I used to self-fill 5 gallons of water for as little as .25/gal & had wondered if I could filter my own water at home with equal or better results for less.
I also factored in gas, time, and convenience and felt that it was time. I found that fridge and faucet type filters didn't yield acceptable results, so I started with a Brita pitcher filter. While it did bring my 201-226ppm avg. from the tap down to the 176-188 range, I felt I could do better. I next tried Whirlpool's Everydrop filters hoping to speed up the filtration process, but it yielded worse results, only bring my ppm's down an avg. of 5-15, less than half as well as the Brita.
I was ready to invest in distillation or RO when I had stumbled on a Zerowater pitcher type filter. I was at Home Depot to look at at in-home water filtration options and was suggested to try the Zerowater pitcher.
I was skeptical of the "000" claim of filtering ALL contaminates, especially for a $30 pitcher type unit, but I thought, let's give this a try..
Took it home and was thoroughly impressed! it effectively brought my 200+ ppm down to an astonishing zero. This actually works!
I have only owned this pitcher for 7 days, and have filled 3 1gal. containers and refilled at least 50+ 16.9oz water bottles and using my TDS meter, it's still filtering my tap water down to zero.
[using a water quality test kit from Prolabs, I verified the Zerowater filter is removing aluminum, copper, nitrates, chlorine, and iron to 0-1ppm, however, it reduces the pH from 7.5 to just 3.8. I am currently using trace mineral drops to raise pH (as well as replace desired minerals) as well as infusing with fruit and/or baking soda to increase pH.
I have the 8 cup unit and am super happy with the results and have recommended it to several of my friends.
So far, including water I'm giving my dog and water I'm using for cooking, I estimate I've filtered about 15 gallons of water that is equal or better than bottled. Buying this same amount in 5 gal containers would only cost me $3.75, plus gas vs. the $30 investment I've made so far, so I'do have to be able to produce roughly 10x more clean water on the same filter for this to be a better value (or with my avg. use, get 10 weeks or more from one filter). I'll know in 2.5 months (May 15th, 2015).
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