"Expect poison from the standing water." -William Blake
What to do - Filter Your Drinking/Cooking Water
- Buy a filter. There are several systems - ConsumerSearch provides a good overview. The best system is a faucet filter since you don't need to continuously fill a pitcher - making it easier for families and cooking. It also filters out more impurities than pitchers. Pur and Brita faucet filters are good alternatives. If you live in NYC, a Bed, Bath and Beyond salesperson told us that the Pur faucet filter quickly gets clogged in 7-10 days and returned, so use a Brita. If your faucet doesn't fit a filter (as ours doesn't), than use a pitcher filter. The Pur pitchers are far better than the Brita. Pur filters out the same heavy metals as Brita, AND it filters out microbial cysts and 96% of pharmaceuticals. We don't like plastic, but the companies state the plastic is BPA-free
- Use filtered water for all consumption purposes. Drinking, cooking, making coffee and tea.
- Don't run hot water through the filter.
- Replace your filter as needed. Filters become clogged with contaminants, and if you use a clogged-up filter to purify water, it can dump excess contaminants into the water, making it even worse than unfiltered.
For more information on different types of water filters, read here. If you search online, you may find a site called waterfiltercomparisons.com. The grain of salt to read it with is here (very entertaining).