Throughout each year, I get offers from companies to try out their products – and I have been offered some crazy stuff over the 4+ years I have been running this site. Most of them I turn down without even responding to the company because they are so NOT green or eco-friendly. But when I was offered a Zuvo water filtration system to try, I jumped at the chance, as I have always filtered my tap water at home using either a PUR or a Brita faucet-mount filter. This not only gives me clean tap water to drink all day, but also saves me from having to buy filtered water in plastic bottles. (Read 12 Reasons To Stop Drinking Bottled Water for more info) Zuvo sent me their above-counter Water Purator, which connected directly to my kitchen faucet in about 2 minutes and plugs into the closest outlet. Here is what it looks like in my kitchen:
Once it is hooked up, every time you want filtered water you just pull the little tab on your faucet and your tap water gets sent over to the filter, where it is run through a 5 step process of filtration:
Step 1: Ozonation
In nature, ozone is generated by lightning and cleans the air where rainwater forms. The Zuvo Water Purator mixes ozone with incoming tap water to treat taste and odor contaminants and improve taste. Like chlorine, ozone is a powerful oxidizer. Unlike chlorine, ozone leaves no chemical residue.
Step 2: Ultraviolet Light
The ozone saturated water is flooded with high-intensity UV light – the same as the solar energy that cleans water in the upper atmosphere.
Step 3: Photo-oxidation
The Zuvo Water Purator combines UV and ozone in a patented process known as photo-oxidation which releases powerful oxidizers to further treat the water.
Step 4: filtration with lead removal
Pure spring water is created by passing through fine particles in the earth. Zuvo uses the same principle by passing water through a Class 1 Particulate Reduction Filter, reducing chlorine taste and odor, lead, and tiny particulates.
Step 5: post-filtration UV
The filtered water is again exposed to high-intensity UV light as it leaves the Zuvo Water Purator.
I gotta tell you, and keep in mind this is coming from someone who is not really a fan of drinking a lot of water, my water actually tastes good now. Not good like “better than tasting like chemicals” good, which is always the aim of water filters, but good like “I can actually drink water all day now” good. And my coffee tastes better too, which is an added bonus. These guys were ranked #1 for water taste over Fiji, Aquafina, Brita, Pur, Aquapanna, Evian and Smart Water by the San Francisco Chronicle and Wine & Spirits Magazine, so I guess I am not alone in what my taste buds are sensing now. And at $.06 per gallon and 16 filters over 5 years compared to $.25 per gallon and 59 filters for a Brita faucet system, it’s also a money and waste-eliminating product.
If you filter your water at home, and you drink a lot of it, you may want to check out Zuvo’s water filter. While it’s more expensive than a Brita or PUR filter is up front, it’s a lot cheaper in the long run and makes your tap water taste a lot better than those units ever did at my house. You can read more about them at the Zuvo website, or check them out over on Amazon too.
And a special thank you to them for sending me a unit to try out, as I won’t be going back to my Brita filter anytime soon and I now drink way more water all day long!