After being driven out of my vault and into the atomic wasteland, I was soon starving for some fresh water. Alas, China’s nuclear weaponry had turned every source of water into a puddle of irradiated goo. As luck would have it, though, I found a water purifier at the Jefferson Memorial!
Wait, that’s the beginning of Fallout 3.
Apparently the tap water in my new apartment tastes extremely bad. I knew beforehand that the ground water in my new city has a lot of lime in it, but it was still quite shocking to find out how much. I am however an avid drinker of tap water, but when it tastes this bad even I consider buying bottled water.
Because I’ve never bought a single bottle of water in my entire life I almost had a heart attack when I saw the prices of bottled water: €0.5/l! Considering an average person drinks, or rather should drink, 2 liters of water every day, those prices would run up to €30 every month, which is about 1.5% of my savings rate.
When mentioning my dilemma to one of my friends he recommended a water filtration system because it worked wonders for him. An hour later I was the proud owner of a €20 Brita Marella XL, which can filter about 3.5l in one go. Why did I run to the store so fast? Basic math!
Buying bottled water would cost me about €30 every month, whereas the purifier is much, much cheaper. The system itself costs only €20 and uses €3.6 filters that last an entire month. Considering that tap water only costs 0.005 euros – that’s 0.5 cent – per liter, the cost of the water every month is €0.3, a negligible amount. In total, Brita water is just under €4 every month or only €0.065/l, whereas bottled water costs €0.50/l.
And the best part is that the tap water now tastes great. Or maybe the best part is I won’t have to haul water bottles around. Or maybe the best part is I share the filtration system with my roommate, which reduces the cost per liter even further. Or maybe the best part is that this solution is a lot more environmentally friendly than buying plastic bottles all the time.
Do you drink plain old tap water or have a cellar full of bottles? If you buy bottled water and don’t like tap water, consider trying a filtration system. It might save you a lot of money.
No Super Mutants were harmed in the process of acquiring the water purifier.