Category Archives: Bottled Water

3 Ways To Guarantee Great Tasting Drinking Water On The Road!

Plan For Clean Drinking Water When Vacation PlanningAt FridgeFilters.com, we take pride in the fact that our filters keep the drinking water in your home tasting clean, fresh and cool. But like you, we occasionally like to get out of our homes, especially as we get into the tail end of summer – dangerously close to back to school season.

We suspect we are also similar in the sense that when you leave your home, whether for a quick hike, camp or cross-country road trip, you want to be able to enjoy the same great tasting drinking water you get at home. Fortunately, our online store specializes in more than just fridge filters. Below, find three products that we proudly offer, each of which will ensure you only drink great tasting drinking water while out and about:

Filtered Water Bottle 2-Pack From Brita1. Brita Filtered Water Bottles – the fact that we are drinking a record amount of bottled water in this country is great from a hydration stand-point, but not so great when that eco-unfriendly bottle needs to be disposed of. That said, if you’re just off on a quick walk, hike or drive, a plastic bottle of water seems like an ideal companion. Until, of course, you meet the Brita filtered water bottles we offer.

These eco-friendly water bottles, pictured to the right, are free of BPA and offer you the same great tasting water you’ve come to expect from your fridge – whether you serve water from a dispenser or a pitcher. Even better, at less than $20 for a 2-pack, these bottles will pay for themselves almost immediately! Order Brita filtered water bottles from us online.

2. Katadyn Camping Filters – As great as a filtered water bottle is, sometimes a longer trip will require a filtration solution with just a bit more capacity. Fortunately, with our selection of products from Katadyn, we’ve got you covered for these lengthier excursions.

Katadyn Vario MicrofilterKatadyn is one of the most well-known providers of camping filters and filtration systems, and their products include the Vario microfilter to the left, featuring a filter life of 530 gallons. Katadyn camping filters are lightweight, easy to pack and effective at removing up to 99% of bacteria and viruses that can lurk in untreated water. A must-have for any serious outdoorsman or outdoorswoman! Order Katadyn camping filters from us online.

3. Culligan RV Water Filters – Whether you are a cross-country road tripper or a ‘glamper,’ there’s absolutely no reason your recreational vehicle should leave your driveway unless it’s ready to serve great tasting drinking water.

Before driving off, check out our selection of RV filters from Culligan. Our offerings include both exterior and inline filters, ensuring water is clean both when it fills your tank and pours from your faucet. Order Culligan RV filters from us online.

Just in case you’re leaving for that late summer trip in the next week, these and all products available at our online store ship same day, if ordered by 4pm CST.

If you have more ways to ensure you always have great tasting drinking water on the road, I invite you to share your story via a comment below. I also invite you to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or +1 us on Google+ to stay up to date on our latest water filter sales and discounts.

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Is The Safety Of My Fridge Water Impacted By Floods?

Flood Waters Impact Drinking Water SafetySeveral parts of the country, including our home state of Minnesota, have recently been deluged by rainstorms leading to significant issues with flooding. Part of the coverage related to this flooding, including stories published in both Minnesota and Missouri, has centered on the impact flood waters have on the safety of local drinking water.

This leads to perhaps the most important question of all, and one that we’ve heard from some FridgeFilters.com customers, is my drinking water safe?

In answering this question, we first need to determine where the drinking water dispensed by your fridge first originates from.

If your water comes from your municipality, ie ‘city water,’ the answer is very likely ‘yes.’ In the event of any contamination issues with local drinking water, cities will issue a boil water alert or advisory. Fortunately, most municipalities are quite good at being overly cautious in issuing these alerts if there is even a small chance of bacteria entering into a water supply (ie due to a sudden loss of water pressure or work on a water main.)

That said, there are notable recent exceptions, in both Portland, Oregon and Wake Forest, North Carolina where alerts were not issued quickly enough – leading to some residents reporting sickness and nausea.WellSafe Well Water Test Kit

The lesson that can be taken from this is that if there is ever a question on the safety of your municipal water, or worse, an ‘off’ taste or odor – boiling water prior to consuming or drinking only bottled water is advisable until a test can be conducted. Affordable DIY water test kits, available on our site here, can provide much of the data you need to make an initial determination.

If your fridge water originates from a private well, the issue is a little bit more involved, simply because every private well is different.

The stories linked to at the top of this post discuss the primary issue with well water safety as it relates to flooding: flood waters carry with them any number of contaminants, impurities and pathogens. As flood waters transform into run-off, they can quickly infiltrate wells, carrying all of these impurities with them.

If the water dispensed by your fridge is contaminated with pathogenic impurities, and face only the carbon filter in your fridge prior to pouring into your glass, these pathogens will still be present – for the simple reason that carbon filters are typically not designed to reduce bacteria.

Our advice for anyone living in flooded areas is this:

-          If you are a city water user, monitor the water news or reports in your area closely. Boil water alerts will typically be communicated through major news outlets.

-          If you are a well water user, test your water with a DIY well water kit as soon as possible. Even if your water test indicates that it is safe, our recommendation is still to flush your filtration systems and replace any filters in your home after all flood waters have subsided, to reduce any risk of being exposed to pathogens that may be trapped somewhere in your filters or system.

-          If there is even the smallest question related to the safety of your water, or any off flavor or odors, boil your water or use bottled water until a test can be completed. Alerting a rep from your local water company to your concerns may help expedite a formal lab test.

We also invite you to contact us directly with any additional questions at 1-800-683-8353 or to leave a question via a comment below.

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Break Your Plastic Bottled Water Habit This Earth Day

FridgeFilters.com Infographic - Real Cost of Plastic Water BottlesToday is Earth Day, and based on the sheer volume of plastic bottled water sales, we can happily report that Americans seem more dedicated to hydration than ever.

While we are all for healthy and hydrated living, our over-reliance on plastic bottled water is just a tad troubling.

As you surf the Internet or your news feeds today, you’ll no doubt see plenty of well-meaning ‘Ban The Bottle’ messages.  While we agree with the sentiment, you’ll have a very difficult time banning anything that has become a habit.  A habit cannot be banned.  A habit must be broken.

For this Earth Day, don’t try to go cold turkey on your plastic bottled water habit.  You’ll do a great deal to help if you just gradually cut back, especially if your friends follow suit. (Of course, we may be able to offer a little help from some filtered fridge water or a nice, eco-friendly water bottle :) )

If you need any inspiration to help as you try to break your habit, just click the infographic above to get a closer look at the facts behind plastic bottled water.  If you’d like to help others break this habit, please feel free to leave your thoughts via a comment below.

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Plastic Water Bottles: The Good, Bad & Ugly

Plastic Water Bottles - The GoodVery little in life is either all good or all bad.  Take plastic water bottles, for instance.  We hear the horror stories regarding BPA and see the images of over-stuffed landfills and could rightly assume that plastic water bottles are a scourge that need to be removed from our society.

But classifying plastic water bottles, or the bottled water industry, as just ‘good’ or ‘bad’ misses out on some of the subtleties behind this issue – and even some of the good that the growth in the bottled water industry represents.

Before you make your next bottled water purchase, or next time you find yourself taking sides in a plastic water bottle debate, ensure that you are armed with the good, bad and the ugly facts below:

The Good of Plastic Water Bottles:
Recent data indicates that the bottled water industry brings in nearly 12 billion dollars each year.  Before we dig into whether or not this represents a good trend, let’s first acknowledge that if nothing else this indicates that Americans are on a water drinking kick.  And considering some reports indicate up to 75% of Americans suffer from dehydration, and that our own First Lady had to schoolmarm up the airwaves to plead with us to drink more water, this can’t be a bad thing, right?

Plastic Water Bottles - Seabed PollutionThe Bad of Plastic Water Bottles:
In the Pacific Ocean is a trash vortex as big as the size of Texas.  Much of this trash vortex is made up of plastics used in the manufacture of products like plastic water bottles.  Some studies indicate that 10% of all plastic used will someday make it into our oceans.  On top of this, 80% of plastic water bottles will end up in landfills where they will slowly degrade, releasing toxic chemicals along the way.  This is about as far from good as you can possibly be.

The Ugly of Plastic Water Bottles:
As of 2009, one person at the FDA was in charge of bottled water oversight, per data cited by the bottled water documentary Tapped.  That’s one person overseeing the safety of a multi-billion dollar industry.  Tapped, and several other sources rightly report that most water used in plastic water bottles differs very little from the water pouring from your municipal source.  The key difference, of course, is that bottling water exposes it to BPA, an industrial chemical used in plastics that may seep into food or beverages.

Dark Side of Plastic Water BottlesFor those that are comfortable with the small risk posed by BPA or with the fact that the bottled water industry has a relative lack of oversight, there is one more ugly fact that is sure to trouble anyone:  bottled water, by the gallon, is twice the cost of gasoline.  Here’s the math:

20 oz bottle of water = $1.50.
One gallon = 128 ounces.
128 ounces = 6.4 bottles of water.
6.4 x $1.50 = $9.60.

If you are drinking one bottle of water from time to time, and you are responsible with your trash, you will likely experience only the good of bottled water.  But if you are buying it consistently by the case, you could wind up spending thousands of dollars lifetime on a product no different, no safer – and potentially more harmful to your health and to our planet’s health when taken in large doses – than what you could get by turning on your tap.

If you are trying to break a bottled water habit, or at the very least trying to significantly cut back, here are some products that we would recommend.  Note that making the switch to any of the products below will give you the great taste you are looking for from bottled water, provide you with a beverage with significantly fewer contaminants – and, of course – save you money in the long run:Brita Faucet Filters

1. Faucet Water Filtration Systems – manufactured by brands ranging from Culligan to Brita, a faucet filter will easily connect to most sinks and reduce up to 99% of contaminants that can cause water flavor issues.  Simply turning on your faucet will give you the great tasting water that bottled water can only hope to achieve.

2. Water Filter Pitchers – While Brita may be the most popular, brands ranging from PUR to 3M offer water filter pitchers that give you the same great tasting water, virtually contaminant free, that is easy to chill to fridge temp.

Klean Kanteen Green Stainless Steel Water Bottle3. Water Filter Bottles – most that buy bottled water will do so on the go, rather than at home.  Water filter bottles from companies ranging from Brita to Klean Kanteen start at around $23 and will filter up to 99% of contaminants from 20 or more gallons of water.  These things pay for themselves after just a few uses – and like their in-home counterparts, will give you great tasting, virtually contaminant free drinking water that bottled water manufacturers only wish they could promise.

The growth of the bottled water market means we are drinking more water as a culture.  If we can just scale back our dependence on bottled water, and focus instead on just drinking water, we can take the good without the bad that comes along with it.

If you need help finding or placing an order for a water filter or water filter bottle, please call our customer service department at 1-800-683-8353.

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How Much Are You Paying for Tap Water?

At Fridge Filters, we're big fans of filtered water. We're not such big fans of disposable plastic water bottles. That's because water you buy at the store can cost anywhere from 50-2700 times more than filtered water from your faucet.

Say No to Water Coolers

Some supporters of bottled water may claim that their bottled water is from fresh mountain springs or secluded mineral wells on remote islands, however those claims may not be true. Recently, several businesses have been duped by water companies advertising "fresh, great-tasting spring water" when, in fact, it is merely municipal tap water. 

 

A plumbing company in Chicago recently filed a lawsuit against Nestlé Waters North America for this terrible lie in advertising. It was quoted "Nestlé Waters' failure to discloser this critical fact caused consumers to purchase five-gallon jugs thatthey wouldn't have otherwise purchased… and caused consumers to pay more" than municipal water costs.

 

Nestlé Waters North America is believed to have a 32% market share in the bottled water industry and sells brands like Ice Mountain, Poland Spring, Arrowhead, Deer Park, and Nestlé Pure Life. With so many brands under one corporate giant, this lawsuit could change the face of the bottled water industry. There is already an increased focus on bottled water sources, labeling, cost, and environmental issues surrounding production. 

 

Over the years, there have been other lawsuits similar to this one. Even major companies like Pepsi and Coca-Cola have been involved in them. At the end of the day, it's important to know that tap water in America is some of the best you can get in the world. Why pay 2700 times more when you can get the same great, quality water right from the filter? 

 

Water for Panem: Hunger Games and the Hunt for Good Water

OK we'll admit it. We are obsessed. Have you seen the movie? Read the books? Are you Catching Fire too? Yep, we're talking about The Hunger Games.

If you're like us, with Panem ever on your radar, you've noticed Hunger Games merchandise just about Bottled water money everywhere. You can spend your hard-earned tesserae on a Hunger Games board game, Effie Trinket nail polish, a Hunger Games Snuggie (seriously), and even…wait for it…

Hunger Games water. 

Really.

h20 Spring Water has partnered with The Hunger Games to be the film's official water. While we see the tie-in (finding water was Katniss' first objective in the Arena, after all) doesn't this sound like something they'd drink in the Capitol? You know, while so many others go without clean water?

Luckily for us, we don't live in the Districts and our tap water is just as safe as bottled water. Though we admit that even Haymitch would approve of h2O's eco-friendly packaging, we'd rather fill one of these stainless steel Arena-Proof water bottles with filtered water from our tap.

You don't have to travel the the twelve districts to find good water–it's right in your home, where you're safe from trackerjackers, Cato's weapons, and President Snow.

So join the revolution and overthrow the bottle! 

Firewater

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FridgeFilters Kanteen Giveaway : One bottle at a time


The Klean Kanteen Reflect bottle is great! I love my Klean Kanteen and I know a lot of you are interested in getting one as well. We will continue to give away a free bottle with every 100 likes, but I thought I would let you know if you wanted to get your’s today we are offering 50% off with the coupon code FBKANTEEN

To enter the drawing for a free Klean Kanteen Reflect 27-ounce bottle all you have to do is like our page at www.facebook.com/fridgefilters. We are giving away a Klean Kanteen to a randomly selected fan of our Facebook page every time we get 100 new “likes”.

Why are we giving away Klean Kanteens? We feel that throwing out all those single-use plastic bottles just doesn’t make sense. Instead of using a plastic PET bottle you can save money by switching to a reusable bottle like the Klean Kanteen Reflect.

Together we can make a difference one bottle at a time!


The problem with the old way: Each year in the US alone we buy 29 billion single serve bottles of water and more than half of those bottles will not be recycled. To make things worse, plastic bottles can leach harmful chemicals into your drinking water.

A better future with the new way: A reusable bottle makes it easy to be safe and healthy while saving money and reducing plastic waste. The Klean Kanteen Reflect bottle is 100% plastic-free and comes with a stylish bamboo lid. Klean Kanteen products are made from food grade stainless steel and are 100% BPA-free. The Reflect Bottle is the perfect way to take clean filtered water with you everywhere you go.

A semester of clean water

Backpack, check. iPod, check. Meal plan…maybe, what’s the cafeteria like? Sound familiar? Before you head back to school this Fall make sure you add one more item to your list, a water pitcher. Drinking plenty of water helps you stay healthy and alert. A recent study by researchers at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City that monitored college students found that students who showed mild signs of dehydration also reported they felt less energetic and focused.

Brita Classic Water Pitcher

Drinking water is essential for an active and healthy lifestyle, but how do you make sure to drink enough water every day? One thing that really helps is to make sure you have easy access to clean drinking water. Those old pipes in your dorm may not deliver the best water, but with a Brita Pitcher you can filter out the contaminants and have great tasting water to drink at any time.

Bottled water is expensive and has a negative impact on the planet, but unfiltered tap water often has an unpleasant taste or smell. Brita filters remove bad taste and odor along with lead and other impurities to give you cleaner, better tasting drinking water. Using a Brita Pitcher with a built in water filter is the ideal way to stay hydrated on campus. Be good to your body, drink lots of water!

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Independent Investigation of Bottled Water finds unsavory results

Bottled water

I came across this article from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) where they tested 10 major brands of bottled water and found common chemical pollutants present in some samples. The report claims that bottled water from the Walmart brand (Sam’s Choice) and Giant Foods’ Acadia brand contained trihalomethanes, a disinfectant byproduct, in levels that exceed California standards for safe drinking water. The bottles tested came from manufacturing plants from several states, but some states tested far better than others. So what does it all mean?

First, you should know that the state of California has stricter standards for public drinking water than the rest of the country. This means that a chemical can violate the legal limit for a contaminant in the state of California and still be legal in another state. California also enforces stricter standards than the FDA when it comes to bottled water, which says more about the lack of action from the FDA than it does the state of California. Water that is bottled outside of California doesn’t have to meet the state’s safety standards to be sold there. Though, personally, when it comes to drinking water I want the best water quality possible.

According to the EWG study Walmart representatives acknowledged that Las Vegas tap water was the source for some of their bottled water. This easily explains how disinfection byproducts, like trihalomethanes, were found in their bottled water. Trihalomethanes are the result of a naturally occurring chemical reaction between chlorine and waterborne contaminants, so it isn’t unusual to find the contaminant in tap water that is disinfected with chlorine. Of course, the marketing of bottled water products leads you to believe that the water is more than just ordinary tap water.

Water from the faucet

If you look at the label on bottled water you will usually see a lot of 0′s. 0 grams of sugar, 0 grams of fat, etc. The bottled water industry uses this tactic to make you think their drinking water is more “pure” and safer than tap water. Trihalomethanes are not safe to drink and at higher concentrations have been linked to cancer and birth defects. Not all bottled water is created equal. The EWG believes that the FDA needs to crack down on the misleading labeling and marketing of bottled water as a safer way to drink water. As the article points out “Consumers could have obtained much better drinking water simply by installing a home tap water filter at a fraction of the bottled water cost.”

At the end of the day the message is to make sure you know what’s in your water. Take control of your drinking water quality and consider filtering and bottling your own water (preferably in a reusable bottle). At least this way you can be sure exactly what you are putting in your body when you take that first refreshing sip of water.