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To get an idea of what people are looking for in a water filter, skim the top reviews on Amazon. Many mention removing tasteless contaminants so I think that IS a small effect people are looking for.
Theoretically it's drinkable, in reality when it leaves from Apa nova is fine, but our pumbling is very very old and full of rust (in Bucharest at least, but also in some other cities) so when it gets to your house I don't think is that clean anymore. I think tap water has a horrible taste, only when I am in the countryside or somewhere in the mountainside do I drink it because there it tastes good. I drank tap water in other countries in restaurants and it doesn't have this taste. Also, say you pour yourself some water and don't drink it all and want to drink in an hour. The taste after it sits for even a little while is horrendous. Many of us now use water filter pitchers like this one, I have been using one since 2017 and haven't had a problem and the water tastes fine even if it sits for days.
A little anectodal experience: in my little home town I drank tap water up to highschool and had no issues. Went to Bucharest, begin to drink bottled water, at some point I get tired of carrying it and start to drink tap water. I drank it for 3 months and had kidney stones and was in horrible pain. Never before this did I had kidney stones, nor from that point on (it's been 7 years). But I never drank tap water for an extended period of time after that.
Filter is cheaper than bottled water. This makes 40 gallons. [link]
I would personally grab one of these
Sometimes the KISS route's the best route.
I recommend you buy a Brita Filter and fill it with sink water. Keep it stocked in your fridge and it'll be ice cold all season long, baby.
This is cheaper long term compared to what you're doing
La jarra de 10 tazas: Brita Pitchers 10 Cup Everyday Water Pitcher with 1 Filter, Large, White [link]
Hay una de 18 también.
Y los filtros genéricos de Amazon, mucho más baratos que los originales y funcionan bien: AmazonBasics Filtro de agua para jarra AmazonBasics y Brita, reemplazo - 6 unidades [link]
No, it’s more of a little tank, you pour the water in, and the filter is in the tank, so it’s filtered when it comes out.
> If not, where do you all get your water from?
You could filter your water. I use this Brita ones.
I have an auxiliary question—
Is it common in Europe to use Brita pitchers or to have refrigerators that dispense water?
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Also Britas are on sale today.
Nothing beats room temperature water!
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Like many of my brothers in this sub, I'm always thirsty and always want water. In particular, I want it ice cold and in massive quantities. A while ago, I got this refillable 100z "cup":
Pic with pint glass for size comparison
I lived near a gas station with really well filtered water that let me fill it up for free, so I was set. Unfortunately, after moving, all the places near me want like $1 for an ice water refill in that thing. Fuck that. Here's an overview of all the components needed.
Pitcher - I use this Brita pitcher. In the past I used the bigger one here, but it honestly sucks to fill up because it's heavy and unwieldy, whereas the pitcher form factor is really easy to just refill right after you use. It also pours quite a bit slower. Apparently my new place does some filtration of water before it comes out of the sink, so I might switch to this guy for instant filtration.
Giant Cup - Valero Corner Stores sell this, though the 64oz and 52oz variants are more common. Plenty of other gas stations sell identical 100oz cups with their branding, but you just have to find one. If you don't mind paying the pretty steep cost (~$20) some people sell them on Amazon, like this one. I really really wish Yeti or some other company made a 100oz cup made for drinking that insulates as well as theirs do, but I haven't found one.
Reusable Straw - The big cup comes with a plastic reusable straw which you can see in the pictures of the one I linked to, but I don't like it. The ridged structure that makes it easily bendable also causes drag on the water and makes it harder to drink. So what I use are these. They are just the right size. They get a bit off smelling after a while (a month or two), and there's a brush included to clean them, but I can never really get them cleaned well, so I honestly just toss them and use another. It's $8 for 5, so you're looking at maybe $15 or so a year in straw costs.
Ice - Here's the the tricky one. This is basically why I filled it up at the gas station in the past. I'm really picky about ice and will only use clear "restaurant quality" ice. The kind of ice made in most freezer ice makers is cloudy because of air bubbles in the water, meaning that it also picks up any off smells in the freezer, melts far too quickly, is weirdly soft, etc. If you do it right, you can get pretty clear ice from ice trays, but if you're doing that for a cup that big, it's gonna take a lot of time. Here is a pic of the ice maker I bought to solve this problem (I bought it here). It does a really good job making clear, good tasting ice. I fill it up with a full load of water from the pitcher and usually within 90-120 minutes, it's full of clear square ice. Here is a pic of some extra ice I stash in the freezer from it. I'll edit this with a pic of some fresh super clear ice in a bit, I don't have any on hand right now. Overall, I like the ice machine, though I will say that it costs quite a bit to run (it runs at around 150W, spiking to 190W) and should be wiped down every week or two. It might just be easier to grab some of the 10 or 20lb bags of ice from the gas station or grocery story and use that. It is nice to be able to make it on demand though.
Every morning I get up and fill the ice maker up to the top, sip on the leftover water from last night while I wait for the new ice, and then refill when I'm done. I usually drink two cupfulls of water a day.
But what if I want my water to get me drunk?
The best part about water is that it makes the best mixed drink for sipping at home. Just carbonate it and mix it with a spirit. The Japanese highball is the height of such mixed drinks, but I've found that some experimentation yielded a variety of great options. I usually do around 5:1 water to spirit, but usually I eyeball the spirit pour and just full up the glass.
How to make it at home? Sodastream of course! Here is a picture of my Sodastream bottle, a very fancy eau-de-vie, and the resulting beverage. Here are my top picks for spirits to mix with your delicious spicy water:
There are tons of other great options and plenty of bad ones (funky rum like Rumfire or Wray & Nephew, mezcal, peaty scotch, etc. are things I love that don't work)
Hope this inspires people to drink more fuckin water.
Reusable Straw - The big cup comes with a plastic reusable straw which you can see in the pictures of the one I linked to, but I don't like it. The ridged structure that makes it easily bendable also causes drag on the water and makes it harder to drink. So what I use are these. They are just the right size. They get a bit off smelling after a while (a month or two), and there's a brush included to clean them, but I can never really get them cleaned well, so I honestly just toss them and use another. It's $8 for 5, so you're looking at maybe $15 or so a year in straw costs. I had also looked at some of those reusable metal straws but then I realized how bad it would suck to pick up the cup too quickly and bash my teeth out with the inertia of a full 100oz cup.
YTA! Are you fucking serious?? Water is extremely important. Dehydration can cause fatigue, depression, muscle weakness, headaches, dizziness... I mean the list goes on and on. Water is vital and if I don’t drink 75oz to 100oz a day I feel like garbage.
If you don’t wanna spend a lot of money on bottled water, maybe consider getting a filter for you tap water, or a brita, or this brita water bottle with a built in filter!!
Just let you kid drink water for fucks sake.
I do have a Brita Pitcher if that makes any difference. None of these are that great at removing calcium, that why I descale in the first place.
Sitting in a plastic container for long periods of time...like this one?
Just get a brita filter pitcher. The filters only need to replaced every 3 months and cost like $15 a piece