Does your tap water taste awful or make you sick even when filtered? Mine did. Are you tired of boiling water? Are you as concerned with plastic bottles in the environment (not to mention increasing oil needs) or are bottled water prices too high? Is your fridge not equipped with water in the door or is the filter not good enough? Do you just want cleaner, safer, unchemically treated water?
You should probably try RO water. Primo (formerly Culligan) water in grocery stores is made through the RO (Reverse Osmosis) process. RO is a process than filters unwanted paricles from water on the molecular level, making it ideal for removing harmful substances. It is very expensive a to purchase and time consuming to run a RO unit (not impossible, marina aquariests tend to do it), but it is quite a pain to deal with. Even if you did run an RO unit it would not meet the same standards as Primo. They also use ultra violete lights to kill harmful bacteria as well as other processes (check out their website for the rest, not I am not being paid for this, but I probably should be.) Also, if you refill your own containers the water only costs .37 a gallon making it a money saver compared to bottled (or even disttilled) water.
Okay, so this sounds like a good idea, where to go from there? Keeping a 3-5 gallon bottle of water in the fridge is pretty unrealistic. Of course you can keep containers of your size discretion and tastes in your fridge to house the water, but you’ll need something else for every day stuff.
A water cooler might be the answer. Unfortunately, for me a floor style water cooler is both too expensive takes up too much space and is just too much of an eye sore. I’m not a fan of the countertop models for the same reason. The big, white, dated ceramic crock seemed like a good idea, but I just couldn’t get over how ugly it was. I went on the look out for something nicer to fit my needs. What I found turned out to be perfect. It is attractive, sturdy, less expensive and even smaller than the other choices, but the best part is, it fit into my decor and works as practically as the crock. I found a ceramic drink dispenser.
Yep, it’s a drink dispenser, but as sturdy as the crock and works perfectly as a water cooler. There are however several advantages to this one other than the style and price. It also comes with a lid, so when the big blue bottle of water runs out, you can take it off and put the lid on. Since it can also be used as a drink dispenser (which comes in handy at parties) this doesn’t become a relic if you ever decide not to use the water cooler in the future. The tap comes off easily for washing and with it off, this bad boy is dishwasher safe.
Here is what it looks like in my kitchen with a 3 gallon bottle.
Please excuse the super ugly cabinets, it’s a rental. As a side note the towel is there to cover the cabinet the cooler is sitting on (it was a thrift store find with problems) not spills from the cooler.
Alternatively you could skip displaying the blue plastic bottle entirely and go with a larger dispenser. This one is 2 gallons and could be used in that fashion for $20. What do you think? How do you deal with water issues?