Water filters: do you need one?

A water filter may improve the taste or smell of your tap water, but be aware of the problems and cost involved.
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  • Updated:19 Oct 2008


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In brief

  • Following a simple checklist can help you avoid spending your cash on a water filter you may not need.
  • If you do decide on a water filter, choose one based on what you want to filter out.

If you’ve ever turned on the tap and wondered about the quality of the water coming out, you can be reasonably confident it’s been thoroughly tested before it reaches your tap.

In fact, your water supplier’s website more than likely carries regular reports on its water quality. Safe drinking water requires additives you can often smell or taste, such as chlorine, a disinfectant widely used by Australian water suppliers.

Filtering the water at the tap is one way of removing the taste of additives. But first you must decide what you want to filter out, what filtering device to use and how much the different options cost. And you need to be confident the one you choose actually does the job. CHOICE looks at the pros and cons of purchasing a water filter.

Please note: this information was current as of October 2008 but is still a useful guide to today's market.



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