When I was evaluating what I needed to change after my allergy testing results, I started to research our city water. I found out that as far as municipal water goes, Minneapolis does a great job. There is even a local organization promoting tap water over bottles water, which I totally support. However, I also found out that to meet regulations, the city has to treat the water with chloramines. (I called the treatment center and spoke to a staff person there to verify.) For the ultra-sensitive like myself, this could pose a problem.
After I found that information out, I began to research filtration options that would not introduce other risks/exposures and that had a low cost of entry. I settled on activated charcoal/carbon as a option that would be easy to implement and well supported in studies (this is what many filters like Britta are made out of). Sadly, I could not find a way to filter shower water without plastic being involved, so I settled on the simplest activated charcoal filter I could find. For drinking water, I was able to find an exciting option: Kishu charcoal! It is a pleasingly minimalist solution:
In the package I ordered, I got 3 sticks. I opted for using the smallest one in a drinking glass on my bedside stand, the middle sized one in a small pitcher on the dining table and the largest in a pitcher in the kitchen.
I refresh them every few weeks in boiling water and will eventually need to buy another round after a few months. But, when that time comes, I can use the sticks in the garden or as a deodorizer in the fridge. Win-win!
As for the taste of the water, it could be a placebo effect, but I love it! I think it tastes really good! Plus, having a pitcher of room temperature water in plain site has meant I drink more water and that the water I am drinking is at a temperature my acupuncturist would approve of.