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Anyone Use A Water Purifier?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by BreaknBrix, Oct 31, 2014.

  1. BreaknBrix

    BreaknBrix Power Member

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    I've ALWAYS thought these things were a sham.... like gluten free food. I've never understood the purpose of bottled water OR purified water.

    Don't get me wrong. I know they add shit to the water. I know some areas even have toxic water. And I remember when I moved here something about the water did not taste very good. But after a few weeks you quickly adjust & forget about it.

    So I'm at Target today and on an impulse buy I pick up a Brita purifier. My brother is obsessed with filtered water so I figured "what the hell".

    And as I'm checking out I'm thinking to myself, "I'm never gonna use this thing".

    But I get home, fill it up, pour a cup, take a sip and I was A-MAZED how good it tasted. The water actually tastes "soft". Like it has this silky texture to it. No chlorine smell. And this will sound weird, but when the water was in my mouth I felt this strong urge to swallow it. It just slips right down my throat. On the other hand, when I would drink tap, I had this weird habit of keeping the water in my mouth for a few seconds before I swallowed it. I would ALWAYS do this. And I think subconsciously my brain was tasting the impurities, rust, sediment, chlorine, but I wasn't actually aware of this. I just had a weird habit of leaving the water in my mouth for a second or 2 before swallowing.

    With the Brita, the second the water hits my mouth I swallow it. There's no "waiting period" anymore.

    I know this sounds weird. And maybe it's psychosomatic. But I'm NEVER going back to tap water again. Not so much for health but the taste.

    And I also wanted to ask the forum, for anyone who drinks purified water... did you notice a big difference in the taste?


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  2. tony_d

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    I've had an under-the-bench filtration system installed in every house I've ever lived in. They're absolutely not a 'sham', there is a significantly noticeable difference in the water taste.

    As do whether it changes anything more than just the taste... well... :p
     
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    Tap water is disgusting, i only drink water i buy at the store.
     
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    We have filtered water...and it tastes like 100 times better then any bottled or faucet water i have ever tasted.
     
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    I'm oldschool and get my water from a well. lol seriously I live on a well.

    Filters tend to collect all the metals you want OUT of the water, and over time end up finding their way into your water again. Be sure to change the filter often OR just get Reverse Osmosis water since I've heard it's the best. I use Ozonated/Reverse Osmosis water since I don't want my Iodine supplement having a chemical reaction with any copper etc floating in my water. The PH should be higher too which is good. Acidic water can leech minerals out of your body.
     
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    Brita affiliate link or it didn't happen.

    Coffee tastes tons better too... I used to own a bottled water company and one aspect of my pitch to get a client was that their coffee would be significantly better tasting.

    My oldest son is 33 and has never had anything but bottled water in his home, whether it was growing up or now as an adult.
     
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    I only drink bottled water. Comes in Cans (25 Litres) where I live.

    Tap water does not only tastes bad, but its is Also a health hazard if you drink it over a long period of time. Contains excessive amount of metals, that you should NOT be having. Boiling does not solve the hard Minerals issue as it will only kill germs.
     
  9. blackhat-dudette

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    I guess I cannot vouche for the water where you are, but to be honest the tap water where I am in the UK (the middle of the Pennines) isn't too bad at all.

    I guess it's because the water comes from a local reservoir in the hills, of just because it isn't hardwater, who knows!
     
  10. nameless7

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    Tap water in my area is ok, but I still use water purifier. But for coffee and tea I use bottled water
     
  11. Jet Black

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    I used to live in an area nearby a bottled water company. It's outside the US. They sell their water for around $40 per bottle, and it's being sold lots of places around the world (probably for more, because $40 is if you buy directly from them. Would reselling high end water be a good niche to get into?).

    The nice thing was, the tap water in that area had water from the same source as the bottled water company, so basically you got this really nice water for free from the tap (although I'm sure they put it through lots of extra filters and stuff at their factory). Nevertheless, it was real nice tasting water.

    Where I live now, the water smells a bit rotten, kind of like old smelly feet... If you leave it in a bottle for a few days, it smells like a cesspool when you open it. I have no ideas whats going on in that water, but I doubt its healthy. I definitively have noticed what OP describes with nice water being easier to swallow than low quality water.

    I have been thinking about getting a purifier, but after a friend of mine installed a pretty expensive water purifier system (its this large machine the size of a small fridge) I changed my mind. The water that comes out of the machine is no different from that which comes out of the tap, from what I can tell. All I do to the water now is boiling it before drinking it, just to kill germs.
     
  12. wi11iam

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    Where I live it's a must. The tap water is undrinkable and well water is sandy unless you go down 40meters or so! We either have to buy bottled water or use a filter. The filter is much cheaper because the bottled water is all UV treated and tastes like crap. Our filter goes through a ceramic part, then charcoal and finally a layer of various minerals. Actually tastes pretty good! We do have to boil it before it goes through the filter and after looking at all the shit in the filter after just one day, I don't think I'll ever go back. I do live in a developing country though. In the UK, tap water is just fine.
     
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    I live in India. Drinking tap water is not an option. :p Purifiers only.
     
  14. Ghoast

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    Yeah I use one. The water definitely tastes a lot nicer.. also filters out the little particles of other crap you get in the water.. I don't think those filter out Fluoride though, I may be wrong.. My water supply isn't fluoridated anyway though :)
     
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    In the rural parts here, the underground water tastes better than anything. Not talking about small towns, but proper village type areas, since the underground water is still untouched by impurities. But that's a different case in city where I live, and like others rely on the purifiers. But the water feels tasteless.
     
  16. Cool12

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    Yes I use one. The water definitely tastes a lot nicer.. also filters out the little particles of other crap you get in the water..
     
  17. angelas111

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    I actually constructed a whole house filter using coconut shell carbon (charred coconut shells) which is the same filter media as a brita. Now, I just need to plumb the unit in. I would also like to do a whole house reverse osmosis system to get rid of the fluoride and other nasty stuff the brita filters cannot remove. I have pretty hard water and don't want to use a softener either since it adds sodium to your water.
     
  18. the_demon

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    I know exactly what you're talking about man. Where I went to college the river where we get our water from was polluted by coal over the years and tasted so bad I wanted to vomit everytime I took a sip. So I picked up a Brita filter not sure what to expect and all of a sudden my Brita filtered water was delicious and a lot easier to drink. It actually had a "pure" taste if you will.

    Now I live in a town where the water quality is extremely high, but even still there is a noticeable difference in the quality after I filter it through my Brita filter. Honestly, buying a Brita filter has made it enjoyable to drink water. I was never a big fan of water and maybe it just had to do with the quality. Overall, I'd give Brita a 5/5.