My drink of choice is water straight up! Stirred or shaken, doesn’t matter. What does matter is that it be as clean and free of contaminants as possible. Filtered San Francisco tap water is what my family and I consume. I committed to tap water because it’s better for the environment than buying bottled water. But is San Francisco tap or any other tap better for me and my family?
How do I know if the tap water I’m drinking is “clean” and safe for my family to drink even after it has been filtered?
At the ZeroWater site you can look up the TDS reading for your area by typing in your zip code. TDS stands for total dissolved solids. Here are some facts about TDS:
- TDS can leave an undesirable taste in tap water.
- TDS comes from both natural deposits and man-made sources.
- The FDA requires Purified Bottled Water to achieve a TDS reading between 000-010
I’ve been using a conventional water filter (the kind you put in a pitcher) for years. I’ve had no way of knowing how much TDS is still in it after being filtered, but I figured it had to be better than what was coming straight out of the tap and truth be told it definitely tastes better than what comes out of the tap.
When I was given the chance to review a ZeroWater 10 cup pitcher I was excited because it comes with a built in TDS meter and I was looking forward to doing a little test.
Pictured above are the TDS meter readings I got after testing out tap water, our conventional filtered water, and then our ZeroWater filtered water. Turns out that the water in my area is much better than in many, but can still contain dangerous impurities such as lead; our conventional filtered water was better, but not by much; and the ZeroWater treated water was the winner coming in at ZERO!
The meter fits conveniently into the lid of the pitcher so that it is handy for future use and when the meter reads 006, it’s time to replace the filter. My favorite part of the pitcher is that you have 2 different options for dispensing the water.
You can pour from the top of the pitcher or if you want to keep on a counter or in the fridge you can pour from the handy dandy bottom spigot. I dig it!
Before you go, why not try your luck at winning a ZeroWater pitcher? Two lucky readers will win.
Disclosure: 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.