I have lived in SF for 5 years and have never owned a filter water pitcher. When I am in friends' homes that use a water pitcher, they explain that they just use it to keep water cold. The water tastes and looks fresh and based on the below answers, I have no interest in changing my game plan!
the water used to taste better when there was just chlorine in it,
now they use chloramine
Chloramines, like chlorine, are toxic to fish and amphibians at levels used for drinking water. Unlike chlorine, chloramines do not rapidly dissipate on standing. Neither do they dissipate by boiling. Fish owners must neutralize or remove chloramines from water used in aquariums or ponds. Treatment products are readily available at aquarium supply stores. Chloramines react with certain types of rubber hoses and gaskets, such as those on washing machines and hot water heaters. Black or greasy particles may appear as these materials degrade. Replacement materials are commonly available at hardware and plumber supply stores.
You've already had some decent answers to your question, but as this is one of my favorite San Francisco facts I'm gonna toss my answer in too: San Francisco's tap water comes directly from the Hetch Hetchy Dam up in Yosemite.
Stop by the community big grocer. Observe if water or cola is more prevelant in the shopping carts. Is there a line at the 'Fill your own water bottle' kiosk? Open those big blue recycle containers...do you see lots water bottles?
Sure, the public water supply may be perfectly healthy, but if it does not taste good, no one will drink it....and the mountain of plastic bottles continues to grow.
Thank goodness Brita is available everwhere.
The quality of water is very good. I have aquariums as a hobby and am very into testing the local water chemistry. The water is extremely high quality and the only interesting factor is that the PH is a little high as a result of the filtration process it goes through. It tastes good though! Hope this helps :)
Fluoridation of water began in 1945, as part of a communist conspiracy. What the pro-fluoride advocates donâ€™t tell us is that tens of thousands of people have died under mysterious circumstancesâ€¦.. since 1945.
San Francisco tap water has an excellent reputation for taste (and quality). However, every building has its own issues with age of pipes, hot water delivery, etc. so I used a Brita, just to make sure it's clean of particulates.