Thursday, January 10

Jacksonville City Water That Tastes Good

I recently received my automatic order for my EveryDrop filter, and it seems like a good time to revisit the water situation in Jacksonville. It's not as bad as you might think, but since I don't like the taste of the natural elements in the water, I spend $50 every six months on a filter. I go with the EveryDrop filter because it's the manufacturer-recommended filter and it has some certifications that seem important. And the water tastes just right.

We have a Whirlpool refrigerator, so EveryDrop is the default filter. Depending on the brand you buy, you may have a different filter brand recommended to you. I don't always go with the recommendation, but I did in this case, partially because I don't trust Whirlpool. That might sound weird, but hear me out. Our dishwasher simply does not work unless we use the awfully expensive Cascade that's recommended by Whirlpool. I wish it worked with other brands, but it doesn't. Using this reasoning, I figure I probably have to go with the recommended water filter if I don't want problems with my refrigerator. At $100 a year instead of $40 for the off-brand, it's not a huge cost (although it is a big difference). I accept it, at least for now.

The EveryDrop filter is also certified to reduce pharmaceuticals, which is better than at least one of the generic brands I looked at. Here's a partial description of the EveryDrop:
Reduces 23 contaminants, including pharmaceuticals, waterborne parasites, lead, mercury, and pesticides.

The Mist filter, for example, is only certified to take out chlorine. It might do more than that, but there's no proof of it. If you're good with whatever else might be in your water but dislike the chlorine taste, then a cheap filter might be fine. Or if you don't really drink water and it's just for your in-laws when they come over.

If you want better tasting and at least marginally safer Jax water for your Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, JennAir, or Amana refrigerator, do a little research to make sure you're getting the filtering you want. EveryDrop seems expensive, but it's still a lot cheaper than buying bottled water for six months.