What do you do if your water is unsafe to drink and you live in an apartment?

United States
February 23, 2010 11:02am CST
I live in an area where due to the desire to conserve water, there has been the development of a water treatment plant to treat sewer water and to intermingle it with drinking water... In California, "Orange County Water District’s (OCWD’s) Water Factory 21 facility reclaims wastewater that is then injected into aquifers to provide a pressurized barrier against seawater intrusion into groundwater." http://www.livescience.com/environment/080128-drink-wastewater.html This means, in short, that the water I get when I turn on the tap is reclaimed sewer water... water that used to go on the fields and that was once in toilets is now being used as drinking water... I must admit that I have not been happy with this development, nor the Metropolitan Water District's recent addition of Floride to the water, and have been at times purchasing Crystal Geyser bottled water... I am wondering what other alternatives there are to Crystal Geyser bottled water that are cheap and good for someone who resides in an apartment?
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@xenobane (205)
• Canada
24 Feb 10
Don't trust the tap like you used to, boiling is your best friend. I use Brita to prefilter the water, and then boil it, just to make sure. It sure beats drinking bottled water all the time, and the energy cost for boiling is nothing compare to the impact made through making of those bottled water. If you want to prepare for the emergency situation where tap is not available, but there are rivers and other raw water sources around, you can consider buying purification tablets. The tablets can kill most viruses and bacterias in the water, but it won't do anything to chemicals, so make sure the water source is free of pollutions. There are other options like a portal water filter, company like Katadyn, MSR are very good at making filters that can produce clean drinking water from a mud pool. Those filters are reusable, you can clean them many times before replacing. Overall many options are better than bottled water, and they have less impact on the environment. Bottled water might be good for the short term, but the wastes they created are not a sustainable solution.
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• United States
24 Feb 10
I am wondering how the Brita is and how much that costs to use... How much did the product cost and how much are the filters? Does the water taste different from the tap water and from bottled water or the same?
@xenobane (205)
• Canada
25 Feb 10
Check Brita's website (www.brita.com), there are many selections available. The core component is the filter, for average use one filter can last around 2 months (40 gallons), and 1 filter is 8 dollars. The more you buy the more you save, as a five pack is $33, six pack is $38. The 28 pack Crystal Geyser is only 14L in total (500ml each), a Brita filter can last through 151L. Assume you can buy a whole pack with only $2, you buy 4 packs, it costs 8 dollars, same as a fiter. But you only get 56L in total, and a filter can last twice as much. I assure you the taste won't be much of difference, water is water, with or without those "minerals" your health won't be affected in any way. You can get more minerals through food than water. Brita is not your only choice, is just a start, the choice is up to you. Bottled water is good for emergency purposes in my opinion, but daily consumption is just a little too wasteful.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
23 Feb 10
they do the same herer in Vegas have for years and I think of every thing that goes into the toilet not just poo and p but people throw their neds down there even cig. butts I have a fiter on my tap so dont worry about it much. if in an apartment I would invest in that pitcher with a filter thing on it
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• United States
24 Feb 10
Thanks for your comment Lakota12... I have heard about that filtered pitcher and have wondered about that. I am aware that your area has a similar thing going with the water... and also that we get our water from the same river and are down stream from you so... that means that our water has even more stuff in it... most likely... sounds so yucky.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
24 Feb 10
the toilet water dont go to the river but to the water plant to be recycled so you are safe on that one.
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• New Zealand
24 Feb 10
Just boil the water. That should remove the filth. U can wait for the water to cool to drink it. Or u could get a filter. But still...ex sewerage water 0_o ewww...
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• United States
24 Feb 10
I will tell you... I have the same response... I cannot say that I was pleased when they started doing this... And those who brought it to my County, the politicians, are very proud of themselves for conserving water so well.
• Philippines
22 Mar 10
i dont really drink tap water directly from the fusset. i only buy mineral water and have it deliver at home since im not sure about the tap water if its safe or not though i know its still a water but unlike mineral water. if theres no mineral water around then maybe i will just boiled the water and let it cool then put it in the fridge.
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