PoP PSA – Clean Your Brita Pitchers!!

Back in 2003 (I think it was 2003) I got one of those letters from WASA (now DC Water) about lead in the drinking water. I immediately got a brita and even the city mailed out free filters for the following 6 months or so. Anyway, it has come to my attention that even if you just use your brita pitcher for water it still has to be cleaned! It never occurred to me. Well the bottom of my pitcher was filled with black mold. Yeah, I’ve switched to the system that hooks straight onto the faucet…

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  • Who knew there was soluble and insoluble lead, and that the pitchers don’t meet the new standards….


  • You didn’t like. SEE the mold. the BLACK mold? Who brought this to your attention anyway? Captain Obvious?

  • I think you’re supposed to change the filter and wash the thing thoroughly about once every two months. At least that’s how often I do it.

    • Yeah, I’ve got the Britta Dispenser and am only drinking for one. I refill it every three days or so and change the filter about once every 4-6 months.

  • DC drinking water is horrid anyway. FILLED with chloromine and flouride. Not to speak of their constant lead issues. I get my water from Drinkmorewater.com. They use reverse osmosis to remove Flouride. (home filters don’t do this) And you can get it delivered in BPA free jugs. It’s 8 bucks for a 5 gallon Jug. we get 2 a month. 16 bucks a month for piece of mind and clean delicious water. Choice was easy for us.

  • I get my water from the faucet in DC and have for almost 50 years. I guess all those chemicals and lead are just preserving my body or something.

    So far doing good… oh yeah, my water bill is less than $30 a month for three people.

    • Drink up. Im not here to stop you. Just here to share with like minded people a good source for real water. I’ll spend the 15 bucks a month to drink H20. And shower and water my plants with that H20CH3OZ5X4 or whatever it is you are drinking. On another note you havent been drinking flouride, lead and chloromine for 50 years. Flouride wasn’t added to water all that long ago. As a result of the flouride we now have lead in the water as well. And Chloromine is a new additive all together.

      • “Fluoridation became an official policy of the U.S. Public Health Service by 1951, and by 1960 water fluoridation had become widely used in the U.S., reaching about 50 million people” Courtesy of wikipedia.

        50 years ago.

        And lead (plumbum) has been used in plumbing since medieval times and persists to this day, it’s just blood absorption levels that have increased. This is, in part due to increased Fluorine and Chlorine/Chloromine levels, true.

        How much is DrinkMore paying you? Do I need a reference number so you get your commission?

        • +1

          Also, what element/compound is “OZ5X4”? Must be a horrible chemical mentioned in DrinkMore’s brochures.

          • That was a joke. you know. like. yeah.

          • Also, drinking the daily recommended amount of 8 cups comes out to quite a bit more than $30 for three people. Try $72.

            If we cut that down to a more reasonable 6, it’s still over $50.

            That is, unless you’re supplementing your water intake from other sources or not drinking nearly enough…

        • Not getting paid a cent. So. Like I said. Drink up!

      • I seem to remember this hearing about this in the water my entire life.

      • Have never paid more than $30 a month for the entire water bill for over two year, sewage included which is about 1/2 the total, so really about $15 a month for three…

        • Sorry, that wasn’t directed at you, that was in response to Anon’s “16 bucks a month for piece of mind and clean delicious water” assertion.

          The $30 a month was just used as a handy comparison.

  • Yum flouride.

  • Sometimes a black residue is left at the bottom of the pitcher it could be carbon from the filter, like the floating carbon pieces but smaller.

    Mold or carbon, I’d still recommend regular washings.

    I use a beneath the sink filter with a separate faucet. I love it.

    • I thought so too. It’s most likely charcoal from the filter, and it’s harmless.

      My own PSA: you can turn cheap vodka into great vodka by running it through a brita filter three or four times.

  • are you kidding? this is like saying your towel never has to be washed because you are clean when you get out of the shower

  • *Nitpick alert*

    Even though the image clearly shows the name of the company no fewer than four times, the name of the company is misspelled no fewer than four times in the original post and comments. I mean we all know what we’re talking about but come on!


  • You wouldn’t get mold unless there was no standing water in the pitcher, right? And I’m pretty sure the filter is supposed to always be in water.

    Keep the filter/pitcher in the fridge. Empty it entirely into another vessel, refill, return to fridge. Then washing it every few months when you change the filter is hardly even necessary.

    I know you have an empty fridge, PoPs!

    Rant: Boo for CAPTCHA Code

    • I second the boo for the captcha code, i am not a robot, i would be happy if bots read any of my blogs.

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  • anyone use a whole house filter? and if so, care to recommend where to get one?

  • There’s a wicked amount of dihydrogen monoxide in DC water. I don’t know of a single filter that could remove such nasty thing.

  • Please people, do some research first and be sure that the filter actually removes the shit you are concerned about. Actually, better yet, go hard core – get your water tested.

    If you have a taste issue, try this first – get someone else to serve you a glass of tap water and a glass of the filtered stuff. Then have them make coffee/tea/beverage of your choice with both waters. If you can’t tell the difference, save yourself some money and maintenance.

    And if you do get a filter, for the love of little apples, change it as often as recommended. Those filters plug up and don’t dry out so become a breeding ground for all sorts of lovely crap. If you change your filter less often than recommended, your ‘filtered’ water may contain more nasties than the tap water you put into it.

    For what it’s worth, tap water has to meet much more stringent guidelines than bottled water.

  • Here are some resources:

    The water quality report from 2009, as required by EPA:

    The water quality page of DC Water:

    And for the whole house filter question, you can install one yourself if you know a little plumbing. Same thing though – don’t forget about changing the filter as required!

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