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Plumber: Pure and simple water filter options

Q: I have a new coffee maker and want to make my coffee with filtered water. Without installing add-on equipment or drilling holes in my countertop, what are some permanent water filter options for a kitchen faucet?

A: I recommend the following options:

First, look into a whole-house canister/cartridge water filter your plumber can install on a main water line in your home. Since the filter installs on a main line, most of the homes plumbing fixtures benefit from the filtered water. This can include the kitchen faucet, dishwasher and ice maker. Whole-house filters are often recommended for homes that use well water.

A second option is a point-of-use water filter. This smaller water filter installs under the kitchen sink and connects directly to the kitchen faucet. While easier to install, only the kitchen faucet gets filtered water. But, with a point-of-use filter you can also install a special kitchen faucet with a built-in beverage lever. The lever supplies treated water only on demand, giving you clear control of where your filtered water flows.

Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Reach him at eadelg@cs.com.