How Clean Is YOUR Water? ZeroWater Review & Giveaway!

I LOVE water. That’s kind of a funny thing to say –  I mean, who doesn’t love water? – but it’s true. I make it a point to drink a lot of it and just prefer it over anything else. I am always very conscious about how much I take in, especially when I know I’ll be heading out for a long run. Hydration doesn’t just start a day or two before a race – it’s a continuous cycle.

But, do you know where your water comes from? Do you know how clean it is?

Being a native New Yorker, we pride ourselves on how fresh tasting our water is and how it doesn’t cause those hard water spots all over our dishes. New York water always tasted good to me, especially compared to other states like Florida. No offense Floridians, your water just doesn’t measure up. So, after getting in touch with the lovely folks at ZeroWater I was curious to see how their filtering system measured up. My New York water tasted so fresh so it must be clean of impurities…right?

Wrong. But let’s take a step back.

ZeroWater is a relatively new company that boasts a filtering system that produces the only filtered water that meets the FDA definition for total dissolved solids (TDS) in purified bottled water. In fact, ZeroWater filters produce water that is a similar purity level to that produced from a reverse osmosis system at a fraction of the cost (no home installation required). Basically, just because your tap water tastes fresh and looks clean doesn’t mean it is. Chances are there are dissolved inorganic solids in it that are allowable by your local water treatment plant and the EPA. If you tested your water with a TDS meter, it would never read 0 (actually, 000). Gross now that you think about it, huh?

TDS meter turned off

This is where ZeroWater comes in. I was a bit skeptical at first. I’ve used other pitcher filter systems and have a filter on my fridge. How could this really be any different?

I followed all the directions for installing the filter after thoroughly cleaning the pitcher (an uncleaned pitcher will throw off your TDS reading). It was very easy and I filled her right up. Here is the model pitcher I tested:

8-cup pitcher

The filter is pretty heavy so make sure it’s locked in tightly. The one thing I did notice was that it took a while for the water to be filtered into the pitcher. If you want an instant clean drink you may be out of luck. I just filled the reservoir at the top in the sink and went about my business until it was time to fill up some more. It took roughly 10 minutes to fill the entire pitcher. A pretty cool feature was the little spigot at the bottom, making it easier to fill up your cup when the pitcher is in the fridge.

By now you’re thinking “Ok, ok, just get to the point already! DOES IT WORK?!”

YES. A resounding 110% YES – it does work.

I used the TDS meter to test the water in the pitcher itself – 000. I used it to test the water in a thoroughly cleaned cup – 000 (without rinsing the cup and drying it first the meter read 001). Water from my fridge door filter came in at a 222 reading whereas water straight from the tap read 275. High TDS water is considered anything 300 and above.

And the taste?

There is a considerable and noticeable difference in taste. It is very crisp and clean tasting, probably even better than what you’d get in a bottled water. I noticed a very distinct taste between my tap/fridge filter water and the ZeroWater. Now, would I have noticed it had I not been comparing? I’m not sure. But I will tell you that I will now choose to drink the ZeroWater before anything else. Knowing that it is actually cleaner and the filter does its job of drastically reducing the number of floaties in my water makes me a convert.

(Disclaimer: ZeroWater did not compensate me for this review and the views expressed here are strictly my own.)

Because you have all been so wonderful as I’ve transitioned my blog, I want to express my gratitude by offering one lucky reader the chance to experience ZeroWater for themselves. The winner will receive the 8-cup pitcher in the picture above. But first…

Where are you from and how does your local water taste? Were you aware of the floaties in your water? How do you stay hydrated?

Leave a comment below for one entry. Tweeting about this giveaway will earn you an extra entry. The giveaway ends this Friday, March 30th at 11:59 EST and the winner will be chosen via random.org and announced on Monday, April 2nd.

Good luck and stay sassy…and hydrated!

16 thoughts on “How Clean Is YOUR Water? ZeroWater Review & Giveaway!

  1. Wow! How I long to drink water out of the hose again…bleck! I use Brita, how is ZeroWater different? We had high levels of TTHM’s and the water co president falsified results to the EPA (and has since been indicted). They also failed to notify people. I use a Brita filter and it is better than straight out of the tap. I miss the clean taste that I used to get in Boston, but even that doesn’t exist anymore. I am part of a water club at work (Poland Springs) which is better. I am always looking for a “better” filtration system. I will have to check this out since I drink in excess of 100 oz. a day. Here is the one of the many letters about our TTHM issue and how it took them over a year to get the levels to “safe” levels http://www.milfordwater.com/pdf/tthm_mcl_violation_-_march_2011.pdf

    1. Other filtration systems do not “clear” as many of the impurities, hence why I compared it to my fridge water dispenser. In my opinion, there isn’t a marked difference in taste between the tap and other systems on the market. With ZeroWater I definitely noticed a difference although would I have noticed if I wasn’t comparing? Not sure.

  2. In Portland, OR, our water is pretty good from a standpoint of taste. Most of the city gets its water from the Bull Run Watershed—a natural, mineral rich source.

    Like you, I too love water; I consume anywhere from 64 to 100+ ounces of it per day. At home, I drink city water which filters through my refrigerator’s water filter. The filter I use is supposed to remove all particles larger than .5 microns. I have used a TDS meter on various taps at my house, and my refrigerator puts out water at about an 80—not too bad. When out and about, I am a big water bottle user. I fill my Kleen Kantene at home, and then take it with me pretty much everywhere I go.

    Great article and review. A zero TDS is awesome to say the least!

  3. The blog looks great!!! Well done!
    We have well water and I’m actually scared to think of what might be in it. We did have it tested when we bought the house last year but I know things change. Having a filter would be awesome! 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity!

  4. I’m from just outside of New Orleans and the tap water is THICK. They call it the Muddy Mississippi River for a reason. Most people do not drink water from the tap however, occasionally I am forced to if I’ve run out of bottled water to meet my intake needs for the day. Have been considering a filtered pitcher system and from your review it sounds like a winner.

  5. Love the new blog look! After living in Chicago for three years and drinking city water, I’m now in Wisconsin drinking well water and it tastes ok when its gone through a bit of softening first. Out of a bathroom sink, it tastes a little like rotten eggs…though I hadn’t given much thought to what I was drinking until a friend of mine introduced me to the Zero filter, and I was VERY impressed with it! It’s been added to my wish list. I generally stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and tea : ) Thanks for hosting such a fantastic giveaway! Take care, -Sara

  6. We live in Pass Christian, MS and we are on a 500′ deep well at our house. It seems to be good water but I guess you never know until you test it. We have been drinking Icelandic Glacial water because my husband works for the local distributor. It is really good water! I don’t drink nearly enough water and it is a constant struggle for me. I drink a lot during meals, but very little in between. Thanks for the chance to try out this filter!

  7. Great review! While I do feel more educated about TDS in my water, now I’m all paranoid! Ha! Like you, I love drinking water, but I could certainly use more of it in my life. The chemical plant where I work out on the Mississippi River requires us to drink ONLY Kentwood bottled water (bottled in Kentwood, LA) while we are at work. Apparently the local water is just that gross. Ew. Where I live though, in Baton Rouge, we have really good tasting water. Our water comes from underground reserves called aquifers. (Thanks 8th grade Louisiana History class for that factoid!) This is a great giveaway! I hope to win!

  8. I live in San Jose, CA, and the water here is GROSS. It is so full of chemicals that it tastes like you are drinking pool water. Standing water (e.g., water in toilet bowls) also grows things REALLY quickly…ick.

    I stay hydrated by keeping a water bottle near me at all times. Seriously, this thing goes almost everywhere I do!

  9. I have a Brita filter that I use to “clean” my water, and I’m usually not opposed to drinking tap water but this nifty gadget sounds great for those “floaties” lol. We’re lucky where I live to have pretty decent water quality, but I want to try this ZeroWater!

  10. I’m from Niskayuna, NY and use a Brita. I can taste the difference between our tap water and the Brita water. Had no idea about floaties – thanks for the mental image! Have a family house in the Cape – the water tastes fantastic there – can’t get enough. I need to remind myself to drink more. I mostly use Nuun tablets in my water for hydration. I just like it.

  11. Well, I’m from south Louisiana and I grew up drinking bottled water. We were told NEVER to drink tap water…… My parents had Kentwood water delivered to their house! Guess they were on to something back then! 🙂

  12. Hello, I know this post is old but I was wondering if you could tell me how long the filter lasts with NY water … i read pretty bad reviews about this pitcher, saying that after a week the water tastes sour or fishy … Didyou have these problems with your pitcher? Thanks

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