I’ve been pretty obsessed with clean drinking water lately since I’ve gotten sick. We moved to a new city a few months ago and didn’t realize that the water quality was bad.
Back where we used to live, the water was great. We just connected the water filter to the faucet and drank from that.
When we moved here, we did the same thing, attached a 10 stage water filter to our faucet and drank from it. We haven’t bought bottled water for awhile.
Recently, I started getting sick and noticed my daughter was having weird rashes. The only thing in common was that we both drank the tap water through our water filter.
I was curious so I bought a TDS water tester from Amazon. TDS stands for Total Dissolved Solids and measures the amount of total dissolved solids in ppm (parts per million).
It won’t tell you what’s exactly in your water but will let you know if there are more things in the water.
Things I’ve tested:
Distilled Water: 0-2 ppm
Tap: 221 ppm
Tap with Filter: 204
Bottled Spring Water: 57 ppm
Reverse Osmosis Water Filter: 36 ppm
As an experiment, my husband brought the tester to work and several co-workers brought in water samples from their homes to test. It was interesting to see the results. Someone had a reading of over 300 ppm.
After that, we’ve only been buying bottled water. And it gets expensive.
Bottled water from grocery store: $1/gallon plus $ .10 CRV
Bottle your own water at grocery store or water filtration store: $ .39 – $ .60/gallon
Bottled water delivery: $30 – $50/mo.
Install reverse osmosis filter: $300+ one time and install yourself
Right now, we’re just buying bottled water. But it’s a pain to return the empty bottles for recycling.
We might go to a place where we can refill the water ourselves. But lugging the bottles back and forth is a challenge especially with a baby and stairs.
I would love to install a reverse osmosis water filter system under the sink. But since we’re just renting, it might not be worth it.
So is bottled water worth buying? I would now say, it depends on where you live and how safe your tap water is.
What do you do for drinking water?
Featured in the Festival of Frugality #319.