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This essay is about Brita water filters. I give them a mixed
review. The use of water filters is a great idea. They efficiently create large quantities of clean, good-tasting
Using bottled water is idiotic. It wastes energy creating bottles, bottling and transporting. It clogs land fills
with empty bottles. It is ridiculously expensive. It is just filtered city tap water. Don’t be fooled by the
names that suggest glaciers, mountain spring and artesian wells. Unlike tap water, there are no inspections of
bottled water plants. That is just the beginning of the problems with bottled water. More dirt.
Advantages of Brita
On a per litre basis, they are quite economic.
The chilled, filtered water is delicious. I have tasted water from other much more expensive filtration
systems. Brita tastes much much better.
You start with inspected tap water. At least you know it has no bacterial contaminants.
If your water has few particulates in it, the filter lasts much longer than advertised. If you have well water,
it will have particles that clog the filter in about a month.
Disadvantages of Brita
The filter looks symmetrical, but it is not. You have to rotate it through four possible positions to find the
one that fits. I can’t see any reason to do this other than irritate people. It is perhaps too late for them
to use a symmetrical geometry, but they could add matching indicator arrows on filter and jug so you can get the
orientation right on the first try.
The filters constantly leak little flecks of carbon. Most of this gets into the pre-filtered water container.
It is not harmful, just disconcerting. They need to put some sort of screen on the inside top of the filter to keep
these flecks in.
The containers were designed by a blithering idiot. There is nothing that holds the lid on. It keeps falling
off. The original model and the slimline versions were fine, but they have been discontinued. You have to be
careful to hold the lid on at all times.
The jugs are ridiculously overpriced. A similar plastic jug costs only a few dollars. Brita jugs sell at
Canada Tire periodically advertises them at half price. When you get to the store, they always have some flimsy
excuse why you can’t actually buy them at half price. Brita should not be selling through such a dishonest
The upper water container is opaque. This causes trouble with the following scenario. A fills the pitcher and
puts it back in the fridge. A few minutes later, B uses the pitcher to get a glass of water. Because the top
chamber is still full, when the pitcher is tipped, water floods out all over the counter. B can’t tell that
the water has not yet flowed into the bottom container.
Let the tap run until the water is cold before filling the pitcher. The filter is not designed to get rid of
the metallic taste of the early tap water.
Keep a second pitcher on the counter for filling the kettle. As well as making the water taste better, it helps
keep the kettle clean. There is no need to keep the water cold or to take up room in the fridge.
When filling the pitcher, make sure you don’t get water down the spout, bypassing the filter.
When you use some water, top up the pitcher right away. That way you will always have clean cold water without