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?
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:
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!