Tap Water or Brita Filter better for health?

Asked on August 23, 2014
Created August 23, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Wanted to get a consensus opinion on this, since there hasn't been a post here comparing these two specifically. For context, I live in upstate NY, and the water from the tap is relatively clean. It has no chlorine added I believe, and tastes very good (no "hard water" taste at all). I purchased a small Brita filter, but I'm starting to think that the negative health effects from plasticizers leaching into the water to be worse than those from just drinking the tap (which obviously has some residual chemicals like inorganic copper, fluoride, etc.) Thoughts? And please don't suggest bottled mineral water. I'd purchase glass bottles daily if I could afford it. Thanks!

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on August 24, 2014
at 04:21 PM

NYC is noted for great tap water.  "Each day, more than 1 billion gallons of fresh, clean water is delivered from large upstate reservoirs—some more than 125 miles from the City".

Where upstate are you? You can get a water report (likley online from your supplier)

Britta's will remove organics & odors well and some lead but I'm not a fan of plastic.


My city water used to be awesome, 3o years ago but now not so much.  

I buy RO'd water for 25c per gallon for drinking & cooking that I keep in glass 3 gallon bottle, it's as good or better than bottled water at $1 per gallon in plastic. I use about 6 gallons a week.



on August 24, 2014
at 12:54 AM

probably unneeded at your site. My water has a pH of 9.2 and I would be better off filtering it. I am lazy and I just add some lemon juice or ACV when I need a drink.


on August 24, 2014
at 01:01 AM

Thanks for the response. I am holding off with the filter for now. Isn't the higher pH in your case generally a good sign in terms of water? I know the pH doesn't matter in and of itself as long as it's within a normal range, but I'm pretty sure that well water and naturally occuring spring water has a pH higher than 6. 

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