While the majority of the family accepted this conversion without fuss, there's always one hold out. Am I right, Moms?
In our case, the Teen Diva was discovered to be a finicky water connoisseur of the highest degree. Although we are located in the 'burbs and the rest of the family has found our tap water to be acceptable, the Diva simply refuses to drink it. With her busy sports schedule of daily lacrosse training, games and tournaments, what's an eco-conscientious Mom to do?
For sometime, I've simply not caved to her particular taste buds. In considering our water's taste, especially in comparison to the less than aromatic well water at my parents country estate, I simply thought the Diva was being unnecessarily stubborn. That is, until I had an opportunity to take the ZeroWater® Challenge!
The ZeroWater® website allows visitors to check the TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) count of the water in their area by zip code. Inputting our own zip code, we discovered:
Your TDS Score is = 339
(Yikes! Perhaps the Teen Diva is onto something!)
What are Total Dissolved Solids?
The combined content of all inorganic and organic substances contained in a liquid that are present in a molecular, ionized or microgranular suspended form ~ Wikipedia
While our water score is certainly below the EPA maximum allowable score of 500, the FDA recommends a level of 000.
With an opportunity to both directly test our tap water, as well as appease the Teen Diva and provide my family with pure, safe drinking water, I was thrilled to have been given an opportunity to test the ZeroWater® Pitcher. Using the TDS meter that is included in the ZeroWater® Pitcher kit, we found our tap water tested at 229. Certainly better than the average of 339 reported for our area, but still a far cry from the FDA's recommendation of 000.
Putting together the ZeroWater® Pitcher was quick and easy. Simply screw in the supplied 5 stage filter and fill with tap water. Retesting the water, after it was automatically filtered by the pitcher, the TDS meter registered at 000! Even better, our water connoisseur, the Teen Diva, reported the filtered water was "the best I've ever tasted"! Winning!
ZeroWater’s first layer of filtration, activated carbon and oxidation reduction alloy removes the chlorine taste you are accustom to with tap water. The Ion Exchange stage removes virtually all dissolved solids that may be left over from public water systems or even leached into your water from piping such as Aluminum, Lead, Zinc, Nitrate and more. Three additional stages are included to remove other impurities and to ensure your water receives the appropriate amount of treatment time to deliver a “000” reading on your laboratory-grade Total Dissolved Solids meter included. ZeroWater: Advanced water filtration.
The ZeroWater® Pitcher is just slightly taller than our full size plastic juice pitchers, but still fits easily into the taller shelf of our refrigerator! This Mom loves the generous size of the 10 Cup pitcher, but appreciates the narrow design that doesn't commandeer a large area in the refrigerator. Thoughtfully designed, this model allows users to pour the filtered water or dispense from an easy spout system, straight from the refrigerator!
More Benefits and Savings from ZeroWater®
Beyond the naturally eco-friendly benefits of clean, crisp and safe drinking water straight from our refrigerator to replace disposable water bottles, this Mom appreciates that the conscientious design of the 5 Stage Filter System for the ZeroWater® Pitcher. While the life of each filter varies, depending on use and tap water TDS score, the average life is approximately 22 gallons.
- ZeroWater® makes it easy to stay in supply of the necessary filters while being kind to the Earth, through their filter recycling program! You'll receive a $10 coupon for every two filters you recycle!
- Readers can also register for special offers and discounts at the ZeroWater® website!
That's What She Said readers are invited to use an exclusive coupon code to save on ZeroWater® 10 cup Pitcher systems! Save 30 % now with code MC30 at the ZeroWater® website!
ZeroWater® is generously offering That's What She Said readers an opportunity to win their own 10 Cup ZeroWater® Pitcher system! TWO WILL WIN this system which includes pitcher, filter and TDS meter, valued at $34.99!
This giveaway is open to residents of US, 18+ and will end on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 12:01am EST. Please note: Winners will be notified by email and must respond by 12:00 noon EST!
I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of ZeroWater and received a water pitcher to facilitate my review, two pitchers to giveaway, and extra filters to thank me for taking the time to participate. The opinions above are honest and of my own experiences. Some information and images sourced from various ZeroWater® online sites. Sponsor is responsible for shipping prizes. Facebook, Pinterest and Google+ are not involved in, nor responsible for this giveaway in any fashion.