Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Pitcher Water Filtration Systems


 This post will probably not change the world, but I had a little Aah Ha moment and thought I'd share. I relayed in an earlier post or two that we are ordering a new refrigerator tomorrow (can you tell I am just a LITTLE BIT excited?). The new fridge I picked out does not have an ice or water dispenser on the door. I choose not to get the side by side fridge with the ice/water option for several reasons (that I'll explain in another post). My children have been greatly saddened by my decision (it's another "But all the other kid's have them" scenario for them, the poor deprived little mites!). My kid's are not big fans of drinking tap water (although that is their only option right now), and I have to agree our tap water doesn't always taste fabulous. I have also been thinking of the health benefits of filtered water, but I don't want to invest in the cost of a triple filtration system, right now. Plus, I have read several articles lately that claim most bottled water is just tap water in plastic bottles, so you are paying for the same quality water you can get free out of the tap (plus you are adding all those plastic bottles to your landfill).

I have been mulling over the idea of investing in a Brita of Pur water filtration system. Well, today I was at Costco, and in this month's coupon flier,  there was a $7.00 off coupon for a Brita Pitcher Filtration System. You got a ten cup pitcher and two filters for $19.99 (after coupon).  The instruction with the pitcher says that a filter is good for about two months. The coupon is also good for $7.00 off a ten pack of replacement filters (regularly $41.99; $34.99 after coupon). So, for $54.98 I was able to buy the pitcher and two years worth of filters. That averages out to about $3.49 a month for filtered water.

I am hoping the kid's will start drinking more water (and less milk and juice, since it keeps going up in price!); especially with warm weather just around the corner. We can now also fill up our resusable water bottles from the pitcher, so the are getting "bottled" water without the cost and waste of prepackaged water bottles. I am also going to fill our ice cube trays from the Brita pitcher so we will have pleasant tasting ice cubes (and I won't constantly have to remember to grab a bag of ice when I'm at the grocery store.). Dear Hubby has a thing for ice cubes in his beverages.

So what do you think, Dear Bloggy Friends?  Do any of you own a Brita water pitcher? Are you a fan or foe of filtered water?

13 comments:

  1. Our water here is so hard that we go through filters every week or so. We've done everything from buying monthly water bottles (we went through so many that it wasn't economical) and we also tried a filter. We NEED to put in a water softener, that would fix everything, but those are really expensive. So in the meantime, we're just buying water. Not the best solution, but what can ya do?

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  2. I loved my Brita filter...so nice to have cold, filtered water in the fridge whenever we wanted!

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  3. I could live without the door dispenser myself...I hear drinking room temp liquids is better for us.

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  4. We have had a brita pitcher for over ten yrs. We love it! Walgreens also carries filters in their store brand that fit the brita pitcher just for future reference :)

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  5. I'm thankful to you for asking the question. I'll be paying attention to your comments so I can may my decision too. Looks like so far so good.

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  6. I've never used a Brita but I've heard they're wonderful. Our tap water is very hard and not so tasty. When we finally replaced our old refrigerator a year-and-a-half ago, we did get the side by side with ice/water dispensers in the door and a filtration system. I have to admit, I do love the convenience, especially in Phoenix when it's so hot most of the year. We hit 91 degrees yesterday! Sounds like you got a terrific deal, especially with the coupons. You rock!!!

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  7. We keep a Brita pitcher with cold water in the fridge all the time! I fill up my thermos with filtered cold water and ice and drink water all day at work that I brought from home.

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  8. Thanks for the comments, ladies!! So far the pitcher is a big hit. I filled my water bottle for work today; it tasted great. The kids have been drinking water out of it all day. Are water is super hard in Idaho,too. One of the reasons that I didn't want to buy a fridge with ice/water in the door.

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  9. Brita ice cubes are the only way to go. Usually I skip the beverage and only "drink" the ice cubes.

    But only when I'm alone. A mouth full of ice cube isn't the politest thing to talk around (I'm told).

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  10. We have the Brita dispenser that sits in the fridge all the time. I prefer it to lugging a big heavy pitcher in and out of the fridge, and it fits nicely because of the rectangular shape.

    I do find the replacement filters to be a bit expensive (lucky you for getting a deal!), but I don't change them as often as is recommended since it's just the two of us and their lifespan is based on actual usage, not time. Even so, the filter is definitely much cheaper and more eco-friendly than bottled water.

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  11. Also, just to note for your readers, I frequently see Brita pitchers and dispensers in Goodwill and at yard sales. If/when ours bites the dust, I plan to find a replacement second-hand. :)

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