5 Drinking Water Week Add-Ons You Can Add-Into Your Cart For Less

WaterSafe Well Water Test KitWe are currently in the midst of Drinking Water Week, an occasion marked by the American Water Works Association as a time when water professionals forge closer connections with those they serve.  While this is undoubtedly an important occasion, our team at DiscountFilterStore.com already adheres to this idea every day.

So rather than using Drinking Water Week to remind you of what you likely already know, we’re instead taking this opportunity to bring you closer to some of the lesser known products you may not be aware that we offer.

Better yet, all through Drinking Water Week, we’re offering the products below – and all products on our site, in fact – for 5% off!  Just use the code ‘DrinkWater’ when you place your order online.

3M Filtrete Whole House Filtration System O-Rings1. Water Test Kits – if you are a well water user or have running water in a cabin, a water test kit should be in your hands at least twice per year.  We offer water filters that can deal with nearly any type of contaminant or impurity.  But unless we know exactly what you are dealing with in your water, there is only so much we can do.

On our site, we are happy to offer water test kits that range in price between around $20 (for quick DIY measurements) all the way up to kits that go for closer to $200 and include formal lab testing.  See our full selection of water test kits here.

Frigidaire PAULTRA Refrigerator Air Filter2. O-Rings and Lubricant – we can’t count the number of times that a leaky filter or filtration system we’ve troubleshot with a customer  has hinged on one simple and inexpensive part: the ubiquitous O-ring.

O-rings, O-ring lubricant and dozens of other types of critical yet affordable accessories are proudly offered on our site as a complement to each of the filters and systems that we offer.  If you are ever unsure of all the components you will need to properly install or maintain your system, please feel free to call our customer service team at 1-800-277-3458.  See our full list of parts and accessories, including O-rings and lubricant, here.

Rid O Rust Rust Stain Remover3. Refrigerator Air Filters – foul taste and odor coming from your refrigerator can come from more than just the water you dispense.  A refrigerator air filter, the most popular of which is the Frigidaire PAULTRA pictured, partners with your water filter to effectively manage the cleanliness of two major elements within your refrigerator.  See our full selection of refrigerator air filters here.

4. Rust Stain Remover – we offer a fairly comprehensive selection of cleaning products on our site, but Rid O Rust stain remover is by far one of the most popular.  Formulated to be biodegradable, Rid O Rust will quickly remove rust from nearly any surface, from the inside of your sink to the outside of your boat.  For well water users that live with water heavy in iron, this should always be beneath your sink or in your garage.  Buy Rid O Rust stain remover here.

5. Coffee Machine Water Filter – fact: you can’t have great coffee without great water.  Built for Bosch and Siemens automatic coffee machines, the Claris water filter cartridge we offer ensures only the cleanest water makes it through your coffee machine and into your cup.  A must have for anyone using an automatic coffee machine from one of these two brands.  Buy our Claris coffee machine water filter, for Bosch and Siemens automatic coffee machines, here.

Are there other water filters or filtration products that you know you need but have had trouble finding?  Connect with us directly, either via a comment below or by calling our customer service team at 1-800-277-3458, and we’ll help you find them!  And when we do, we’ll remind you to use discount code ‘DrinkWater’ so you can get what you need for 5% off!* (Through Monday, May 12th.)

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Why Should Filtered Water Be Used In Coffee Machines?

Should Filtered Water Be Used In Coffee MachineMore than 400 billion cups consumed annually.

Grown commercially in 45+ countries.

Representative of 75% of all caffeinated beverages consumed in the United States.

Coffee is more than just a beverage.  It’s a powerhouse, economic-game changer and daily savior.  For a commodity this important, why is it that many will scoff at the sight of someone using filtered water to brew their daily cup?

Much of this likely has to do with the perception that heating water will kill off most forms of contamination and that the flavor of the coffee will mask any remaining issues.  Another perception is that city or municipal water is already perfectly safe to drink, so why fuss over what’s going into the coffee pot?  Unfortunately, there are some major problems with these perceptions.

Coffee & Clean Drinking WaterThe first has to do with the flavors imparted by water-based contaminants that make it into coffee.  While heating water to an appropriate temperature will help to kill off any naturally occurring germs or bacteria that may slip through, man-made chemicals will still leave a lasting impression in your cup even when heated.  Most specifically, chlorine.

Karen Paterson, owner of Hula Daddy Kona Coffee in Hawaii shares that coffee that comes out tasting flat, overly bitter or harsh will oftentimes have chlorine or other man-made chemicals to blame.  In addition to recommending a brew temperature of 200 degrees Fahrenheit, Paterson recommends a high quality water filter, designed to reduce chemicals such as chlorine, organic odors and algae.

Other types of contaminants, including dirt, sediment and limescale, can impact the flavor of your coffee by making it into your cup today and by clogging up your coffee machine tomorrow.  Using only filtered water in your coffee machine will virtually eliminate the issues that sediments can cause.

Finally, there will always be groups of people that scoff at any type of product designed to serve filtered water.  After all, most municipal water in the US is treated and is perfectly safe to drink.  While this may be true, ‘safe to drink’ and ‘clean tasting’ are not always the same thing – just as ‘treated water’ can be very different than ‘filtered water.’

When drinking water leaves a treatment plant, it is often bulked up with chemicals ranging from chlorine to fluoride.  As it moves through pipes and pours through your faucet, it will pick up any number of sediments present in either the path to your home, or if you live in an older home, in your very pipes.  A true coffee aficionado will not let any of these chemicals, sediments or corresponding off-flavors anywhere near their daily mug.HM Digital TDS-4 Water Test Meter

If you are looking for a solution to ensure only the cleanest filtered water is used in your coffee, we would recommend one or more of the following products below:

  • TDS Meter – like the one pictured to the left, will provide you with an indication of the level of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) in your drinking water.  Most drinking water in the US will range anywhere from a score of 100 (relatively low) to 500 (highest allowed by EPA.)  A lower score means you likely will not need as hard core of filtration equipment.
  • ZeroWater Filtered Water Pitcher – designed to reduce 99.99% of dissolved solids, this pitcher will eliminate virtually all off-flavors from drinking water.  The ZD-010 pitcher to the left even comes with a TDS meter.ZeroWater ZD-010 Water Pitcher
  • Reverse Osmosis Filtration system – if you experience significant water quality issues, investing in a reverse osmosis filtration system may be wise.  Beyond ensuring filtered water is used in your coffee, this type of system will improve the water quality in your home overall.

Many coffee machines will also offer their own specific types of water filters, including the Bosch / Siemens water filter cartridge below.

If you are a lifelong or in-training coffee aficionado seeking the best way to ensure only the cleanest, best tasting filtered water is used in your daily cup, we would encourage you to 461732 Claris Water Filter Cartridge for Bosch Siemens Coffee Machinesconsider one or more of the products above, or if you have additional questions, to call our customer service department at 1-800-277-3458.

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