Best Option for Drinking Water for Apartment Dweller?

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Q: I've been using Brita filters and pitchers for a while, but my dog recently was diagnosed with a liver condition and the vet recommended that I find an alternative that yields a more purified water. Brita pitchers are super convenient and great, but they don't remove a lot of the impurities (like fluoride).

 I've been considering maybe purchasing a couple 5 gallon jugs and filling them up at my local Whole Foods Market. They have a reverse osmosis water machine and it's a good deal at $.35/gallon. The only issue with that is having to lug the bottles home on a weekly basis (but maybe that's a blessing in disguise — I COULD use the workout):

I can't install a faucet-mount water filter because my faucet is weirdly shaped. I also don't want to install an expensive system since: (a) I can't handle installing anything more difficult than assembling an IKEA Lack side table; and (b) it's an apartment, so I don't want to put too much money into a system I can't take with me. (My landlord has this rule where any improvements to the property — whether they're undoable or not — need to remain after I move out.) Thoughts?

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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