Should You Filter Your Drinking Water?

Filed under: General Health

In my recent Day in the Life I mentioned how I filter my drinking water with a simple activated carbon faucet filter. I use Culligan to filter my drinking water and shower water, and have had great success with both.

At the end of that post a reader asked a question that I thought I could expand on more here.

Q. One question,I was thinking about finally investing in a water filter and I saw that you are already using one. Is it really that easy to set up as the ads claim? Also do you have any reliable sources on why we should make the transition? I have read many different things online but I respect your opinion a lot and I would like your suggestion!

A. In reality it is very easy to set up; it takes less than 5 minutes all told. As noted above I have a filter from the same company in my shower as well.

While I don’t have research studies to link you to per se, you can read this from the National Resources Defense Council. It will also link you to ways to get your water tested and what you should look for to solve your problems.

One big reason we got it was because when my wife got pregnant we were living in a really old house, like turn of the century old, with lead pipes. The lead made me nervous, and an activated carbon filter like the Culligan will remove 99% of lead.

In fact per the National Resources Defense Council website:

How it works : Positively charged and highly absorbent carbon in the filter attracts and traps many impurities.

Used in : Countertop, faucet filters and under-the-sink units.

Gets rid of : Bad tastes and odors, including chlorine. Standard 53-certified filters also can substantially reduce many hazardous contaminants, including heavy metals such as copper, lead and mercury; disinfection byproducts; parasites such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium ; pesticides; radon; and volatile organic chemicals such as methyl-tert-butyl ether (MTBE), dichlorobenzene and trichloroethylene (TCE).

In addition to that it is cheap and makes the water taste better, which is a win win in my book. One last great feature is that buying it from Amazon you can sign up to have the filter automatically sent to you every 2 months (which is how often it needs to be changed), which will save you an additional 15% to Amazon’s already discounted price. Now we are really talking!

Try it out and let me know what you think.

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Posted on September 20th, 2011 by Brian St. Pierre


  1. Johan Says:

    I would be a bit cautious about accepting things written by NRDC without a thorough check in other sources. After all the junk they are writing in the one field where I am an “expert” (nuclear engineering and radiation protection) I am prone to assume everything they write is equal garbage.

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