In case you haven’t figured it out, we happen to think that Ask Umbra over at Grist is a marvelous resource for all of you health and eco friendly related questions. In this particular instance, the question as to whether or not to use a water filter at home is obviously relevant to our general areas of interest. We know that bottle water is generally no bueno when it comes to the environment, for all sorts of different reasons. There are many towns and cities across the US and beyond that have fantastic municipal water, New York of course is one of the all time best. Somewhere between bottled water and pay the insane prices for New York real estate, just to get water, there has to be a happy medium. So what about those filter water contraptions for you home?
This it seems, as with everything is a trade off. On the one hand, yes, its great to use tap water and generally speaking it should be cheaper. Water filters can get out most of any toxins that might creep in to the water supply, but then again, those carbon filter systems aren’t cheap and they do have their own carbon foot print.
Umbra gives the usual awesome run down of options, carefully balancing each of them and letting you decide which is best for your purposes, needless to say, as with every environmental question it is never so cut and dry. Regardless of what you do, keep in mind the very best and easiest way to stay fit and healthy is to remain well hydrated.