I hope you are all having a good weekend so far. I know it’s only Sunday but I couldn’t think of a better title…so Thirsty Thursday it is. It’s been a while since I’ve shared anything, but life has been pretty busy. But with all good things! 🙂
Anyway, the main topic of today’s blog post is all about [drumroll please]….water filters. Yup. It’s riveting. I know it might seem a little random, but let me explain why I decided to write about water filters.
First, I am currently training for the Chicago marathon and I mostly run along the Lakeshore Path. For those of you who are not familiar with Chicago, the Lakeshore Path is a 20 mile paved trail along lake Michigan for runners and cyclists. It’s nice because it is car free, there are beautiful views of the city, and there are a lot of water fountains along the way (or bubblahhhh’s if you are from Massachusetts or Rhode Island. And apparently eastern Wisconsin- who knew). The water fountains help a lot during my longer runs because I don’t have to worry about staying hydrated or carry around extra water bottles.
Interestingly enough, I’ve noticed a lot of water fountains have been continuously running this summer. I didn’t think much about it other than it seems like a waste and they should probably find a way to turn them off. But then again, I figured there is probably a reason why. But not one to care enough about.
Fast forward a few weeks and news article pops up on my newsfeed that explains just that.
Apparently, levels of lead can reach as high as 80 times the “safe” amount when the water is stagnant. Mmmm…sounds refreshing. I then started to think twice about how much water I consumed from the fountains and also began thinking about how much other crap we consume without even realizing it.
Second, I had my bachelorette party in Savannah, Georgia last weekend (which was a blast) and it was H-O-T hot. Luckily we were smart enough to keep ourselves hydrated during our “mild” activities, especially since we were indulging on
quite a few adult beverages. This, too, got me thinking about how important it is drink water throughout the day….and about how that water should be clean. [Preferably not from plastic water bottles].
Now enter the thought of water filters. Luckily Brian and I have one built into our fridge, but nevertheless the lead issue and the hot and humid Georgia weather got me thinking about different ways to get clean water. I did a little research and came across a great review of the top six water filters on reviews.com. The best part is that they spent months analyzing dozens of popular pitchers and faucet water filters (so I didn’t have to!). Their reviewers also consulted with industry experts from the Water Quality Association and compared filter models, initial cost, and lifetime cost of filters to create a handy guide for consumers. Not to mention that using a filter can replace hundreds of store-bought plastic water bottles.
In any event, I felt that this was important to share because I’m all about being healthy, environmentally friendly, and cost savvy. And because who knows how much lead I’ve consumed this summer.
A few photos from my trip to Savannah!