Drinking from the Tap vs. Brita: Are Water Filter Pitchers Actually Better

Are Water Filter Pitchers Really Better?

Briefly, there are two types of water filters. One type works well at filtering out microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses while another type filters out protozoa (smaller than bacteria) such as Giardia or Cryptosporidium. Both types have their advantages and disadvantages.

The first type of water filter uses activated carbon which is a porous material. Carbon absorbs harmful particles and other substances that may cause illness when ingested or inhaled. However, it cannot remove all contaminants. If the filtered water contains any of these types of contaminants, they will remain in the system after the filter has been removed.

A second type of water filtration uses membranes that trap and concentrate contaminants before they enter your drinking supply. These filters are called reverse osmosis or RO systems. They use special chemicals to separate the dissolved solids from the water. Once separated, the minerals can then be filtered out through a membrane filter.

There are many different types of filters available on the market today. Some filters are designed specifically for one purpose only; others are intended for both purification and filtration purposes. Some may be more efficient than others. Be sure to know what kind of water filter you are choosing.

Even though many people think that bottled water is safer and cleaner than tap water, this is not always the case. In fact, in many cases, municipal tap water is tested more often and more stringently than bottled water. Bottled water goes through a less rigorous testing process before it gets to store shelves and may pass those tests, only to become contaminated after its purchase. This has happened in the past.

In addition, tap water is regulated by the EPA and must meet strict guidelines.

The advantages of a water filter pitcher are many. They are very convenient and can be placed anywhere in your kitchen without taking up much room. If you are planning an event and need a lot of purified water quickly, then a pitcher style filter is the way to go since they can purify a large amount of water in just one hour.

Sources & references used in this article:

Water purifying apparatus by H Hankammer – US Patent 4,306,971, 1981 – Google Patents

Tap Water: The Festering Faucet by V Goldschmidt – saveourbones.com

Tap Water is Fine, Really by E Marks, L Sun, S Williams, JM Fagan – 2011 – rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu

Mentality of Tap Water Versus Bottled Water by J Theisen, S Queirolo, JM Fagan – 2010 – rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu