What is bottled water really costing you?
Doctors say a person should drink 8 glasses of water a day or 8 500mL bottles of bottled water. So let's say you are like most Americans and you only drink 4 bottles a day. A 24 pack of bottled water will last you 6 days.
So let's do the math
1 year / 1-24 pack every 6 days = 61 24-Packs a year
$6.00/24 Pack * 61 = $366/year in bottled water
That's 193 gallons of water a year!
An average $700 Whole House Filter/600,000 gallons * 193 gallons of water a year = $1.93/year in purified water at home!
600,000 gallons of bottled water (500mL bottles) would cost $1,135,500
Now, what if you could get better than "bottled tap water" from your own home without the bottle and the price tag? If you get a whole house filter here is your savings difference.
Bottled water per gallon: $2.00/gallon
Whole House Filter per gallon: $0.01/gallon (much better quality of water)
Fortunately, there's a simple solution-installing a water filter in your home. While some models may require a visit from the plumber, many are a snap to install. They're easy to use and available to fit any budget or lifestyle. Plus, you'll save money compared to buying bottled water.
Here's an overview of the main types of water filters that are available for your home.
The Filter is the Key
The most important component of any system is the filter itself. The more common types are:
- Carbon: The most commonly used filter due to its high adsorption rate and low cost. May be impregnated with silver to help kill bacteria. Reduces lead, mercury, and chlorine, along with some organic chemicals and pesticides, while improving odor and taste.
Water filter pitcher
- Ceramic: Made from fossil shell material. Unlike carbon, ceramic filters can be cleaned and reused. They are often combined with a carbon filter for more complete coverage. Ceramic water filters can remove bacteria, cysts, and asbestos.
- Reverse Osmosis: Water is forced through a semi-permeable membrane under pressure. They are large, slow, expensive, and waste several times more water than they clean, but produce highly filtered water. Reverse osmosis water filters can remove most contaminants including heavy metals, nitrates, arsenic, chlorine, pesticides, and bacteria. However, they also remove minerals that may be necessary for good health.
- Water Distillation: Water is boiled and the steam is then condensed. Distilling water kills microbes and removes lead and mercury, but some chemicals may pass through. Also, it can remove minerals that may be important for good health.
- UV Radiation: High intensity ultraviolet light kills microbes present in water, but does not eliminate most chemicals and other contaminants.
Water Filter Systems for Your Home
There are several different types of water filter systems available that vary in both cost and convenience.
Under Sink Mounted Water Filter
- Mounts under sink and attaches to cold water pipe with separate water dispenser installed next to sink.
- Can handle large volume of water.
- Harder to install - requires moderate plumbing skills.
- No counter clutter but takes up space in cabinet.
- Requires hole in counter or sink for dispenser.
Whole house water filter**
Whole House Water Filter
- Filters all the water as it comes into the house.
- Most only remove sediment and rust, though some more expensive models filter out other contaminants as well.
- Requires professional installation.
Icemaker Water Filter
- Attaches to water line for icemaker.
- Reduces contaminants and sediment in ice and improves taste.
- Fairly easy to install - requires some minor plumbing.
Choosing the Right Filter
- Begin by requesting a water quality report from your local water system. Known as the Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), it will list any known contaminants. You may also be able to find your report online through theEnvironmental Protection Agency website.
Shower mounted water filter**