Bubbly water 2021-02-14 05:56:25

Melbourne has some of the world's best drinking water, most of which is sourced from forested, protected catchments. Between the catchment reservoirs and the tap, there is some filtration and fluoridation, resulting in fresh, clean drinking water. The best you can drink.

I like to add bubbles to my drinking water, as it provides the same sensation as drinking a soft drink without the added calories and sugar. Using a soda stream is the easiest way to do this, and the soda stream in our house gets a good workout. There is little or no waste, as I avoid getting my sparkling water in single-use plastic bottles, and the CO2 cylinders are reused.

However, using the soda stream is a bit fiddly, and the half dozen bottles of sparkling water I keep on hand in the fridge take up too much space. Indeed, there has got to be an easier way to get the bubbles into the water.

There are two possible options for solving this problem. The first is to get a tap in the kitchen that can deliver sparkling water directly. You may have a tap like this in your workplace, the one that provides the hot water and chilled drinking water. You can also get these taps for the home, that has both chilled and sparkling water.

The pros might be clean, fresh sparkling water on tap, but the con is the cost, somewhere between $4,000 and $6,000 installed. It seems a little excessive, and it feels like I am using a brick to squash a fly.

The other option is to buy a new fridge that has a sparkling water dispenser. A good quality fridge with this feature should set me back about $2,500. It seems to be a more logical option, and a lot easier on the family finances. I think that's what I'll do.

Peter Dannock

I'm a TV viewer, let me out of here. Self doubt
I, too, have a preference for sparkling water. I tried experimenting with the soda stream, but for some reason, the end result was not comparable to a fresh drink out of a bottle. Not enough bubbles. I am intrigued by the idea of refrigerators with a sparkling water dispenser. I shall investigate so that I am prepared when my fridge eventually calls it quits.
2021-02-14 14:08:56