here use it and if so,
    > your thoughts on the taste of the water? Also, how many gallons get
    > one get from a filter before it has to be changed?


    I use a Britta pitcher and it works great. Bottled water costs a lot
    more than filtered per gallon, plus filtered water is much more
    environmentally friendly than filtered water.

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    Ed Pawlowski Guest

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    "phaeton" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    >I use a Pur filter on the end of the faucet. I think I paid about $30
    > for it, and replacement filters are $15. They say you can get a year
    > out of the filter, but their little indicator goes all the way to 100%
    > after about 6 months. Usually then, I'll pull the filter out and put
    > it back in to reset the meter.


    So to save $15 you put the bacteria laden filter back in.



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    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    Default Re: U use Brita water system?


    "FERRANTE" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    >I usually buy bottled water and a friend of mine uses the Brita system
    > for his drinking water and he likes it. Anyone here use it and if so,
    > your thoughts on the taste of the water? Also, how many gallons get
    > one get from a filter before it has to be changed?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Mark


    If it is your house, consider a whole house or under-sink filter for hte
    kitchen cold water line.



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    Terry Guest

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    On Mon, 23 Nov 2009 10:21:05 -0600, FERRANTE
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I usually buy bottled water and a friend of mine uses the Brita system
    >for his drinking water and he likes it. Anyone here use it and if so,
    >your thoughts on the taste of the water? Also, how many gallons get
    >one get from a filter before it has to be changed?
    >
    >Thanks,
    >Mark


    I used the Brita for some years before we got the latest fridge, which
    has a filter installed for the water dispenser. The Brita filters ran
    about $8 each and lasted about 3 months so $24 for a year's supply.
    The current fridge has a $40 filter that is supposed to last a year
    but seems to go significantly longer for us; we don't use that much
    filtered water.

    Brita took the excess chlorine taste out of our tap water. It was a
    bit of an annoyance to fill the pitcher; I like the convenience of the
    fridge filter. But the Brita worked just fine.

    Terry

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    brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: U use Brita water system?

    On Tue, 24 Nov 2009 08:18:19 -0500, "Ed Pawlowski" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >
    >"FERRANTE" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >news:[email protected]. .
    >>I usually buy bottled water and a friend of mine uses the Brita system
    >> for his drinking water and he likes it. Anyone here use it and if so,
    >> your thoughts on the taste of the water? Also, how many gallons get
    >> one get from a filter before it has to be changed?
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >> Mark

    >
    >If it is your house, consider a whole house or under-sink filter for hte
    >kitchen cold water line.
    >


    My RO filter is mounted on my basement wall just below my kitchen
    sink... doesn't steal that space, makes for much easier servicing, and
    just in case of a leak nothing gets damaged. RO filters are available
    in many sizes, a few gallons a day for residential use to hundreds of
    gallons a day for restaurant use and larger for commissary/hospital
    use. Mine has a 2 1/2 gallon storage tank, stops producing when full,
    but will generate about one quart per hour... I've never emptied the 2
    1/2 gallons. An RO filter membrane will last on average about ten
    years, depends on usage... the accompanying sediment and charcoal
    filters last about a year. I also have a whole house UV lamp water
    treatment device. and I have a water softener. I have all the hydro
    equipment professionally serviced once a year, costs about $125
    including filter cartridges. The UV lamp adds another $100, those
    lamps are expensive, and there is a government mandated disposal
    charge on those lamps now, $15. I have all the air in my house
    constantly treated with UV too... makes a big difference with
    respiratory illness (colds), allergies, and skin eruptions, fewer and
    far less severe. I think UV treats water better than chlorine and
    with no side effects... folks have skin afflictions from bathing with
    bacteria laden water too. And most municipal water systems don't
    contain chlorine so folks on those systems are totally unprotected...
    no fluoride either. Bottled water is the least pure, especially with
    how folks tend tend to slobber those bottles all day and they share.
    And bottled water is very expensive, for water no purer than directly
    from your own tap.




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