Sometime ago I wrote “Alpine spring water straight to your back garden” describing a phenomenon that covers a relatively small area between the mountains and the sea in the North East of Italy.
In this area you can bore a pipe into the ground and you will find Alpine spring water perfectly drinkable. I grew up thinking this was normal and that drinking water was everywhere to be found!
My grandparents fresh water fountain
So you can imagine when I moved over to the UK and I switched to tap water.
That was a real shock to the system…I hated the taste and in that particular area the water was hard and filled with limescale too! I always noticed a slight film on top of my coffee and tea and my kettle was fuzzed up with limescale; Still, I refused to switch to bottled water instead I carried on drinking tap water thinking I would get used to it over time. I clearly never did.
When I fell pregnant with my first baby this became an issue as I was suddenly really sensitive to the taste of tap water and I found it undrinkable: it tasted “dirty” and horrible. That’s why I invested in a water filter: I could then tell the difference straight away: filtered water tasted clean, fresh and pleasant. I felt like a water connoisseur at the time!
I have been drinking filtered water ever since even if that does not come necessarily cheap. I felt just as eating good food, drinking water free from residues was equally important.
As I have always used the brand Brita I was keen on reviewing Brita Marella water filter. The jug is slimmer and takes less room on the table than the classic one (my old jug is now 8 years old) and it can fit right inside my fridge door. It also has a handy little flap which means that you can re-fill with tap water without the need to remove the lid.
The cartridges last for about 1 month but in my opinion you can use them for a good 6 weeks before there is any trace of limescale. To find them reasonably priced I buy mine on Amazon but sometimes I take advantage of supermarket offers.
Disclosure: I received a Brita water filter for review. All opinions are my own.