Burlington Water

March 16, 2009

Britta filters ran out, and I am not so flush that I don’t mind their cost. It’s enough that I am paying for Burlington water once, but to have to pay again for added filtering seems, well, excessive. So, with all good intention, I made the decision to go off the Britta and just do pure Burlington water for all my water needs. Running it for a minute or more should have been enough to clear the water standing in household plumbing and get the freshest water from the street. This I did. However, being ever the frugal one, that water was captured in bucket to use for other household purposes.

Within a day or so, I started to notice a metallic taste in my mouth. Hmmm, what could this be… . A  little research brought quite a few possibilities to light, including infections — mouth, teeth, or skin conditions that affect the mucous membranes in the mouth, such as lichen planus. A metallic taste also may be caused by medications, food allergies or other gastrointestinal disorders, Crohn’s disease, chemotherapy, even certain cancers.

None of these seemed right, or easily testable. Under the Ockham’s Razor principle, I chose to test the hypothesis that the water was the cause of the metalic taste. Since I am a member of the City Market in downtown Burlington, I have as benefit  free filtered water from their shmantzy water filter mahine. (double filtered, reverse osmosis, and an infrared treatment, or something like that).   I switched over to that as my exclusive source of drinking/coffee/tea/cooking water. Within 24 hours, the metallic taste almost completely disappeared. and now, a week later, it still seems to be gone. What’s the moral of the story?

I don’t want to give Burlington Water Department a black eye, so maybe this post will be my good citizen effort for the moment.



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