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Even for those of us who like the way our tap water tastes — shout-out to the beautiful Esopus Creek that feeds New York City’s water supply — filtering your water can have major benefits. The simplest carbon filters can help remove chemicals like chlorine and metals like mercury, making your water both safer to drink and better tasting. Though municipal water supplies are regulated by the EPA, that accounts for only 90 chemicals, says Dr. Aly Cohen, integrative rheumatologist on the faculty at the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. There are many contaminants including bacteria, agricultural runoff, microplastics, pharmaceutical remnants, lead, and other heavy metals that can still make their way into your drinking water. With the increasing number of natural disasters, like fires and floods, because of climate change, more pollutants than ever are getting into our water systems — and in turn our tap water.
If you aren’t able to install a full on water filtration system under your sink (or aren’t looking for that kind of financial commitment), a water filter pitcher or countertop water filter is a great place to start. Not only do these filters clean up your water at home, having one can also drastically reduce the amount of plastic waste you create from buying individual water bottles on the go. It’s also safer to drink filtered water from a reusable water bottle you fill up at home than to drink water that’s been sitting in plastic bottles in the back of an unrefrigerated truck or hot warehouse for who knows how long. “We really don’t know the history of our water in plastic before it gets to us,” says Cohen, explaining that harmful chemicals from single-use plastic bottles often leach into the water they contain.
Water Purifying Systems But how do you know which of the many water filters on the market is right for you? To find out, we talked to Cohen and eight other doctors, nutritionists, wellness experts, and water filtration professionals about the water filter pitchers and countertop water filters they recommend. Here are their picks: