Is Your Tap Water Safe To Drink?

by Alli

Is your tap water safe to drink?  I recently received a detailed in-home water testing kit and I have to tell you that I was a little bit nervous about what I’d find in my tap water.  I took a deep breath and took the plunge.

What's Hiding in Your Water?

After performing all the tests within that one kit, I was relieved to find that my tap water tested “OK” in every area.

Is Your Tap Water Safe to Drink?

But . . . I don’t drink it.  Ever.  Why?  Because it tastes and smells like chlorine.  I was very surprised that it tested in the acceptable range.

Pfister Filtration System

My refrigerator has a water filter, but filling a glass with water seems to take forever, so I’m constantly buying cases of bottled water.  I’ve never really liked any of the filtration pitchers, etc. that I’ve tried.  Until . . .

Pfister Faucets recently introduced Xtract.  It’s a filtration system that is integrated into a stylish Pfister pull-down kitchen faucet.

The high-flow dual filter system of Xtract delivers great-tasting filtered water and tap water from a single faucet. Filtered water is delivered two times faster than typical water filtration products and the filtration mode is integrated into the handle, eliminating the need for a filter pitcher or separate drinking water faucet.

Xtract uses GE® 2X High Flow Filtration which reduces contaminants such as pharmaceuticals, chlorine, and lead, select pesticides, herbicides and insecticides.  My favorite is that it also removes the chlorine taste and odor.  

Another big plus for me is that you can’t even tell that there’s a filtration system in the kitchen faucet.  It’s sleek, modern and really pretty.  You can see photos of the Clarify faucet here.

The list price for the Clarify With Xtract™ is $442.67.  Once you do the math, you’ll find that the faucet pays for itself vs. buying bottled water for 6 months for an average family of 4.

The Clarify With Xtract™ 1-Handle, Pull- Down Kitchen Faucet is available exclusively at Home Depot in select stores and online.  Watch this funny video for more info!

Do you know the purity of the water that comes out of your tap? Is it completely safe to drink?




michele d October 12, 2015 - 10:15 am

I’ve been thinking of buying a water filter system like this. You better be safe that sorry. The water can be terrible here in Florida. I’ll be sure to check it out.

Jenn @ EngineerMommy October 12, 2015 - 10:51 am

I have a pull-down kitchen faucet, but I’m very intrigued that Pfister has come out with a pull-down faucet with a filter inside! That’s a great idea, because I’ve always disliked the look of the traditional faucet filters. And filling the water at the fridge takes too long for me, too!

Kristen from The Road to Domestication October 12, 2015 - 11:32 am

Several months ago, I came home and my hubby said he had scheduled a water testing for us. I figured it was something the county was doing, so whatever. The guy was at our house for THREE HOURS and tried to sell us a water purification system for $8,000!!! He said our water was awful, but the water he “purified” for us the dog turned her nose up at, so that tells me something LOL I would be much more likely to go with something like this Clarify, though!

Carmen Perez (listen2mama) October 12, 2015 - 12:41 pm

I never drink tap water, our fridge has a water filtering system and we also buy water bottles for the road.

Coolchillmom October 12, 2015 - 1:43 pm

We do have great quality water in South Florida. I would love to have the same peace of mind for hurricane season

Angelic Sinova October 12, 2015 - 3:22 pm

Here in Chicago we have great tap water (but it never hurts to double check if it’s completely a-oky to drink.) We currently use a filter system on most of our faucets but I’ll definitely be looking into this filtration system <3

Valerie@Occasionally Crafty October 12, 2015 - 5:31 pm

We don’t drink our tap water without a filter- especially in the summer there is an algae that grows in the water source that of course is treated and filtered out, but it does not taste good. I’m interested to try out this product on our water to know for sure it is safe!

Sara-Jayne October 12, 2015 - 6:51 pm

We drink our tap water here in the UK and we never question whether it’s safe or not. I think I need to try out one of these products just to see!

Felicita Moncada October 12, 2015 - 8:14 pm

This is great info! I always wanted to get a faucet filtration system for my kitchen faucets. I don’t drink the water from the sinks either. I would drink it in NYC lol but not in FL the water smells funny!

Tiany - Social Savvy Mom October 12, 2015 - 9:31 pm

Honestly, I don’t think our water is safe! We drink filtered water and try to stay away from the tap, this looks like a great product!

Tammilee Tips October 13, 2015 - 3:00 am

I have never heard of a home test like this before. These test would come in handy with how much we travel around different parts of the world.

Tatanisha Pitts-Worthey October 13, 2015 - 4:17 am

We drink filtered water. It is very important to make sure that the water your family is drinking is safe to drink. This would be very helpful when you’re travelling.

Franc Ramon October 13, 2015 - 8:59 am

It’s nice that they added some filters to make sure you have clean water. I usually just go for bottled mineral waters but this one should be better.

Elayne October 13, 2015 - 3:06 pm

I had no idea that they had home tests for your water. I only use filtered water from our Brita pitcher. It can get expensive but I just don’t like the way our tap water tastes.

Zan October 13, 2015 - 4:39 pm

I don’t know that our water is safe to drink but we have a water filter on the refrigerator, too. Yep, it takes a little while to fill but it is our main drinking system. In the past when we had none, we have always used filters. The hubs is a huge fan and would not mind paying $44. I am sure we’ve spent more. Thanks for the info!

Brittany October 14, 2015 - 1:16 am

I have always wondered about this! I didn’t know there were products like this out there for personal use! I need this!

Jennifer October 14, 2015 - 6:58 pm

I didn’t know you could test your own water at home. I would be scared to see the results! We NEVERdrink our tap water

Paul Langley April 4, 2016 - 3:33 pm

This is some really great information for anyone who doesn’t trust their drinking water. Having it tested to make sure that it doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals is very important, especially if you live in an area prone to issues like that. Water purifiers are a great way to make water more palatable if it tastes funny, but it’s still important to make sure there is nothing in it which cannot be filtered out, by having it professionally tested. Thanks so much for writing!

Kenneth Gladman April 4, 2016 - 3:56 pm

I also find my tap water tasting worse everyday. I know my neighbors have filters in their homes so my wife and I have been looking into it. I think to be safe it is a good investment.

Aimsaim July 13, 2016 - 3:37 am

My roommate hates the taste of tap water and has installed a filter on the sink. I had no idea that you could get an alkaline pitcher to put minerals back into the water. I’ll have to see about getting one of these so that my water can taste good again.

Thomas Madinson June 24, 2018 - 2:15 am

This is excellent info! I always needed to get a faucet filtration system for my kitchen faucets. I don’t drink the water from the sinks either. Lovely sharing.

Michael Simmons July 29, 2018 - 5:10 pm

Hello Alli! Thank you for such a detailed overview! The Xtract filtering system looks very impressive! I have been using alkaline water pitchers made by different manufacturers for several years, and now I decided to buy a stationary filtering system where I don’t have to change the filter elements so often. The Xtract system looks decent: perhaps, I should take it into consideration.

Hun Puthic May 5, 2019 - 3:28 am

Thank for your nice explanation and experiment for us to know. This kind informative is help people to drink safe.

Thank for your sharing.


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