When I received the opportunity to try the ZeroWater® Pitcher, I jumped at the chance. We drink a lot of water around my house, especially in the hot Texas summertime -my truck driving hubby totes frozen jugs to work to drink throughout the day, my grandbaby is always carrying a sippy cup and my daughter and I try to outdo one another on our H2O consumption-and I do worry about what we might actually be ingesting. Our fridge has a water dispenser and we change the filter religiously, but is that enough?
As soon as the pitcher arrived, I put it to the test. It is super easy to use. Simply twist the new filter onto the underside of the pitchers lid, replace the lid and fill it with tap water. The water drips through the filter until the pitcher is full. You do have to add more water a few times, but the entire process takes no more than 10 to 15 minutes for a full pitcher. The pitcher is attractive and fits nicely into the refrigerator, similar to other filtrated pitchers on the market.
One thing the ZeroWater® Pitcher includes that others do not is a TDS Meter digital water tester. TDS stands for Total Dissolved Solids (sounds gross, doesn’t it?) and are classified as a secondary contaminant by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA recommends no more than 500 PPM (parts per million), but in my humble opinion, the fewer the better.
I decided to put the pitcher to the test against my refrigerator’s filter and plain old tap water. I used three identical glasses and filled them with equal amounts of water from the faucet, the fridge and the pitcher. I plunked the digital water tester into the tap water first and it immediately registered 172 PPM. Yuck! I shook the water off the meter and popped it into my filtered fridge water. It read 150 PPM. Better, but not by much! Finally, I dunked the tester into glass filled with water from the ZeroWater® Pitcher, which seems to be appropriately named because the tester registered a big, fat zero.
I tried taste-testing the three glasses and honestly couldn’t tell much of a difference, although the tap water had a slight odor that’s not tremendously appealing. Knowing how much safer the water is, though, somehow makes it taste a little bit better.
You can buy ZeroWater® Pitchers and other products at a number of retailers, including Target, Walmart and Amazon. They cost around $30 and include one filter as well as the digital water tester. Filters typically clarify around 30 gallons of water before they need to be replaced. When your tester reads 006 or higher, it is time for a new filter. Replacement filters currently cost just under $20, and four-packs are available on Amazon.com for less than 50 bucks.