Does anyone know if the chlorine that is dumped in municipal water (plus all the other filtration they do) is sufficient to remove bacteria, parasites and all other "bad stuff" (or for that matter, living stuff thought by the experts to be "neutral" or "good")? I have been using the Brita jug for quite some time now. This was after a chemistry professor here at Northwestern told me that he had done substantial research on the pitcher and that it was extremely effective at removing pretty much every heavy metal that we are likely to encounter. (The exception is arsenic, which thankfully does not seem to be a problem in most places. I believe it is still a problem in much of New Mexico--at least it was a couple of years ago--and so people there probably would do well to drink bottled water until/unless the problem is fixed.) However, this colleague is a chemist, and he didn't say anything about living things in the water. I have been working really hard recently to get bacteria and other bad stuff out of my body recently, and it suddenly struck me that maybe I should be boiling the water as well as filtering. Hopefully I don't have to, though. BTW, the reason this chemist was studying the Brita pitcher is because, due to mining for uranium in the Four Corners reservation (a large piece of land at the junction of New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah), the water supply there is extremely polluted with uranium, lead, radioactive lead and arsenic (amongst other heavy metals). The metals congregate together, which is why when one is released into the water supply, the others tend to be too. (The contamination of the water was confirmed by government scientsts and buried somewhere on the Internet.) A few of the people in the reservation drink municipal water, but most drink groundwater. They boil it before they use it, but the mineral content causes huge amounts of mental retardation, cancer and other illnesses. This would be a hugely expensive problem for the government to fix, and so it is ignored. My colleague was hoping that the distribution of the pitchers would alleviate the problem (except for ones caused by arsenic), but due to language barriers and suspicion about the positive intentions of white people, the idea never has been put into place. I guess I bring this up to note that there are people in the U.S. who are just as bad off and even more ignored than suffers of CFS/fibro. I sometimes think about this when I get frustrated that the government isn't "doing more" to help me. The government should be doing more to help a lot of people. It's not just us. Meanwhile, does anyone have any thoughts about water?