Tuesday, August 3, 2010

How clean is your water?

This weekend Home Depot offered a "free water testing" to anyone who brought in 5 oz. of their water. Of course, the testing was sponsored by Kinetico Water Systems so you had to be prepared to hear the very minimal sales pitch about their water filtering system.

We found out that our water has a PH of 7.3 which is on the alkaline side of fabulous (according to the man this will be great for my skin). We have 0 iron and 0 chlorine (awesome!) and our hardness is at 4. This is the only thing that concerns me as every house we have lived in in the Pacific Northwest has PLAGUED me with the calcium spots on the shower doors, curtains, everything. But that's okay, we have time to fix that.

What I most wanted to share was the Consumer Reports printout they provided rating different water filter system. Some of these things I have never heard of, who knew there were so many options? I will definitely be researching further before purchasing!

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  1. They didn't rate my system (because I somehow doubt paying 6K for a system out of sheer panic because on your first day in your new house you are pretty sure that the incredible amount of chlorine in the city water is going to sear your skin off!) but if that level of hardness is enough to effect appliances I would definitely recommend the whole house system (since soft water prolonges the life of the washing machine, fridge, pipes, etc.) but I would go with a cheaper one than ours! :P

  2. Sorry, I meant to say that I somehow doubt paying 6K certifies it as a best buy! Whoops! Late night! ;P


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