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?