When I was approached to review a water filtration system from Zuvo I was intrigued to see if this simple system could actually make my tap water taste better. I'm not "snobby" about many things but drinking water from the tap out here gives me the heebie-jeebies. In addition to taste, I was also interested in the cost and environmental benefits of a system that connects right to your faucet. By having drinkable, safe, water right out of the tap, I would save money on constantly buying bottled water and therefore save on constantly disposing of the used bottles. Yes, I recycle, but still, it's a waste of money and resources to buy it in the first place. So, needless to say I was intrigued.**DISCLAIMER** I am not a chemist, biologist, water analyst, or anything that ends in -ist. This is only my personal experience and I am not qualified to speak authoritatively on the water purification process.But, if you want to know how Zuvo works, check this site out"
|Even in the bathroom, it doesn't take up much space|
|How fun with the lights off!|
|All hooked up in the bathroom!|
So, how did I test it? Well, the first test was the installation,and like I said, that was a breeze! Super easy and self-explanatory! I did notice a little "leaking" coming from the top of the faucet a couple days after installation.It only happened once the Zuvo system turned on. To solve it, I simply unscrewed the nozzle, added some of the white plumber's tape that was provided, screwed the nozzle back on and viola! No more leaking!
|The water comes out the small spigot on the right|
My last test was actually with the water itself. We have city water, which by city standards it's already deemed "safe to drink" but the taste is terrible. I contacted a lab, certified by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to ask about the Zuvo claims and how it would affect my water. The lab director that I spoke with, Jim, stated since we currently use city water I could take the two samples to any pool store to have the water tested free. Otherwise, their tests were $20 a piece and I would need to specify which contaminates I would want to test for. I read him the details about what the Zuvo system claims to remove and he again indicated a pool store would be able to test for those. (I almost wish we didn't have city water to be able to run these tests. I have a feeling people with well water or something similar would have dramatic differences in their water!) Anyway, after going to the pool store, the tester there told me the tap water was clean but that there were definite levels of chlorine. When I gave him the other sample he said "Well, whatever you did to this one got rid of the chlorine". I told him it was a water filtration system hooked up to my sink. He seemed a bit surprised that that's all it took to remove the chlorine, but conceded nonetheless that the chlorine was gone. Resulting in the much more pleasant taste.
I've been using this system for about a week now and haven't had any issues with leaks (after using the plumbing tape mentioned above) or the taste of the water changing. When it is time to change the filter, I found this out from Zuvo's FAQ page:
Standard-capacity and VOC filters should be changed every 3 months, or after 250 gallons of water have flowed through the filter, whichever comes first. High-capacity filters should be changed every 5 months, or after 400 gallons of water have flowed through the filter, whichever comes first. However, water quality and water usage may affect the frequency of filter changes. Monitor your water usage if possible, as it can change seasonally. If you start to see degradation in water flow from your Zuvo Water Filtration System or experience an unusual taste, change the filter. The 300 Series models have an indicator light that tells you when it's time to change your filter. The newer 100 Series models have a buzzer that tells you when it's time to change your filter. The indicator light and buzzer take the guesswork out of changing your filter.
So, that's it. It really is that easy to have clean, safe, drinking water right from your tap. If you just can not wait to stop wasting money and protecting the environment, check out this website to find out where to get a Zuvo Water sytem for yourself.
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**Thank you to Zuvo Water for providing the products for review and giveaway. The above review is of my own opinion and may differ from your own.**