Tap water in the UK is said to be one of the safest water qualities of anywhere in the world. But with the taste differing in regions around the UK, where some areas the water is considered soft and others hard, and this degree of hardness being down to an increased mineral content, it can have an acquired taste.  With NHS guidelines highlighting we should be aiming to drink 6-8 glasses a day, it needs to be enjoyable for us to want to meet it. As someone who really can’t stand the taste of tap water and only drinks bottled, something that conflicts with my environmental goals, I was more than keen to give the ZeroWater Water Filter a try; a filtration system that is the only one of its kind that can meet purified bottled water standards.

What does ZeroWater Water Filter do?

The ZeroWater Water Filter is a 5-tier filtration system that not only removes the chlorine taste you associate with tap water, but virtually removes all dissolved solids that leach into water systems, and all additional contaminants, to deliver a TDS water quality reading of 000. This level is the expected standards of the FDA (Food and Drug Administration, USA) in all purified bottled water, and is a unique system that can meet the standards of bottled water in filtering tap.

TDS, the science definition:

Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) are a measurement of compounds like minerals, salts, and organic compounds that are dissolved into the water through contact with rock and other surfaces. TDS can be made up of several different types of compounds (including but not limited to): calcium, magnesium, iron, sodium chloride and sulphides (which are compounds frequently found in groundwater supplies). Increased levels of TDS (total dissolved solids) may affect the taste and appearance of your water.

Why should you measure TDS?

Measuring water TDS levels is the best way to understand the quality of your drinking water. Total Dissolved Solids are organic and non-organic sediments found in water, which contribute to a difference in the taste, odour, and appearance of water. Dissolved solids enter your water supply from a wide range of sources — old piping, run-off from road salts, pesticides, fertilizers, and more.

What is the TDS water test?

TDS is tested in water through special meters that detect particles. A ZeroWater® TDS meter will show the number of solid particles per one million water particles (ppm). For example, a value of 60 ppm means that from one million particles there are 60 dissolved ions, and the rest (999,940) are water molecules. 5-Stage water filters by ZeroWater® remove 99.6% of total dissolved solids in your drinking water. The kit to help you test TDS levels comes with all ZeroWater Water Filters.

My experience….

This has certainly been an eye-opening experience for me. In using the ZeroWater I could definitely notice the taste difference; it was certainly more purified, cleaner and had a distinctly neutral taste compared to tap water, or any other filtration systems I’ve tried in the past, Brita included. However, instinctively I knew it was not for me. It felt too clean. Which feels like a strange thing to say aloud, surely that’s what you want from water. But it was this experience that highlighted exactly why I preferred bottled water. I drink mineral water. I like minerals in my water, but I don’t like the chemical and metallic taste that you get through the tap. For those that don’t mind the taste of the tap, or those that told me they don’t mind tap but prefer a filter, they rated the pure taste of this filtration system highly. So, for those of you looking for a cleaner, fresher drinking experience, this is a filtration system for you, sadly not for me.   

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