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edit: actually a 5 filter reverse osmosis for drinking water
you can grab a 5 stage APEC brand reverse osmosis system off amazon for right at $189. I have one, bought my brother and sister each one for their birthdays. they gag now when someone cooks with or makes coffee, etc with tapwater. the difference in taste is astounding. [link]
I picked this one up from amazon last year. No complaints so far. (This model requires drilling your sink but, I think there are other models for no-drill instillation.)
I have moved 3X with my APEC system
Have to tap into the Cold, and adapt the drain, but these changes are relatively easy to reverse (tip: take apart your drain, buy a matching piece, and zip-tie the new one under your sink somewhere, so voila it's right there when you need to move out). Not the smallest but I always found a way to fit the filter unit and tank thingie under my sink.
If it helps any, we purchased this reverse osmosis system about a year ago and have been super happy with it so far. Great tasting water and the replacement filters are pretty cheap. Installation is pretty easy, too.
I had this for over a year. Water tastes better than ever. Change filter once a year and they are like $25
RO system all the way. We bought this about 2.5 years ago and I’m totally off bottled water. I take my own to restaurants even. We love it.
APEC Water Systems ROES-50 Essence Series Top Tier 5-Stage Certified Ultra Safe Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System [link]
I have this one and like it so far:
It takes my water from about 400 ppm TDS to about 20 ppm
Still seems like a huge waste of money.
If you are getting the 24 pack at $24 (or $20.40 after your 15% discount), and you go through your recommended 3.7 liters (assuming your a male adult) which is roughly 7.4 bottles a day. Over a 30 day month you are drinking 222 bottles of Fiji water costing about $188.70/month, or $2264.40/year.
Sticking with Amazon, you can get a 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis filter with installation for about $450.
Even if we consider this to be on the low end and you went with a plumber for installation and parts/service it would be cheaper withing a year than your current setup (with a LOT less environmental impact).
EDIT: Just read you are also cooking with it as well! Seriously, just get the System, save money and the environment.
Not OP but APEC is the gold standard when it comes to
I live in an apartment. I installed a 5 gallon 5-stage water filter under the kitchen sink. I just used the hole in the sink for the sprayer for the faucet from the RO filter and it's worked fine. And it'll be easy to take with me when I leave. This is the unit I purchased if curious.
In Broomfield our water smells fishy in the summer, so I installed this 5 stage water filter a few years ago. Best $199 i ever spent. The water tastes so good, and haven't even needed to replace the filters yet.
Check out berkey water filters I had a one for a long time and was pretty happy.
Upgraded to this a few months ago and have been super happy (not apartment friendly)
You can do a non-permanent install of an RO water system. Does your sink have a hole for a sprayer? Do you use it a lot? If not, repurpose the hole for the RO unit. They're sub-$200 for a 5-stage unit with a 5 gallon tank. When you leave your apartment, take it with you. This is the one I have.
Might not be helpful immediately, but I switched from buying distilled water to a reverse osmosis water system back in July. The RO unit was $189 on Amazon, hookup was easy enough to do myself.
I was tired of buying distilled water for CPAP and liked the idea of super-filtered water for drinking.
APEC Top Tier 5-Stage Ultra Safe Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System (ESSENCE ROES-50)
I bought this one on Amazon a few months back. It’s working well for me. My only complaint is it says the expansion tank is 4gal, but I only get about 3gal at a time. The tank refills pretty quickly though.
Nope. Buy it from Amazon of Costco or the manufacturer. Amazon has forced mail order to swallow the shipping costs.
There's also this unit which looks to be identical to the one I bought for $50 less.
The key parts are the filters which are the same. Amazon sells a replacement filter pack for around $35 and because it's more than $25, shipping is free for that as well. The only expensive consumable is the RO filter which you replace once every two years or so.
A multi-stage reverse osmosis filter is your best bet. It will produce water that's 99% pure.
Here's a good one:
APEC Top Tier 5-Stage Ultra Safe Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System (ESSENCE ROES-50) [link]
Expansion tanks are pretty much interchangeable across all RO systems. So not really helpful. If the RO looks like this [link] then you should be in good shape. They're not phenomenal, but very fixable. Any way you could show me the pictures? I could probably ID the unit for you.
Has anyone installed a reverse osmosis drinking water filter system? It looks like one of the cheapest ways to filter water in the long run, although it does waste water. This one has really good reviews.
I have an under the sink one. I thought about getting the whole house one, but then decided I don't really care about using tap water to wash my butt in the shower.
Around 1999/2000 my family became a bottled water/water delivery only family. Those big ass Poland Spring Fridge Dispensers, Water Cooler Tanks, and various size sports bottles add up over the years.
After moving to central Suffolk around about 6 or 7 years ago, I had the Water Authority over to test our water. Report showed everything was "within safe parameters".
What they don't tell you, is that some of the more concerning compounds have no legal limit establish nor has any mitigation/filtering technology in place.
This is the undercounted RO filter I got off Amazon a few years back.
I got the Icemaker/Fridge Adaptor as well.
This company also makes whole house systems + RO Drinking/Cooking system that can be purchased for under $3,000.
I stay on top of the filter replacement, and check the total PPM with a tester about twice a year. haven't had any issues with it.
If you are worried about missing mineral flavor you may want to look into mineral drops or something like Third Wave water supplements for coffee brewing.
Condo HOA fees includes water so idgaf about the waste water ratio but from what I understand it may impact you bill significantly.
I'm not an expert, just someone who did minimal research and got a reverse osmosis system for under my kitchen sink. It wasn't too hard to install and I don't experience any water pressure issues. It definitely works as the smell of chlorine is totally gone and the ppm has gone from mid 200's (tap water) to between 10-20 (RO water).
This is the one i bought:
I have this RO filter on Amazon and its the best purchase i've made in a while. You can taste the difference in the water. -> RO Filter
PFAS is still in the drinking water if that's your concern. Get a 5-stage RO water filter and put it under your kitchen sink. (This is the one I have, if you want a recommendation.)
Here's some research on the effectiveness of filters. A two stage filter removed 94%. Full home systems varied widely. But if you're just looking for clean cooking/drinking water, a 5-stage RO system is the way to go.
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This is what you should get: APEC Water Systems ROES-50 Essence Series Top Tier 5-Stage Certified Ultra Safe Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System [link]
Something like this?
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Good on ya for the softener, because you do have hard water. As for the r/O what kind of sink/countertop do you have? Most 5 Stage r/O's are relatively the same. If you get a brand such as Culligan, you'll have to buy their filters that are usually twice the price of generic. Take a look at Amazon and pick out something that meets your needs. We have installed 100's similar to this: https://www.amazon.com/APEC-5-Stage-Reverse-Drinking-Water/dp/B00I0ZGOZM/ref=sr_1_12?s=kitchen-bath&ie=UTF8&qid=1539617942&sr=1-12&keywords=reverse+osmosis+system
I'm looking at purchasing a reverse osmosis system for my new house. Relatively cheap on Amazon, not too difficult to install.
Here's one I'm looking at: [link]
I've had this one for over a year now and I'm pretty happy with it. It's a 5 stage RO system about $189 at the moment. Water tastes great and I'm in a hard water area with nasty tasting tap water.
I've previously owned an on counter model from the same manufacturer which also worked great. APEC is a US manufacturer and has been around a while. I'd be wary of foreign manufacturers and you definitely want a manufacturer that is going to be around for a while so you can get filter replacements.
APEC Water Systems ROES-50 Essence Series Top Tier 5-Stage Certified Ultra Safe Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System
We bought this for our house and love it.
APEC Water Systems ROES-50... [link]
The PDF instructions on that page have all the information you need.
Red - water input
Blue - purified water
black - waste water
That's all there is to it and it's pretty hard to fuck those 3 connections up.
It's for aquariums and I am not sure why anyone would use aquarium equipment for drinking water? You could have spent $40 more dollars and bought a legit system for drinking water.
Return the aquarium equipment and buy legit filter.
If you are bound and determined to drink aquarium water then you need a drain saddle for the drain line.
What do you think about this one? Seems like a solid product.
They are usually under sink setups with separate faucet/filters/tank.
Something like this.
This is the one I installed myself. No complaints. Had it 2 years and it's great!
I'm not saying that $200 and an hour job with a plumber wouldn't solve your problem, but it would.
Buy an RO setup.
This is the best one I think. Happy to install it!
That's what i did and i'm never going back! [link]
It's a waste of money though- you can buy an RO filter on amazon for $200:
I'm using this one and modified it a bit. Added some larger lines and added this tank for more water reserves. I love the system and so glad I got it.
>Nothing filters bacteria and diseases.
Sure about that?
I even own filters that can fit in my pocket that filter bacteria and viruses.
> Those are killed at the city's water treatment plant, with chlorine.
I live in the second largest city in my state, and I don't have city water. I have a well that is 20 feet outside my door, and a pressure tank below my sink. I drink my tap water, there are just times I need bottled water, which you apparently have ignored and can't even comprehend.
>If you want to get rid of the chlorine taste without using a filter, pour a pitcher of water and leave it out in the sun for a little while.
I'm not just talking about taste dude. I'm telling you that there are times where I have water that is so full of muck and mud, even after filtering through a $1000 system that uses $150 filters, UV, and through a britta pitcher, that's it tastes like a fucking ditch. Literally if it rains more than an inch where I live, the run off makes my water taste like rancid fucking mud that no filters will get rid of.
>I have to refer you to this post about the rest of your comment.
Why did you send me there? It's just you saying that filters cost less than bottled water, which I've already proved you wrong twice, showing that your filters are almost 400% more expensive than bottled water.
most likely not. An RO system usually is too big to be in the fridge, they look like this.
yeah, those tablets are dirt cheep and work well.
I notice our water fluctuate too. Sometimes ok... some times smells like a swimming pool.
It could be that you moved into a different area of town that has a different water refinery plant/aquifer. I am in Florida and experience a good deal of sodium in the water and the only way to get that out is with RO or Distilled water. Overall I feel like if my water is fluctuating i wont be able to produce consistent beer so naturally starting from a "blank slate" and adding in the right solids/salts makes sense to me.
I ended up picking up the APEC-50 which was easy to install, took maybe a hour or two. Besides brewing water it is great for drinking water, cooking, and coffee. Filters are pretty cheep to replace ($25 yearly) and every 3-5 years you replace the membrane and filters which costs $60. If you want to get fancy, you can even run them into your refrigerator for ice & chilled water.
they also make a portable version too if you don't want to installed
A home water purification system costs $269 on Amazon and is rated to make potable water safely. They can be installed by a teenager that can watch YouTube. If First Nations don't have drinking water maybe it's their own fault.
>I don't got a fancy degree, but those aren't things you need to be doing unless your water is messed up.
The fuck it isn't.
Here's a $200 water filtration system off Amazon you should look at. I can recommend others, but this is a start.