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on 26 August 2013
I fell in love with the romantic notion of purifying water following a tradition which is supposed to be centuries old. I bought a glass jar for the purpose. I boiled my charcoal in water to prime it. Then I put it in my glass jar and filled it with tap water. Did it overnight so that the water was cleaned for the eight hours required. Made our teas in the morning - need more water. No, wait - another eight hours? You have got to be kidding me. Perhaps this works in Japan in the countryside where each family has two barrels of water on the go and a mother at home the whole day to top up the water. It is totally impractical for me. In addition, it does not soften the water. I can confirm that the water tastes slightly better than pure tap water, but then again so might water allowed to sit for eight hours, without the filter. There was, disappointingly, still scum on the surface of the tea. So i have given in to modern technology and purchased a standard water filter jug which cleans and softens the water in seconds. The water from the filter jug tastes better than the charcoal filtered water too. We also have no scum on the surface of the water, no scale at all in our kettle and clean cups!!
So, sorry. Romantic notion, but not up to the task.