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    What is the best faucet water filter to buy? Thanks.

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    The best is the one that removes all of whatever is in the water that you have to remove.

    So what and how much of it is in your water?
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    On city water, none.

    The biggest con of all time. Second only to anything with ions in it.

    Tap water is great.

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    I installed a Pur FM-9500 3-stage water filter 2 years ago. We use city water and at first I could not tell the difference between filtered and unfiltered. But after a couple of weeks, I could discern the chlorine taste and odor in the unfiltered and the lack thereof in the filtered. The downside is that it takes about 2-3 minutes to fill a quart pitcher and also, there are leaks between the unit and the faucet, and leaks at the seams between the parts of the unit. After I use up the last of 4 replacement filters (a filter last about 4 mos.) I will shop around for a filter that filters faster and is leak proof! Before this, I had an Omni whole-house filter but the plastic housing kept getting hairline cracks after a few years use. After 2 failures I gave up on them. I believe in filtering drinking water because it taste better and the filters look cruddy when I take them out.

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    I use the PUR faucet-mounted filters as well.

    In my house, for some reason they start to leak after about a year so I just replace the whole unit.

    While it's not absolutely necessary to filter city tap water, I like to think that eliminating some of the organic compounds (like pesticides and pharmaceutical products which seem to be in most metropolitan water supplies), is a good thing.

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    What Pur filter are you using that removes pharmaceuticals?

    When it comes to good filters, a faucet tip type is a toy, marketed to filter dollars out of your wallet.

    And anyone simply improving taste by removing chlorine, should be aware that that is not what harms you, it's the THMs (DPBs) that do you in. That's trihalomethanes and disinfection by products (of chlorine) if they are present in your water.

    BTW, all waters contain invisible dirt that can be removed by a filter, but that 'dirt', it can't hurt you. If you are worried about that, you should be walking around breathing through an air filter, air is much dirtier than your water and what you breath goes right into your blood stream; dirt in water doesn't.
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    Default question about leaks from 1/4" poly tubing

    Quote Originally Posted by Fudog View Post
    What is the best faucet water filter to buy? Thanks.
    Reverse osmosis is the best and most cost effective. Only distilled is better, but is very expensive. The city water here has 360 TDS, very high and lots of bad stuff. The RO unit reduces the water to 10 TDS. I've used only distilled or RO water for the last 30 years and it's much better than tap. You should be able to get a good RO unit for $120 to 150 with shipping.

    I hope someone can help to answer a question. I'm replacing the auto shut off value on my unit and the 1/4 inch plastic tubing keeps leaking at the fittings. The plastic fittings are the type that you push in to release. Otherwise they're supposed to be snug, but they're not. They keep leaking. I've cut off any parts with scratches and tried to make sure the tubing is as round as possible.

    Any suggestions to keep them from leaking?

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    TDS is Total Dissolved Solids, it is not harmful and the EPA MCL is 500 ppm. So 360 ppm TDS is not bad or harmful.

    And distilled water is not as good as RO, all TOCs and VOCs go right through a distiller, UNLESS it has a carbon post filter; many don't.

    If your fittings are leaking, and you've trimmed the end of the tubing and still have leaks, you need new fittings. The internal o-ring in the fittings are probably bad. Or your water pressure could be too high.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnlvs2run View Post
    The city water here has 360 TDS, very high and lots of bad stuff. The RO unit reduces the water to 10 TDS.
    The TDS is 360 from the tap.

    The city lists a range of 410 to 790 and an average of 589.

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