Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Water, Pure and Simple



Shortly after our indoor plumbing was updated, I sent a water sample out to be tested. Although the test results were good, we felt more comfortable taking the cleanliness of our water one step further.

Our concerns were centered on the old water lines that supply our house. Despite updating our all of our property's water lines, the main line that runs to our house is old, very old. And old pipes aren't the cleanest.

So Hubby installed an under counter filter. It is plumbed into the cold supply line under the sink so now every time we get a glass of water, fill up the tea pot or steam rice...the water is filtered. Even our little Lucy will reap the benefits of cleaner water.

We opted for this model here, from Best Filters.

I like that this model allows you to have the benefits of filtered water without the visible hardware that usually goes along with it. We prefer sparse and simple in our kitchen so using an under counter filter was the perfect solution for us.

Filters are replaced once a year.

Cheers!

24 comments :

  1. We are in the market for a water filtration system and after reading the info from the link this sounds like an ideal filter. However, I was unable to find the replacement filter cartridge for this filter, I'm sure they have it, but as cost is a consideration, do you mind if I ask what these cost? Thanks, Frances

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  2. Water and light are so urgent. We all need it everyday. Your image is perfect - it's a photo for a special map.

    Greetings

    VINTAGE

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  3. You know I hadnt even thought about the old pipes. Ours are pretty old and I'm not sure if the last owners updated the 100 year old pipes before us so you have made me think of chasing it up!!
    alicia :0)

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  4. We have the same issue at our house,we also used the under cabinet filter system but I asked my huband to also install one under the bathroom sinks for teeth brushing. I hope you enjoy yours!

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  5. I buy filtered water from our local health food store, but have been thinking of a filter of my own. I don't care for the looks of the one above the sink, but the one you've chosen is a super idea. Your blog is wonderful and I can't wait to explore it further. I'll sign up as a follower too as I'm sure it will be a favorite. ♥

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  6. Hi Trina,

    Yes, we too have a water filtration system. It's called Brita! Your photography is beautiful.

    ~janet

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  7. Trina: I am a new kid on the block..Found your blog via "Flea Market Style" magazine. It's just wonderful!!!!!! I have 2. questions re your kitchen. 1.Faucet, sink ...where purchased?..2.counters from Ikea..do they come oiled..then you re-did it? Sorry if these have been already answered! We put in the same water filter last year..today we are very glad...we are having the worst floods ever here in Massachusetts!!! Again beautiful blog! Ellen

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  8. You counters are so nice and neat and clean! I am jealous of your "sparse and simple kitchen". I'd love to copy that, but have no idea what I'd do with my crap!

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  9. Take it from someone who contracted Giardhea from old dirty water pipes - new ones and the best filters are a must! They will be one of your best investments.

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  10. Are you on a well or do you have "city water"? The product information said it was for municipally treated water only. Just curious. We built a new house, but are on a well and I've used bottled water up 'til now, but I don't like the waste and having to haul all the recycling--those jugs take up a lot of room!

    I adore your blog---your house makes me smile.

    texasaggiemom

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  11. I just stumbled across your blog... THAT FAUCET in your kitchen! Please tell me everything about it because I have every intention of copying you. It's amazing!

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  12. can you let me know what your kitchen counter tops are? they are so very lovely........and I searched your blog and can't find it.....thank you!
    lynda
    lfitzgerald@platinumequity.com

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  13. Hi Anonymous, Our kitchen counters are from IKEA. They came unstained. We chose to stain them for a richer hue and used a food grade safe product by Safecoat. We chose the color 'cedar' and used a satin finish from the some company. Trina

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  14. Hi Peaches and Cream, We purchased our sink faucet from a store in Portland called, Rejuvenation. www.rejuvenation.com Trina ; )

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  15. Hi Anonymous,
    We are on city water here. And although our city water is considered to be some of the cleanest water in the world (water comes from Mt. Hood), it does get treated. I hadn't realized that there were different filters for city water vs. well water. I suppose that they're different contaminants in each. ; ) Trina

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  16. Your counters are so beautiful! I will have to tell my husband about the water filter. We are in the process of updating old pipes.

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  17. We are on well water and have a water filtration system for the whole house. We can tell a huge difference in the smell, taste, and feel of the water. There is nothing like clean, fresh water for drinking and bathing.

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  18. Thanks for that link. We are moving into our new/old house tomorrow and it's something I have been considering.

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  19. Hi Trina, we have a water filter in our fridge and the difference in taste is noticeable. Sounds like a very wise decision in your home. I've just noticed your kitchen windows - gorgeous! Rachaelxx

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  20. How do you take such nice, crisp pictures? I love the minimalist way you do things. Very unique. Enjoyed reading.

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  21. Dear Trina,
    I am passing on to you a "beautiful blogger" award. YOur site has become a favorite of mine, and I look forward to every post. You can swing by my blog to claim your prize. Thanks for a job so well done!
    Anne

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  22. Hi Trina!
    Wanted to tell you that I wrote up a long post about your home and this blog over at my own blog. Discovering your space this past weekend has been more inspirational and timely than you can imagine. So, I just wanted to say thanks.
    Kayla

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  23. Trina...we're having a filtration system installed under the sink also but we ended up with a seperate faucet for it. I *love* how your system is intergrated into your main faucet...our holes are drilled though...no turning back now! ;)

    xxoo J~

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  24. We have the same, but with a separate (& very fugly ugly faucet.) In our kitchen reno. I'll definitely get Russell the Plumber to do as you guys have done - once he gets back from his 6 week ski-ing holiday in France funded totally by the 4 hrs. he spent here @ The Hedge last year!!!! Have a lovely Easter weekend dear Trina & Mr. ACFH.
    Millie ^_^

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