London drinking water, alternatives?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in England
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sinanpsinanp Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in England
Hello

I've been drinking London tap water for some time but have had enough of scummy tea and the rather poor taste of it, wondering if anyone can advise on alternatives? I'm not too keen on bottled water given the cost and mountains of unnecessary plastic that requires recycling so thinking about a couple of alternatives:

1) water cooler type solution. Anyone with past experiences, recommended suppliers?
2) some sort of tap filter system? Again recommendations and suppliers

Or any other alternatives?


Many thanks!

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  • Savvy_SueSavvy_Sue Forumite
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    I was reading my local water board's website today, and their tip was to put a covered jug of water in the fridge and any chlorine taste would disappear overnight.

    However, we use a jug water filter, and I know when to change the filter by how icky my tea tastes ...

    The 'plumbed-in' systems I've seen usually aren't suitable for drinking water.
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  • sinanpsinanp Forumite
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    Thanks for the advice, I'm still a bit wary about all the chemicals etc that go into purifying tap water over prolonged use periods hence was thinking about changing to some sort of bulk spring water etc, the big drums of water offices use etc. Any advice on this or any of the above thinking welcome!
  • sinanpsinanp Forumite
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    Any further advice much appreciated!
    sinanp wrote: »
    Thanks for the advice, I'm still a bit wary about all the chemicals etc that go into purifying tap water over prolonged use periods hence was thinking about changing to some sort of bulk spring water etc, the big drums of water offices use etc. Any advice on this or any of the above thinking welcome!
  • kandyflosskandyfloss Forumite
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    I find that if I don't boil my water in the kettle for long enough then that often leaves a scum on the surface.

    Sometimes our water starts to taste funny so I revert to bottled water for a few days and then the taste I find dissapears.When you go away from your home for holidays do you run the taps for a time to let any water that has been standing in the pipes for a week or two to be replaced by fresh water?I always do this in all the taps throughout the house catching the water in either the washing up bowl or some empty milk bottles{Cravendale} and use this water to water either my indoor houseplants or to chuck on the plants outside.

    I don't live in London myself so have never tasted the quality of the water so don't know whether your problem with the taste is all the time or only occassionaly...
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