Our community water supply has been a huge issue for our family for almost 20 years. I was pregnant with our third baby (now 19), when we moved here. I absolutely love our community and consider it my hometown, but we were told on our first day here, that we should not drink the water, especially with me being pregnant. Once a week, we made a trek to the city, 30 miles away and filled 8 to 10 three-gallon water jugs at the distilling plant. We had a water cooler to flip them onto, in our kitchen, and even filled our ice cube trays at it.
Several years ago, the city built a brand new water treatment facility and while many people started drinking the tap water, we had gone so long drinking distilled water, we were never able to break the habit. Until we moved into a new home with a reverse osmosis filter system and a filter in the fridge, we continued to buy water. We have been drinking city water, filtered by our whole house system for almost one and a half years, now, and we’ve been fine. I can say with confidence that I don’t really think or worry about it anymore. So, when the opportunity to review a Zero Water pitcher came up, I almost passed it up. Then my curiosity got the best of me and I decided to test the difference. There IS a difference. At least the difference between tap water and the water from the Zero Water pitcher was significant! There was even a small difference between the reverse osmosis filtered water and the Zero Water.
The pitcher filtration system comes with the pitcher body, a reservoir that fits into the top of the pitcher, a lid, a filter, a testing meter and the easy to follow instructions. I actually assembled it in a matter of seconds and the only thing you really need to be careful about is that the black gasket around the top of the filter is seated properly, so you get a tight seal between the filter and the reservoir.
Once the filter is screwed into the opening in the bottom of the reservoir, you just place the complete unit into the pitcher. Then add tap water to the reservoir and allow it to drip down, through the filter and into the pitcher. I actually filled the reservoir three times over a total of about 20 minutes to get a full pitcher of filtered water.
The lid fits snugly on the top of the pitcher and it has a covered spout that opens itself as you begin to pour. I love that feature. I also like that there is a recessed area in the lid to snap the test meter into, when you are not using it. I never have to worry about not being able to find it. The meter measures TDS, which is Total Dissolved Solids. Total Dissolved Solids is basically anything in your water that isn’t pure water. That can mean minerals, salts, metals and any other suspended solids. In the range of 000-001 TDS there are no known municipalities in the U.S. that have naturally occurring water in that range. The range of 002-050 occurs naturally in only a few cities and can still have dangerous impurities, like lead. Most water in the US will measure between 051-200 TDS. There are other ranges up to 500+ TDS.
What were the TDS measurements in our area, when I measured using the meter with the pitcher? Our tap water came in right at what I would consider the national average – 168. The name “national average” doesn’t necessarily mean I think it’s super safe, it means it comes in within the range that would be expected in most US communities. I was pretty impressed with our RO system which registered an 008. While the process for filtering water with the RO system is pretty much the same as for the Zero Water pitcher, the water from the RO system still needs to travel through the water lines in the house and so will pick up some particles along the way. That made sense to me. The water from our Zero Water pitcher, drove that fact home, even more clearly. It came in at 0 TDS. That’s pretty amazing!
My husband rarely drinks water, now, that isn’t from the Zero Water filtration pitcher. He actually never allows it to go empty. It produces crystal clear water with no “floaters”, as he calls them. It tastes good and he is without a doubt, a bonafide convert. Actually we all like it, but I mention him, specifically, since he is usually our biggest skeptic when it comes to water quality. Our fifteen-year-old says he can actually taste a significant difference between the RO water and the pitcher water. He’ll drink either, but for some reason prefers the flavor of the RO water. Personally, I don’t notice much difference in the taste, between the reverse osmosis water and the water from the pitcher, but I love knowing that the water from the pitcher tests perfectly clean!
The other nice feature about the pitcher is that you can keep it icy cold in the fridge. That’s another selling feature for David, since he doesn’t like ice in his drinks. You can just pour cool, refreshing water straight from the spout or use the spigot in the bottom of the pitcher, to fill your glass. That spigot option works really great for younger kids! And lastly, I love that the filters can easily be picked up in stores that we are all used to frequenting, like Walmart, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Meijer and so many more.
You are going to love the convenience and peace of mind that comes from owning a Zero Water Pitcher. Zero Water has been extraordinarily generous and I’m excited that all Busy-at-Home readers can get 30% Off a 10-cup Zero Water Pitcher for their family, by using the coupon code MC30 at checkout! That’s a savings of $10.50! What a great deal! And then…….Yup! you guessed it — They’re also sponsoring a fantastic giveaway with TWO winners. Each will receive a Zero Water Pitcher for their home! Be sure to enter before the deadline at midnight on April 15th.
The Giveaway is simple. Go to ZeroWater.com and put your zip code into the “Check TDS Reading” form. That will open a page with a map of your area and you will need to input your zip code one more time in the white box above the map. The average TDS number for your area will pop up just below the graph, at the bottom of the page. Leave a comment on this blog post, telling me the TDS number, where you live. Click DO IT on the Rafflecopter form, then ENTER, and you’re done. -OR- You can also take advantage of the optional additional entries that you will have unlocked by entering. Good luck!