So, the question is, ‘how far am I willing to walk for fresh water?’ The water here in Tasmania is generally lovely. However a few years ago I caught giardia while only drinking tap water. Over the years the taste of our tap water has changed too, so for years I’ve been using a water filter. A jug to begin with, then for the last couple of years a benchtop cooler filter. I seemed to spend more time filling both of them than drinking it, even when it was only me drinking it (I’ve never had a problem drinking my 8 glasses a day). Then a few months ago I noticed the benchtop cooler had a lot of algae in the inner fridge tank – where even a pipe cleaner couldn’t shift it. They are all built so you can’t clean the inner storage area – insane. So I tossed it. I finally got around to ordering a PSI underbench filter. I could install it myself the seller told me- easy, all the instructions come with it.
So, add a tap to the sink – shouldn’t be that hard. I knew just where I wanted it, opposite the existing tap (double drainer single sink). Except when I started rummaging under the snk, there’s a built in part of the cupboard there. I could cut out a bit of cupboard and put it in blind up behind the sink… I think. Or I could put it in the laundry. In the laundry I’d only be cutting through laminex and chipboard, not stainless steel (so I could return unopened the $58 drill bit I had to get to cut the sink!) The area I would put it is open to view, the filter can mount on the back wall without having to move much…All I have to do is get over the stupid aversion to drinking from the laundry tap – which dates back to when we first moved in and the laundry taps were old ones that didn’t even have filters on them, on old pipes – we were told not to drink from them. Those taps and pipes are long gone. In fact when Mum and I redid the kitchen (did I mention the laundry is at one end of the kitchen?) we replaced the old metal trough with a circular sink and a mixer tap. It has often been used as the ‘bar’ when entertaining.
So, am I willing to walk from the kitchen sink (where the glasses are) to the other end of the kitchen (right by the fridge actually) for filtered water, or am I going to try to pull apart a cupboard that could be used as a nuclear shelter?