I was listening to a comedy sketch one morning and the speaker was making fun of people who refill their mega-sized water jugs at the local grocery. Mimicking them, he proudly and staunchly said, ”Look at me I’m sophisticated. I drink purer water than everyone else.” My family may get grocery water every week but we don’t flaunt it around like that. We just want to drink something clean and tasteless.

ro_water.jpgA couple of weeks ago, I filled our three 5-gallon water jugs as usual. But this time, in this hot summer heat, it was just unbearable for me! It didn’t help that I was roasting under the mid-afternoon sun. Even though my kids were there to help me, it was still bad. I felt like a frustrated Lynette!

Later on, I thought about those special faucets at medical facilities. You see them in pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, etc. Above the sink, there is a faucet with regular tap water for washing hands and what not. However, on the side, there is sometimes a smaller faucet with lower-pressured purified water. It suddenly occurred to me that there was nothing in the way of having the same installation on my very own kitchen sink!


Purified Water

First of all, what is purified water? My definition of purified water is water that is safe and healthy for regular consumption. What’s wrong with tap? Everything! Its loaded with chlorine, fluoride, unwanted minerals, germs, and (small traces) of poisonous substances. Plus, it just plain tastes bad! When I drink water, I want there to be only one thing, H2O. There are two main ways to turn tap water into purified water.

Distillation

The first way is through distillation. This expensive method takes a lot of time and heat. Basically, a machine boils tap water and it catches the steam that rises to the top. The collection of condensation is the distilled water. In the end, you get a gallon of water for about the time and electricity and it takes you to cook a meal for your entire family.

Reverse Osmosis

The second way to purify water is reverse osmosis. This is the method most used to make bottled water and refill (grocery) water. It is the most feasible way to mass-produce purified water. The most basic reverse osmosis setup is running tap water through an activated carbon filter and a reverse osmosis filter. A reverse osmosis filter utilizes semi-permeable membranes with pores so small and discriminate viruses can’t even pass through. Reverse osmosis technology is not in those countertop pitcher filters (like Brita, PUR, and Culligan) so don’t even think about purchasing one!

Benefits

The choice is simple, get a reverse osmosis system! The benefits are many.

  • You skimp the time and frustration. There is no more lugging large canisters of water in your car. You also can no longer “forget” to fill the waters since you have your own “refill machine” under the sink.
  • You save money. The average price/gallon of grocery refill water is 35 cents. The average price/gallon on reverse osmosis water is less than ten cents! You don’t even have to pay for electricity since it is all city water pressure powered!
  • ro_delfino.jpgLastly, you get all the health benefits of purified water plus at the same time avoid the carcinogenic effects of utilizing unwashed jugs and sun-exposed plastics. In the past, we kept our mega jugs in the car for days until we needed them!

Lovin’ It!

Last week, we just got our Sears Reverse Osmosis System from online. I didn’t exactly have a Mike Delfino to install it for me but my husband sufficed. Unfortunately, he’s not as racy as the plumber is on TV. :) I’m drinking a tall glass of purified water right now and I’m loving it. I almost have to pinch myself each time I go to the grocery store when I realize I don’t have to bring those accursed jugs anymore!


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4 Responses to “Ditch the 5-gallon Water Jugs! Buy a Home Reverse Osmosis System”

  1. Kathy Says:

    I heard that those 5 gallon jugs can even leech toxins that can mess with hormones over a long period of time. I know someone whose family used to drink a lot from those bottles too.

    But can you say you can refute or back this up by experience or anecdote?, sorry I just want to know.

  2. Wesley Says:

    I have tasted tap water filtered through reverse osmosis. It is nasty. A waste of money.

    Spring water for the win. It’s delicious and wholesome. You are what you drink.

  3. How To Kiss Chris Says:

    I’ll have to go with Wesley. Spring water kills it all. The reverse osmosis thing isn’t nasty per se but it’s no spring.

  4. Neven Says:

    in reverse osmosis for every glass of water that you drink an other 10 to 20 glasses goes down the drain to keep the filtering mechanism clean That is a very wasteful system.

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