Jump to content
If you use a water filter, why?
55 replies to this topic
Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:11 PM
A few times I was taken aback by friends' reaction to my offering a glass of tap water. They went: "Ummm...no filtered water? You guys don't have a filter?"
Seriously, do many people filter drinking water now? If you do, why? What filter do you use? Any recommendations?
And what about fluoride, do you worry about dental health? (I heard missing out on fluoride due to widespread consumption of bottled water is causing a rise of dental problems)...
Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:13 PM
I had a bobble drink bottle for a while. But I think I just thought I was hip. I have no problem with tap water.
Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:13 PM
We have a ceramic filter, and we use it because the water tastes so much better - it gets rid of everything except fluoride apparently, and we don't need anything except that!
Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:20 PM
I get a telemarketer calling me at least once a month with an 'amazing offer' for a water filter, they are very persistent so I imagine a lot of people have one because of that!
I grew up on unfluoridated water and have the mouthful of fillings to prove it! I haven't had a single one in nearly 30 years... this coincides with our move to a town with treated water...
Friend of mine who don't get decent (aka clean) water at their country property actually fill their drinking water butts (it is a REAL word people stop sniggering!) at their FIL's place in town so that they get the fluoride...
One of them also grew up on clean clear unadulterated tank water...
I think the fluoride fear is a scam.
But it is a scam people are very attached to... and it is their choice, their faux science - so I let them go if it is making them happy. (it isn't my teeth)
Edited by countrymel, 08 November 2012 - 04:21 PM.
Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:20 PM
We do it for the taste. Our tap water tastes a bit chemically. We use a Brita filter jug. I read up on it and it does not filter fluoride so no worries there. I have no qualms about drinking tap water though and would never comment if someone offered it. In fact I often just drink tap water myself when I'm too lazy to open the fridge and get the jug out.
Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:20 PM
We think water tastes nicer when its filtered. We will still rink tap water though. We just have a brita jug which doesn't remove the fluoride.
Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:22 PM
I'm allergic to chlorine, without filtered water i'm covered in eczema. filtered water means i don't look like a scaly monster from the back of beyond, and after 20 odd years of only drinking filtered or bottled water straight tap water tastes like cr*p
Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:25 PM
We live in central western NSW and our water is putrid at times, I have been in the shower for the water to run red brown, and had to jump out with fright. Running baths for my eldest DD has been hit and miss in regards to the water. So we use a water filter just to have clear water that doesn't taste like rust and dirt
Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:27 PM
I use a Brita filter jug too, just because our water was a little dirty at one point. Now its just nice to have the jug of water chilled in the fridge. You still get your fluoride.
Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:35 PM
I have a Brita filter that fits on the tap in our kitchen. We just like the taste of filtered water better.
We used to buy bottled water but it became far too expensive and there was a lot of waste associated with it too.
Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:36 PM
I hate the taste of filtered water, so just drink straight from the tap. MIL thinks I'm going to get cancer or something
Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:41 PM
I can't taste the difference between our current tap water and filtered water.
There was a time I only drank bottled water and then I couldn't afford it anymore so I weaned myself onto cooled, boiled water from the kettle and then onto tap water. Before this I would never ever have drank tap water because it tasted rank.
Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:44 PM
Our water comes through a pretty crappy old pipe that we can't replace so we have a filter on the kitchen tap. I was under the impression it didn't filter out fluoride - I certainly hope not anyway!
Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:51 PM
We have a filter on our tap at work, only because the water here is very chemical tasting.
As for the fluoride issue, I'd be very interested in the other statistics for these kids with bad dental health, like thier diet, do they clean their teeth daily & how often they go to the dentist. I grew up with un-fluoridated water & have no fillings at all, we did however get taken to the dentists annually & get the fluoride treatment done there.
Edited because I forgot to add:
I too didn't think filtering removed fluoride anyway. However a lot do remove chlorine! I think it was only bottled water with no fluoride.
Edited by PrincessPeach, 08 November 2012 - 04:52 PM.
Posted 08 November 2012 - 05:14 PM
Our tap water is rank (central west NSW). Tastes like the local pool.
We have a filter thingo that attaches to the tap. We drink so much water in this house!
Posted 08 November 2012 - 05:18 PM
We have a filter directly fitted to our tap. It's been here for the 10 years we've been in the house. It tastes so much better than tap water.
Guest_- Poppy -_*
Posted 08 November 2012 - 05:21 PM
Depends on where you live.
Up north the water is feral! karratha water urgh!!!
It tastes awful and gives lots of people the trots. I used one of those neverfail water bottles. Was great in cyclones - never ran out of water!!
Where I live now the water is very nice, no filter needed.
Posted 08 November 2012 - 05:25 PM
I hadn't thought of the fluoride issue! We grew up drinking tank water and I have had ridiculous issues with my teeth! Never even thought of the fact it could have been from drinking tank water!! We were taken to the dentist every 6 months without fail and always cleaned our teeth regularly so it wasn't from poor oral hygiene, but without fail every time I went to the dentist I needed a filling!
Anyways back to the topic! We are on tank water here and I drink that filtered through the fridge (it has a brita filter). Apart from that I won't drink tap water because I get an upset stomach. Even when I go to my parents I take a bottle of water now. I can't stand the taste of tap water either.
Posted 08 November 2012 - 05:31 PM
If we are living somewhere that the tap water is unpalatable then I use a filter on the tap. Where we are atm there is no problem drinking the water straight from the tap.
Posted 08 November 2012 - 05:38 PM
I carry Brita water bottles wherever I go simply because some of our friends have ancient pipes that make their tap water taste really feral. The filter gets rid of whatever it is that makes their water so bad, and some of that water is so gross it is nearly vomit worthy.
Posted 08 November 2012 - 05:44 PM
I can't drink water straight from the tap for psychological reasons.
I used to live (late 90s into mid 00s) in a rural area where I just had tank water only - no mains supply. Our water started to be a bit smelly and got worse, until I was nearly gagging in the shower. When workmen came to check out our tanks (they were very high up) they found a veritable frog soup. It was full of many frogs in various states of decomposition. Explains the smell.
They had to drain the tank, clean it and refill it. (It was a house supplied by work)
SInce then I cannot drink water from the tap. I can use it if boiled or filtered. I have a ceramic filter on my bench top. The water tastes great!
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users
Looking for some baby name inspiration for a bub born during the colder months? Here are 28 options from around the world to consider.
Are you a parent, or are you planning to be? Tell us what you think and you'll go in the draw to win a $500 gift card!
During the first 12 months of life, your baby's brain grows rapidly, and getting enough restful sleep is vital for assisting this growth.
The uncle of the seven-year-old girl at the centre of the brawl at child's birthday party in Sydney's west has described the events leading up to the alarming show of violence.
More often than not, you'll read that screen time for children should be kept to a minimum - but some scientists are now challenging this way of thinking.
Natalie Reilly describes three main types of conversations mothers have. And, surprise, they're not all about kids.
A baby's smell, the noises it makes and even its gaze can contribute to the potential for a dog attack.
The Baird government will include $22.8 million in Tuesday's NSW budget to expand a program designed to help parents at risk of postnatal depression (PND).
The parents of missing child William Tyrrell have released a heartbreaking letter ahead of his fourth birthday on Friday.
It was meant to be a tasteful cake to help celebrate a three-year-old's christening.
Just two days after giving birth, actor Alec Balwin's wife posted a post-baby picture on social media.
How many times have you been warned about all the sleepless nights you have to 'look forward to' when you become a parent?
A police officer arrived at a devastating scene on Thursday: a car crash resulting in all passengers being thrown from the vehicle.
Want to open the boardroom doors for women? Encourage - heck, praise - dads who stay home with their children.
Compliance is part of the parent-child relationship, but so is resistance. It's all natural.
When the days of changing nappies are over, most parents breathe a sigh of relief. Others have another round ahead of them.
I'm really lucky to have two great kids, but I found it really tough with so much being aimed at the mothers and not the fathers.
Can you spot him in the video? The child who loses his rubber ring, panics, and then almost drowns? It isn't easy.
Uterine fibroids can affect fertility, but with treatment it's possible to conceive and carry a baby.
When told that they are having a 'big baby', many women have a lot of fears. But those fears are often unfounded.
Mums returning to work - and yes, dads too - aren't the same as when they left. But that doesn't mean they're not as good as they once were.
How do you create an original pregnancy announcement and gender reveal? You turn to Britney Spears.
Top 5 Articles
Ultrasounds give you a look at your growing baby ... and sometimes what appears to their womb-buddy, or your bub in an amusing position.
This bizarre snack takes the cake (of soap) when it comes to weird pregnancy cravings.
Yes, I know it's silly. I know all the advice from experts is to use the right terminology from the moment your child can talk. But I just can't.
Bree O'Malley has a cancer diagnosis, a rare blood condition, kidney and liver failure and other complications. And she is pregnant with triplets.
So thank you to all the fathers who get up early, go to bed late, and fill their days dancing to the beautiful beat of parenthood.
Having a baby means big changes to many relationships - including friendships you'd previously thought unbreakable.
What about the baby names right below the top 1000, hiding just out of sight?
A couple grieving the loss of their baby were touched when a young waitress took care of their cafe bill.
Is it normal for babies to turn mean like this? And normal or not, how can we get it to stop?
Are you riding the sleep-deprived, multiple-children train? These tips just might save your sanity.
Breast cancer never crossed Jamie Cox's mind.
Breaking the news to your partner that you're pregnant - especially if it's something you've both been dreaming of - is a moment you'll never forget.
Being a parent is wonderful, but oh boy can it also be painful at times. And no, I'm not talking about the dinner-bath-bed (wine) routine.
These women will always have space in my heart. Not just because they helped bring my children 'earth side', but because of the way that they cared for me during the vulnerability of my labours.
It's long been known that women with endometriosis have difficulties getting pregnant.
A new study suggests that the month you were born has a connection with the diseases you might develop in your lifetime.
Designing a playroom for your kids? We've done the research and found the best play spaces out there.
How do you know when you’re done having babies? For some, it's obvious. For others, it's harder to know for sure.
There is no dispute that we need to clamp and cut the umbilical cord, but there remains controversy over how soon after birth this should occur.
I have a very attached preschooler who has a difficult time saying goodbye to me.
Talk to us
The numbers are in and we can now bring you the 2014 top baby name list for Australia.