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Youngest is going to a school in a town where the water system has been known to have problems. She drinks a lot of water, and she would like to take a water filter pitcher and keep it in her dorm room frig (max size 6 cubic feet, so it can be pretty big). Any recommendations for a good water filter pitcher that is relatively inexpensive (i.e. <$40)? 

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My oldest has used Brita for the last 5 years. The pitcher held up well, but she needed to replace the filters once in a while.

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What kind of water problems? That would be the driver.

Our church is an area with a lot of failed septic systems. We finally went to just bottled water for drinking. Buying a large filtered systems for biological issues was going to be a money and space issue, so that was the solution.

When I was pregnant, I worked in a city that had Civil War era problems with lead water pipes. The best solution for me was to pay monthly for access to the water cooler with bottled water. One of the Brita filters is good for lead, and one not-so-much.

Brita is good, but you need to know what the problem is. We use a Brita 10-cup pitcher because our fridge is only 18-inches wide. The city water has a lot of chlorine and tastes bad, and it deals with that.

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One of mine has a Zero Water and the other has a Brita. They both help with the chemical taste of the water in the towns where their schools are. 

If the issues are one of safety, that would be different. We were only trying to improve taste.

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Brita for us. Just a note about a large refrigerator--some of them can be quite noisy. My dd's is--they keep the window open so they can blow the heat all night, in order to mask the sound of the hum of the fridge... 

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So -  which water problems again? 
I use a Brita to make our water, which tastes of chlorine, taste better. The filters are pretty expensive, but I really can't stand the taste of chlorine, so we use a pitcher. 
DH had years of wrestling water softener into a water system, and he flatly refused to install and maintain a filtration system under the sink. But I think that might be a better way to go. At any rate, Brita works fine. You do have to change the filter frequently - if you go too long the water tastes funky. With a fresh filter, the water tastes much better. 

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Brita filters are NSF/ANSI 42 (aesthetic) and 53 certified. Personally, I prefer filters that are also NSF 401 (or equivalent with a RO unit) certified. That'd hard to do under $40. 

Depending on the contaminants, I just wanted to make sure you knew what would be filtered out and what wouldn't be.  

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I have tested myself a few water filter pitchers. The best water came from the Brita filters, it was WAY better than a lot of the others. I won't go into details, you can read the reviews

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DD used a Brita freshman year because her dorm that year had awful water 😑  Sophomore and Junior year her dorm has had one of those water fountain, water bottle stations with a filter so that has been nice 🙂 

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totally a zombie thread...

But since are updating ...

We ended up signing up my son for Instacart and he has 24-cases of bottled of water delivered for 4.00 and includes a generous tip (since it's only an 8.00 order) 

The reason is that his U does not advise using the water fountains due to mono and strep so they have "Filling Stations" which are popular here in CA and a very good thing- but the "filling station" closest to his dorm is about a half a block away.  My son never ever drank enough water at home, so we sent him with two gallon jugs which he was then going to fill at the filling station every few days. (you can fill into your brita, or straight into your jug or water bottle)  You are NOT allowed to fill up at the water / soda fountain in the cafeteria for health department reasons (spreads flu, and strep when people touch their used bottle to the little plastic things that push the soda out)

So I get a call that he has a headache for days, feels light headed, out of it...and find out that the entire first two weeks he lived on campus he survived on about 30 oz of water per day....I had him immediately guzzle down two Gatorade and re-hydrate with Gatorade and water for 48 hours and he was fine...and my husband and I decided it was worth the money to allow him 8.00 every two weeks to use Instacart to buy water.  

So just keep in mind, when your kid moves in on moving day, it is worthwhile to take a walk and find out how far the filling stations are and assess whether your kid is likely to go use it.  🙂 If not I suggest Instacart

 

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