REMEMBER WHEN THEbest things in life were free--and that included water? When the very idea of paying for water seemed like a joke? These days, it isn't so funny, as more of us turn on the tap and turn up our noses at what comes out.
You can, of course, have your water delivered, and if your family is large, those 5-gallon bottles make sense. If it isn't, you're liable to have a reproachful parade of bottles sitting at your back door waiting to be invited in. Some of us have even been known to resort to watering the plants with bottled water in a vain attempt to use up our biweekly quota.
Well, here's a new solution. The Brita Water Filter System is small, simple and inexpensive. You simply put a filter into the pitcher, pour in tap water and wait for it to filter through. By the time it reaches the bottom (which takes a couple of minutes), the water is clear, clean and sparkling with freshness. All the chlorine, lead and rust have been removed. You can actually see the difference with the naked eye.
The Brita pitcher costs about $30; additional filters, which are good for 35 gallons of water, are about $8 apiece, to change once a month. That comes out to about a nickel a quart. It's not exactly free, but it's close.
The Brita Water Filter System is available at Broadway and May Co. Or telephone (800) 387-6940.