Today I was given the opportunity to review the Zero Water Pitcher. Now, I need to give you a little bit of information regarding our family. We have 6 children ranging in ages from 9-25. Who all still live with us. We travel full-time doing evangelism in the states. My husband also preaches in churches and the children sing. We have an RV (travel trailer) we pull behind our bus. We are often hooked up to churches, or at campgrounds to a water spigot. Needless to say, we purchase bottled water, which becomes expensive. So, I was excited to get one of these pitchers for review. It comes with a TDS Tester to check levels of dissolved solids in your water.
First, I tested the bottled water we drink. The tester came up with 071. Then I tested the water from the tap. 256 was the result, which I thought was high, and it made me glad we do not drink that water. Next I filled the pitcher, my first reading was 018. I decided to try again. This time it was 013. Getting better. My daughter wanted to try one more time. She received a reading of 001. That was much better. Even if I never get a reading of 000, this is much better than what we have been drinking. I will try again later and see what we come up with and I will add it to this post tomorrow.
This is an item to share At the Fence. The only drawback? I will probably have to buy a second pitcher with a family our size!
Here is some information from the Zero Water Website:
"Competing Technology/Product ComparisonsQ. Water already filtered at municipality – why do I need ZeroWater?
A. Even if a municipality were able to clean water to the extent that ZeroWater® does, the water can pick up chemicals on its way from the treatment plant to the faucet, which gives tap water that typical taste. ZeroWater® tastes crisp and refreshing.
Q. ZeroWater vs. bottled water quality
A. ZeroWater® filters produce the only filtered water that meets the FDA definition for purified bottled water. So you get purified-quality water without the plastic bottles or the high cost. Bottled water in the supermarket can cost you anywhere from $2.50 per gallon to over $8.00 per gallon. Once you start using the ZeroWater® unit, it only costs 50 cents per gallon to have purified-quality water.
Q. I have well water. Do I need your system?
A. If you have well water, it is the owner’s responsibility to have the well inspected and tested for a variety of substances including microbiological contaminants. Once the well has been approved for drinking, ZeroWater® works with well water the same way it does with any other tap water.
Q. ZeroWater filters vs. other pitcher filters
- It is a 5 stage filter which is more comprehensive.
- Ion Exchange Technology as opposed to simple carbon only
- It produces the only filtered water that meets the FDA definition of purified bottled water.
- Removes 100% of all detectable dissolved solids
- Creates the purest-tasting water
A. ZeroWater® filters produce water that is a similar purity level to that produced from an RO system. Our systems also don’t waste any water and operate based on gravity. In addition, they do not need to be installed into your plumbing.
Q. ZeroWater vs. Distilled water
A. People usually say that distilled water can taste flat whereas ZeroWater® is described as crisp and refreshing. Distillation also requires electricity and takes hours to treat water.
Q. ZeroWater vs. Softeners
A. Water softening systems exchange sodium or potassium with calcium to avoid calcium buildup and allow soaps to lather better. They are not meant to improve the taste of drinking water.
Q. Pets/people need distilled for health reasons – is this the same quality?
A. Our water gives you the same quality as distilled, without the electricity or hassle of transporting the water home from the store.
Q. Does well/spring water cause shorter filter life vs. "city" water?
A. The life of the filter depends on the TDS going in, not whether your water is from a well, a spring, or a municipality. Before using your well water with our system, be sure to have it tested.
Q. Microbiological/bacteria – Reverse Osmosis vs. ZeroWater
A. Unless your RO unit is specifically designed for bacteria with something like a UV light or an ozone generator, your RO membrane will quickly be fouled with a bacteria biofilm if you have a bacteria problem. The ZeroWater systems currently sold do not have the capability to remove bacteria.
Q. Why is ZeroWater the best system?
A. There are many ways of treating water. Our filters are a 5 stage, Ion Exchange Technology that treats potable tap water better than anything else in the gravity fed filtration category.
Q. I do notice a lack of taste in our RO water, but what is it that I would be tasting in your water other than dissolved solids that were not filtered out?
A. Our water is best compared to double distilled water, minus the distilled water “flat” taste. A lot of our customers say our water has no taste. You should only be tasting H20."
"WHY 000?When you buy a Zero Water filter pitcher we include a laboratory-calibrated water tester—called a TDS meter. TDS stands for Total Dissolved Solids, and represents the amount of dissolved substances in parts per million in the water we drink. These substances can negatively affect the way your water tastes.
Unlike conventional gravity-fed water filters, Zero Water’s patented 5-stage ion-exchange filter delivers the only filtered water to measure absolute 000 on the TDS meter. Compare that to the level in your tap water, even after being filtered through the leading filter pitchers.
Meter readings for tap water average between 75 and 300 and can go even higher. Conventional water filters only take out a small portion of these dissolved solids which can cause bad tastes.
With your TDS meter you can test your water yourself, and taste the difference. When. Zero Water® is the only filtered water from a pitcher that meets FDA definition for purified bottled water.* So, if it’s not all zeros, it’s not ZeroWater®.
Also use your tester to monitor filter replacement: when your meter reads 006, it’s time to replace your Zero Water® filter
* Filtered potable tap water tested by an independent lab (not the FDA) to meet specifically the water quality requirements for using the label "purified". Compared to water produced by leading gravity fed filters."
Not only does my family now have better water to drink, they are allowing me to giveaway a Zero Water Pitcher to one of my neighbors At the Fence. Isn't that great! Now for all the fun stuff.
MANDATORY ENTRY: In a comment tell me why you would like a Zero Water Pitcher. This entry must be done before you use any other entry form. You do not have to be a blogger to enter, but you must leave a valid email to contact you should you win. This giveaway will end February 26th at 11:59 pm CST. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email before another winner will be chosen. I will use Random.org to choose the winner.
Other ways to enter:
1. Go to Zero Water and come back and in a comment leave an interesting fact you found on their website.
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6. Do a post regarding this giveaway. This is worth 2 entries, so please leave 2 comments. Include a link to your post.
Disclosure: I did not receive any monetary compensation for this review. I did receive a Zero Water Pitcher to review. All quotes are from the Zero Water Website. All thoughts and opinions are mine.