I am trying to find a good home water filter/treatment system, but there are so many choices! Do you have any recommendations?

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I am trying to find a good home water filter/treatment system, but there are so many choices! Do you have any recommendations?

I am trying to find a good home water filter/treatment system, but there are so many choices! Do you have any recommendations?

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some suggestions based on my research

PUR Faucet Water Filter (something like this). NSF certified. I use them.

If you need one for emergency, maybe the LifeStraw Mission. I also own them.

If you need one for emergency that filters pretty much any kind of water but that is not certified by a trustworthy non-profit, go for the ProPur ProOne G2.0 filters (7" or 9") in one of their stainless-steel systems. I don't trust the lab that run their analyses, but I own these filters anyway. They are not my first line of defense.

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And stay away from the Black

And stay away from the Black Berkey filters, I can tell you from my experience with several pairs.

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Berkey

What was the problem with the Berkey filters?  

I have an Aquasana 3-stage under counter filter. It's convient since it has it own faucet and not too expensive. Kind of a compromise on filtration. Its good but not the best if you need to remove more difficult stuff like flouride. https://cdn.aquasana.com/assets/AQ-5300R_Performance_Data.pdf

 

 

 

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Berkey

Not sure what Nedyne's problem was with his Berkey, but I've had one in daily use for about 3 years and I'm happy with it.

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MGRS wrote:

Not sure what Nedyne's problem was with his Berkey, but I've had one in daily use for about 3 years and I'm happy with it.

Interesting. Have you run the red dye test on it (as indicated by the manufacturer)? How often? Did it pass the test? 

Here's my experience with about 3 pairs of Black Berkey Filters. 

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nedyne wrote:
MGRS wrote:

Not sure what Nedyne's problem was with his Berkey, but I've had one in daily use for about 3 years and I'm happy with it.

Interesting. Have you run the red dye test on it (as indicated by the manufacturer)? How often? Did it pass the test? 

Here's my experience with about 3 pairs of Black Berkey Filters. 

Interesting, I missed that thread.  I ran the red dye test one time when the filter was new-ish, haven't done it since.  Time to try again and see. 

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MGRS wrote:

Interesting, I missed that thread.  I ran the red dye test one time when the filter was new-ish, haven't done it since.  Time to try again and see. 

Let us know how it goes, please. Be sure to follow the instructions and be sure to use artificial reds FD&C 40 and/or 3, such as McCormick red food coloring.

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Whats In Your Water?

Not only are there many brands, models and types you must first understand, as best you can, whats likely to be in your water first. Most counties offer testing and or some sort of profile. Then there is the issue of whats between your house and the street main (see Detroit). Not all filters deal with lead effectivelly, for example.

As an apartment dweller in an 1890's tenement building in a major Eastcoast city, I've used a countertop ceramic/carbon core filter by Dalton for over ten years. Replacing the filter every January. 

I have to clean it every two to four weeks removing brown sludge, otherwise the flow just disappears. This is often determined by how much particulate has been mobilized in the water upstream somewhere. Like after major storms during the Summer of if the utilities are digging up mains somewhere.

The one I installed for my Mom in a house in the burbs not brown sludge but a light grey film most often.

But there are also things we can't see like cyst, bacteria, organic chemicals, etc.

Know thy water so that ye may prosper. 

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