We have prepared for you an extensive guide to choose the right water filter depending on the area where you live. Of course, if you need help or we didn't cover your area in this article, please don't hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to assist you! The whole truth about filters of water is here.
In the suggestions of filters that we make to you in this article, you will see that essentially the filters are divided into 2 categories:
They are placed on the kitchen counter and connected to the kitchen faucet with a switch with which you choose filtered water to drink or unfiltered water to wash dishes.
Some of the filters connect directly to your kitchen faucet. This practically means that every time you turn on your faucet in the cold, the water is filtered.
However, you can also connect them with an independent faucet that will be placed on the kitchen sink or on the counter. The faucet gives only filtered water, so you save on filters. (The faucet can be seen on the right of the photo).
Attica in general has some of the best waters in Greece. The network is well monitored by the municipalities and the water is adequately chlorinated. So if you live in Attica, you will need one of the filters we recommend here. If you live in the historic center of Athens, then there is an increased chance that the water has lead due to the old pipes. Don't worry though, as the filters we recommend reduce lead and heavy metals.
Some of the filters we recommend are placed on the kitchen counter and some are placed underneath. Undercounter filters are divided into two categories: those that have their own faucet where only filtered water flows, and those that connect directly to the cold water supply of the kitchen faucet. The final choice depends on where you are most comfortable installing the filter.
The water of Thessaloniki is harder than that of Athens, but no special treatment is needed to remove or reduce the salts. In general we are against the reverse osmosis solution for Thessaloniki, with the exception perhaps of Perea which has harder water than Thessaloniki.
In the center of Thessaloniki there is a possibility that the water has lead, a result of the old pipes, so make sure that the replacement filter can reduce heavy metals (the filters we recommend reduce them).
If you live in Pylaia, in the center, in Kalamaria, in Mikra, in Toumpa or in an area with a lot of dirt in the water, it is a good idea to choose a double (or even triple) filter. If you choose a single filter in these areas then it will get clogged with dirt and will not be able to do a proper job.
We mentioned Thessaloniki above. For the cities of Serres, Katerini, Kavala, Drama, Veria, Kozani, Ptolemaida, Giannitsa, Kilkis, Oreokastro, Naoussa, Peraia, Edessa, Florina, Thermi, Alexandria, Kastoria, Grevena as well as Macedonian villages we recommend double filters and above. The reason is that some of these areas are rural and therefore may have pesticides due to bad or broken pipes and of course quite a lot of soil.
This is where the difficulties begin! It is known that Halkidiki and all the islands in Greece have very hard water. For these areas we always recommend a softener in the central supply of the house and reverse osmosis in the kitchen. If you install a double or triple filter then the cost of replacement filters (which will clog from the salts) will be longer than the cost of replacement parts of a reverse osmosis which has a higher initial cost.
If you choose to install a softener in your mains supply, then you might save it with a triple filter. But if you are going to install a filter only for drinking water, without having a softener, then we definitely recommend choosing a reverse osmosis system.
For the cities of Ioannina, Arta, Preveza, Larissa, Volos, Trikala, Karditsa, Elassona, Tyrnavos, Alexandroupoli, Xanthi, Komotini, Orestiada, Kalamata, Tripoli, Corinth, Pyrgos, Argos, Aegio, Amaliada, Sparta, Nafplio, Agrinio, Lamia, Gerakas, Salamina, Elefsina, and the villages around them, we recommend double or even triple filters.
For the cities of Piraeus, Patras, Nea Makri, Paania, Artemis, Livadia, Koropi, Pallini, Kalivia Thorikou, Nafpaktos, Messolonghi, Rafina, Loutraki, Mandra, Glyka Nera, Megara we recommend up to double filters.
Thebes and Chalkida are a completely different case and we would only recommend reverse osmosis as chromium has been detected in the water in the past.
Reverse osmosis would be recommended in all coastal areas as the water hardness increases in the summer months. If you're in a coastal area and don't plan on installing reverse osmosis, then we recommend installing a water softener to demineralize your whole house's water and a double or triple filter in your kitchen.