The fridge is now hooked up!

United States
May 28, 2011 3:28pm CST
I am so picky about my water! If it doesn't taste good, I don't want it. I grew up in Alaska where we always had wonderful water. I remember when they opened up a new area in town and all the homes had this horrible water! It smelled like sewage and had a high level of rust in it. Even mixing it with Koolaid did not help the taste or smell at all. Eventually the problem got fixed but it was nasty! I moved to eastern Oregon in 2008 and the water here, while it doesn't smell or look bad, is very hard and I can taste the minerals in it. My tongue is very sensitive. So I've been keeping Culligan filters on my kitchen faucet to help the taste of my water. They can get expensive after a few replacements but it's worth it to me. Well, last August I bought a new refrigerator. This fridge has filtered water and ice in the door but it has to be hooked up to the water supply. We have been making do since August while I whittled down my plumbing bill. Well, yesterday we got it hooked up! I am so thrilled! There's nothing like good water! And the ice maker keeps us in ice. It's wonderful especially since my daughter has a habit of not refilling the ice cube trays when she empties them. We are happy! So...how's the water in your area? Do you have a well or does the local government pump it to your home? Is it hard water and, if so, what measures to you take to filter it if at all? Are you as sensitive to the taste of water as I am? LOL
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@agent807 (717)
• United States
7 Jun 11
SInce I live in the city, I only have access to public tap water. I don't mind it, because I like the taste. The only problem I have against it is that I live in a old building so the water really taste bad coming through those old pipes. Sometimes, it is white, and smoky, and it is cold water. I really don't believe in buying bottled water, especially if the tap water is good, and some of the bottled water is tap anyway. The other reason that I don't buy bottle water is that I drink a lot of it at once, as in entire gallon. It works out for me because it it cheaper, but it is not refrigerated (aarrrgh!!! Why can't the store refrigerate these things). So I have to buy a small stockpile to cool off before I drink it. Now that we are going into the summer, with all of these hot days in front of us, I would carry two gallons of water with me wherever I go (yes, I consume this much in a day, sometimes three if I am working hard enough). I am a big boy, so I can easily slam a nice, cold, gallon of water. It makes no sense to drink warm water on a warm day. At home, to avoid having to discard all of those jugs, I fill them up with my filtered water pitcher. The filter says that it can treat 40 gallons of water, and should be changed every 2 months. It is a time consuming process because the pitcher does not hold a gallon of water (unlike my stomach). I have done the calculations and this means that I have to change the filter every 20 days. So at two gallons a day average, I am drinking 60 gallons of water a month. I live by the Great Lakes, but the way I drink, one of them is going to be empty. I don't use a filter on the faucet because it would sit too low in the sink. But I also have to change the jugs sometimes, because they can get funky after a while.
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• United States
7 Jun 11
You may want to look into having the plumber install a filter under your sink so that the water that comes out of the faucet is filtered but you don't have to have that contraption on the faucet. They also have filters that you can have mounted next to the faucet that look like an extra faucet. They may be a bit spendy at first but they last a long time and are worth it in the long run as they are ultimately less expensive than buying bottled water or going through the pitcher filters. I cannot imagine drinking a gallon of water in a single day, much less three! Years ago when I was dieting I was drinking upwards of 3 quarts per day and I found when I drank more than 4 quarts, my electrolytes would become so diluted, that I felt positively ill. Be careful this doesn't happen to you. It can become detrimental to your heart health.
@agent807 (717)
• United States
7 Jun 11
I looked into having a filter installed, but because I am renting this apartment, I cannot make that kind of modification according to my lease. The ownership has changed three times in 18 months so I am actually looking into moving into a new building. I have heard about water filtration systems that can be installed in the sink, or as the water enters the house. About the water consumption, I stay too busy running back and forth to school, and work, and everything in between, so I hardly sit down, so I find myself drinking more. Supposedly, we are supposed to drinking one ounce per kilogram of weight so my requirement would be 1.5 gallons. Right now, it is 95 degrees, and we are under three heat advisories until tomorrow, so it makes drinking this much water a requirement, especially when one is catching a bus and waiting in that intense heat. It's beyond hot, the meteorologists say it is oppressive. Thanks for the suggestion.
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• United States
8 Jun 11
Just make sure you get plenty of electrolytes along with all that water. Maybe throw in some Gatorade or something. I have lived in hot areas so I understand the need to drink more in those areas but when you sweat more and drink more, you also lose electrolytes quicker. Get the water you need but also be careful to keep your electrolytes in balance.
@marguicha (82895)
• Chile
28 May 11
I don´t mind drinking water from the faucet and in fact I prefer that water instead of a Coke or another soft drink. I usually drink plain water and when I´m very thirsty, I add some drops of lemon to the water.
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• United States
29 May 11
You must have good water where you are. When I was in Alaska I always drank unfiltered tap water, but we had good water there. The area I was in had a lot of granite and that was a natural filter for the ground water, making it taste delicious.
@marguicha (82895)
• Chile
29 May 11
There are places where it is not advisable to drink tap water but fortunatly it is not the case f my city. The only times we know it´s important to buy bottled water is after a mayor earthquake. But the government provides information about that too.
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• United States
29 May 11
I am so happy for you! Good water makes life so much more enjoyable!
@TheCatLady (4695)
• Israel
28 May 11
When I was a kid in Southern California, we had a Culligan machine in the garage. The Culligan guys came every once in a while and filled it with salt stuff. It is probably much cheaper than having a filter on the faucet. It also will help keep hard water scale out of your washer and off your shower walls.
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• United States
29 May 11
Yeah, I talked to my plumber about getting a whole house filter and it just isn't feasible for my situation. I live in a trailer and the water intake is exposed to the elements so there would be a danger of the filter freezing in winter. We are pursuing a filter for my water heater, though. The hard water has ruined several elements on my heater...and it was new last year! So we are definitely going to do that. I also want to get another filter for my kitchen sink...not a faucet mounted one...when I get my new sinks installed. Eventually I will have the home of my dreams...one step at a time. LOL
• Israel
29 May 11
I see. If you live in a cold area, it wouldn't work. I've always lived in areas that don't get below freezing so I don't think of these things.
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• United States
29 May 11
Well, we all do what we can. I can hardly wait to get my water heater filtered. They've had to replace the elements in the heater twice in the first three months that I owned it due to the hard water. Not good.
@cream97 (29175)
• United States
29 May 11
Hi. alaskanray. I don't like drinking nasty water either. My grandmother's water is very nasty. It has a nasty taste to it. My aunt, her daughter, brings water from her house in big jugs so that she can drink her water. Her water taste good. She probably has the same kind of drinking water that my in-laws used to have when they lived in their old house a four years ago. We ran out of our Deer Park water here at home, so I turned the kitchen faucet on and I let the hot water run for about two minutes, I then filled up the water jug with hot water so that we could drink it. I then placed this jug into the freezer and it took about four hours for this water jug to get really cold. The water tasted good then. My aunt taught me this trick many years ago when I was staying with her for the summer. She said that when the water is nasty, we should boil the water first, or let the water get very hot so that it can be poured into the water jug. I would like to buy a water filter too. I believe that these filters make the water taste really clean and fresh then.
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• United States
29 May 11
Yes, the taste of water really does make a difference. I will cook with the tap water without filtering it but if I'm drinking it, it MUST be filtered! I am so thrilled to have my filtered refrigerator water! It makes such a difference having the convenience of just getting it out of the door without having to open it. Saves electricity as well as the ice maker keeping us in a constant supply of ice. I just LOVE my fridge!
@mindym (979)
• United States
28 May 11
I am really picky about my water. Where I live, we do not have well water but rather city water. It is ok, but not the best that I have had. I live in a complex and it doesn't seem as though we have a water softener, so the water is pretty hard. I have a pitcher of water in the fridge, which makes the water taste a little better. I used to have a filtered water pitcher, but I cannot afford to buy the filters right now. One of my friends has well water and when I take a shower there I can smell the water. When I brush my teeth there, I use bottled water. Even with the water from the fridge's water filter, I can taste the minerals. Maybe it's somewhat psychological, and maybe my thoughts would be different if I grew up with well water, but I have always had city water. I wish I had a fridge with a ice maker and water filter. Someday I will...
• United States
29 May 11
Even the bottled waters are different for me. I can taste the difference between say, Evian and Dasani. I prefer Evian, myself, but it's not available in my local store so I've been using the Culligan filter since I moved here. It does a really good job...much better than Brita. I talked to my plumber about getting a filter for my water heater because the hardness of the water burns out the elements so fast! That will be my next step, I think.
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
28 May 11
because my nose is stuffy a good part of the time, it effects my tasting so my taop water tastes fine to me, however, the rest of my family would disagree so we buy bottled water (i am trying to convince my family to change to something like a brita.)
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• United States
29 May 11
I have tried Brita but did not care for the taste there, either. Plus there were always little bits of charcoal that got into my water with the Brita system. I have been very happy with my Culligan tap filter. It fits onto the kitchen tap and is very easy to install. It does an excellent job of filtering and lasts quite a long time. I could never remember to replace the filters when they were due but it still did well for me. You're supposed to replace the inner filter every three months or so...I never did and the filter lasted me a year in spite of my negligence. Culligan is the way to go...and so much less expensive than bottled water!