Moving to a new city has it's perks, but it also means inheriting a new set of very old pipes.
No matter where you live, there's a good chance that your water is a bit contaminated. In general, water treatment plants work to combat any local water pollutants, but do so by adding disinfectants like chlorine and similar chemicals. While most of our days are spent drinking filtered office water, I started to search for how to make our home tap water a more palatable experience too.
Water contamination has it's own risks, at varying levels and exposures, and every town is required to mail the local annual water quality report to its citizens. If you're looking to nerd out on what's hanging out in your most privileged resource, the Environmental Working Group has a great guide on how to read your local water report and also on how to choose a water filter accordingly.
At-home water filtration options are plentiful, but not all filters are created equally. There are also some very basic options available, and even the simplest technology that is used to purify water across the world is available for the home.
In our own recent hunt for water filtering, we've selected to try a more sustainable solution: charcoal. Activated charcoal is actually a relatively primitive filtration method, and it's a form of activated carbon, which is used in most modern water filters today. What's even more lovely about these sticks is that after you're done using them, they won't end up in a landfill somewhere for the next hundred years. Instead, you can give them a second life in your garden or use as a kitchen deodorizer .
The most readily available brands of charcoal are made of responsibly harvested Japanese oak, and are renowned for their ability to remove impurities, attract chemical compounds and impart alkalizing benefits in your water. Each stick lasts around four months, and using it is as simple as opening a reusable glass bottle and filling it with water.