Giveaway! Scroll down to enter for a chance to win an Aqua Optima water filter jug and 6 months’ worth of cartridges!
Living in London, one thing you definitely need in your kitchen is a water filter. I’m pretty sure, though, that this can be true in most areas in the UK or even around the world. I used various water filter systems in the past and one thing is for sure: the taste of the water is so much better! It’s softer and it doesn’t have that chemical (chlorine) taste to it.
I was gifted a new Aqua Optima Perfect Pour Jug and filters – to test. Read below what I thought about it.
Why filter tap water?
There are a number of reasons you might want to filter tap water.
There are a range of rules and regulations water companies must comply with. These are set by the WHO, the EU Water Framework Directive – the UK still has to comply with it, plus the Drinking Water Inspectorate, which is a UK Government body, part of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and its duty is to regulate the public water supply companies in England and Wales. Now, with all this – we know tap water is safe to drink.
But we don’t really know what our pipes look like – and our tap water can contain metals we can do better without or at least better to reduce; such as lead, copper and chromium.
Lately, the news is full of water companies’ wrongdoings putting them on par with oil companies wrecking the environment. Whilst there are regulations that are obviously imposed by the UK Government, it’s hard to trust them; even the government suggest that everyone should keep checking and report if there is a change in water quality – and contact their water company.
Also, it can taste of chemicals that they use to treat water – and whilst they are perfectly safe: they can smell and taste not very nice.
What can be filtered out?
Chlorine is used as a disinfectant and you can always taste it on tap water without filtering. Whilst the chlorine levels should be safe in tap water – again better to be safer than not and filter it – no amount of chlorine is good for you to consume. Furthermore, the horrible taste will be gone!
Calcium and Magnesium
Known as the cause of “hard water” (pretty much all of London and many other areas in the UK). Filtering these out will soften water, so your hot drinks will taste better, your drinking water feel softer and purer, and it helps to keep your kettle and iron (and other gadgets that use water) in good shape for longer.
As mentioned above, metals can travel from the pipe system and the treated water can get contaminated with them just on the way to your kitchen. The filter reduces the amount of metal contamination as well.
Research found, that every litre of untreated water in the environment contains approximately 4.9 microplastics and after it goes through the treatment process, this is reduced to 0.00011 microplastics per litre. So…. it’s not zero, is it? Plus, this study was produced 3 years ago – and we know, that the amount of plastics ending up in our waterways is not reducing, on the contrary! Filters can help to reduce it even further.
Also from your own pipes and taps – built-up limescale can break off and get into your tap water – this will be entirely filtered out with the help of a filter.
Other organic impurities
These include humic acids, pesticides, herbicides, pharmaceuticals and microorganisms like bacteria.
Aqua Optima Perfect Pour Jug
I love this new filter! Here’s why:
- This is a perfect jug, designed to keep in the fridge – it fits perfectly
- I also love the fact, just how fast Aqua Optima filters! I can fill the water bottles in the morning way faster than before
- Easy to fill it too, it has a lid that slides easily to open and back – so no spills at all
- Lightweight and easy to handle
- Made from food-grade BPA-free plastic, so 100% safe and non-toxic
- a LOT cheaper than bottled water and we know, that microplastics anyway
- It helps to reduce plastic
Let me talk about this last point a bit more.
So, obviously, the jug is plastic but of course, it has been designed to be used for years. (I used to have a glass bottom filter with a plastic filter upper, but it broke. The filters will cut out a huge amount of plastic as opposed to buying bottled water. Each filter replaces 200 single-use plastic bottles!
Recycling of the cartridges are also in place: all Aqua Optima cartridges are recycled by TerraCycle – here’s a fascinating video on how their recycling work:
So, would you fancy winning an Aqua Optima filter jug and 6 months’ worth of cartridges?
The lucky winner will an Aqua Optima filter jug and 6 months’ worth of cartridges – just like pictured.
Please enter here:
Terms and conditions
One (1) Aqua Optima filter jug and six (6) months’ worth of cartridges competition closes at 12:00 AM on 17th of November 2023 and the winner will be notified via email within 48 hours.
The giveaway is open to all UK residents aged 18 or over.
There is no maximum amount of times an individual can enter, and each entry will be in with a chance of winning.
ONE person will be picked at random as a winner. The prize provider will send the prize directly to the winner as soon as is reasonably possible. (It is the winner’s responsibility to reply with their full name and address in order to receive their prize). Subject to availability.
The winner will have 5 days to respond to their winner’s email; otherwise we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
No cash alternatives are available.
The winner’s name will be posted onto the Captain Bobcat Blog website so do keep an eye out!
If you enjoyed this giveaway for Aqua Optima, check out my giveaways page, I always have new ones.