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|Fri, 09-04-2009 - 9:07pm|
I'm posting this here because this board is full of smart people and you were helpful with my book question. Yeah, it's OT.
We have a private well. The water is very hard, full of minerals and things that are good for human beings but bad for plumbing. We also have a high sodium level, which isn't good for anything. To deal with the plumbing issue, we installed a water softener that uses potassium. Thanks to a shortage of potassium chloride, we have to use sodium in the softener (mfr says this is fine), increasing our already high sodium levels.
For years, we bought bottled water from Poland Spring, but their carboys (jugs) are the ones with BPA in them, which our state is phasing out, so we cancelled. That left us with rather nasty water.
So here's the idiot part: I went to Target and got some Brita water filtering stuff. Well, guess what? Brita filters out loads of stuff we don't have, like chlorine, lead, certain bacteria. Reading labels can be helpful, I've discovered. So our water is still nasty. (And although Brita denies it, I'm pretty sure their tank has BPA in it.)
What we need is a reverse osmosis filter, but I don't want to replace our faucet with an RO faucet because we don't need RO water to do dishes, wash hands, etc. (Our water pressure is low enough as it is. My kids would never do dishes again if we had a faucet that simply spat rather than ran.) And I don't want to drill another hole in the granite and put in a separate faucet 'cuz that just wouldn't be pretty.
So, people, what are my options? Is there an above-counter RO contraption that isn't ugly? Or is there a faucet that switches back and forth between RO and regular tap water?