Dear PoPville – What’s a good bottled water delivery service for DC proper?

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“Dear PoPville,

I’ve lived in DC for a year and finally tired of Brita filters. DC tap water is terrible! What’s a good bottled water delivery service for DC proper? Info on size of the jugs, pricing, dispensers, etc also very welcome!”

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  • I never understood why people get bottled water delivery — it seems like such a waste.
    Have you considered installing one of the under-sink filter units with a dedicated filter tap? That’s what we did and we’ll never look back.

    • Zackly. The best water delivery service, by far, is the tap in your kitchen.

    • epric002

      +1 for in-house filtration.

    • I did exactly this a few months ago after getting tired of continuously refilling the Brita. Bought the Aquasana 5300 3-stage filter for under 200 bucks. So glad I did. Installed it myself in a few hours.

    • + 1. Also, if your Brita pitcher is lacking in capacity they sell much larger units that hold several gallons.

    • Under the sink filtration is the way to go. We have had one for years. Also, many refrigerators nowadays come equipped with filtered water dispensers. Of course, installing at $100 water filter is cheaper than replacing the fridge.

    • The filter in my fridge stopped working reliably and repairmen seem unable to or terrified of attempting to fix it. I’ve though about the under the counter system, but do those cool the water in addition to filtering it? (I’m assuming not.)

      • Yeah, they wouldn’t cool the water. You can route the filtered water to your fridge, if it’s just the filter that’s broken, and there’s an option to work around it. Our under-sink filter works great, splits to a room-temp faucet on the sink and goes into the fridge. Avoids the pricier refills for the fridge filter.

  • My roommate and I use the company Drink More Water. You can either purchase or lease the dispenser and then have a monthly delivery of 5 or 3 gallon jugs. Each 5 gal. jug runs about $8.00. Customer service has been excellent.

  • Ugh, -DC water, it is the worst, and to have it filtered is just the minimalist amount of work you can do to tolerate it. The water here is hard and sometimes brown or dark when you see it come from the tap. Yep you better be importing it and or lugging it home from your select grocer because that stuff is and looks dangerous.

    • I’ve never heard of this before. I suspect it has to do with your own pipes rather than DC water.

    • I don’t know where you live, buddy, but I’ve lived here for 7 years and have NEVER seen brown or dark water coming from my tap.

  • I have the on tap Brita filter. Seems to work fine.

  • Wait, this person hasn’t figured out that bottled water is a scam?

    If you send me your bank account information I can set you up with the highest quality water from virginal springs in the high alps at much lower prices than can be found in this area.

    Nigerian Prince

  • None, because it’s inherently wasteful.

    Get a filtration system. We have a reverse osmosis system which works beautifully.

  • I put in one of these a year ago:

    Without it, my tap water smells either overly chlorinated or, during the twice-a-year reservoir shifts, like a swamp. This filter produces clean, very drinkable water for a reasonable price, without all the plastic waste of bottles. It also saves my water kettle from insane mineral buildup.

  • Much as I am sure it is annoying that no one is answering your question, assuming no special issues with lead pipes, tap water with filtration for taste is a much better option. Public utility water systems are held to much higher standards on contaminants than bottled water which is regulated by the FDA. You also have the issue with plastic leaching if bottles are exposed regularly to high temperatures and/or regularly reused.

    • Bravo anonymous!!! As a water engineer, it is wonderful to hear rational, well-informed information about water.

      • Thank you, other anonymous! I used to work in a subject very peripherally related and this has always stuck with me. Though for the moment I live in a developing country with no clean public water supply, so I suppose it is a tiny bit ironic that at present I drink a lot of bottled water….

    • Even with lead pipes water filtering might be a good option. We have a lead service line. Had the water tested w/o a filter, and it was fine, but we decided to get a filter preventative-ly and for taste. Something certified to NSF/ANSI standards 42 and 53 will get out 99+% of lead (with various caveats about pH, particulate versus dissolved, etc) and other stuff too. We went with the Pentek-1500 aka American Plumber WLCS-100 fka Culligan SY-2650 filter, which has a nice flow monitor to tell you when to replace the filter. Has common and cheap filters too (Pentek P-250 / Culligan D250 / American Plumber W-250) and an option to filter MBTE(?). Many other filters use this two pass system too. Ends up being about $30 / year (or $30 / 1000 gallons) and is quite convenient. Good taste.

  • I will answer your question, though after reading the previous comments I may look into switching to an under-counter filtration system.

    I live in NE DC, I use Deer Park, the dispenser is free/included, there is a three 5-gallon jug monthly minimum, which is what I therefore get, and I pay $28 per month. Delivery service very reliable.

    • Same. I drink a lot of water and like it ice cold, so I’ve been very happy with Deer Park’s water cooler and delivery service.

  • Male fish in the Potomac are growing vaginas on account of all the birth control pills peed out and seeping into the river which is where your tap water comes from. Hormones in the water are very difficult to test for and even more difficult to remove. Your filter won’t remove them. So, water delivery isn’t such a horrible idea.

    • And how do we know that there are no hormones in the delivered water?

      • You have to ask where the water is coming from. If the source is at higher elevation, there’s less possibility for contamination. But, you are guaranteed to be drinking hormones when you drink DC tap water. Ask DC Water – I did – I spoke to an engineer. They’re very careful not to deny it, but they’re even more careful not to admit it. Which is why I think that their Drink Tap Water campaign is reckless and irresponsible.

    • Well that is just not true. Drinking water in DC is coming from reservoirs such as the MacMillian and that one on the back side of Howard University. Approximately 0% of DC’s water comes directly from the Potomac.

  • I like Crystal Springs; they will bring you one five gallon bottle in 3 months. if that’s all you need. They are very nice and will call you before they arrive, if you like! I love my cooler, especially the boiling water…I am a tea drinker!

  • Anastasia Beaverhausen

    I’ve always used Drink More Water. They’re based in Rockville, and I like supporting local businesses. Also, when you call them, a person picks up the phone – no computer menus. Excellent customer service.

  • Yes, the water taste funny here too. I dumped it out yesterday after filling glasses with ice and water for a dinner party. It tasted awful, like very stale.

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