Where we live now we are not able to get the treated city water and therefore, I am back once again to drinking well water. It's not bad and although sometimes I can taste a bit of an aftertaste, most the time I don't taste anything at all. However, even though I don't taste anything wrong with our water, doesn't mean that it's been filtered properly through mother nature before it reaches our tap. In fact, one night, I had a prime example of this. I turned on the water to the tub and planned on taking a soaking bath before going to sleep. While the water was filling, I went to the other room to pick out my nightgown and when I returned the water looked "funny". I emptied the tub and refilled. Same result. The water was brown. I'm not talking a little cloudy...I'm talking DIRTY. I immediately called my husband to the bathroom. "What is THAT?", I asked him (after all, aren't husbands responsible for anything that goes wrong in the house?) and he says to me (as if it is no big deal)..."yeah, it was like that when I took my bath earlier". Mouth drop. Huh? He took a bath in that? How does one take a bath and get clean when the water is so dirty? He tells me further: "It's what happens when you live out in the country and it rains hard". Seems I must have forgotten about this fine detail of well water.
He was right though and in a few days the water was back to normal. I've not experienced it since, but we haven't had a whole lot of rain our way lately either. It did get me to thinking about what exactly is in that water and whether or not it was safe for drinking. Therefore, when I seen the Zuvo Water Filtration system, I had high hopes as it looked promising toward making our water safe for drinking.
The Zuvo Water Purator uses a unique system that includes a five step process to delivery great tasting CLEAN water!
Step One: Ozonation--As water comes into the system, the Zuvo generates ozone that is mixed with the incoming water. This helps to treat any foreign matter or contaminants thus improves the overall flavor of the water. This oxidation process is accomplished without leaving any pesky chemical residues behind.
Step Two: Ultraviolet Light--Ultraviolet light floods the ozone saturated water which reduces microorganisms.
Step Three: Photo-oxidation-- UV light and ozone combined cause photo-oxidation which in return creates oxidizers that are released into the water to further treat it.
Step Four: Filtration with lead removal--The water then cycles through the Class 1 Particulate Reduction Filter, which in return reduces chlorine, lead and particles, which improves taste and flavor.
Step Five: Post-Filtration UV--As the water passes through the Class 1 Particulate Reduction Filter it is once again exposed to the UV light ensuring the water is clean, healthy and great tasting!
The first thing I noticed was CLARITY. I could actually see thru the water filtered by Zuvo, wheras the water that came straight from my tap was a little cloudy. This really excited me and then I really couldn't wait to taste it. I tasted it much like someone tasting wine would do...sniff, swirl, sniff, sip!!
"What did it taste like, pray tell..."
|Well water on the left, Zuvo water on the right|
I like the fact that I can use Zuvo with the filter it comes with for up to 6 months (or 500 gallons of water) and that the UV light bulb will last approximately 7-10 years. Not only that, but I love how it reduces the need for bottled water. One filter does the equivalent of purchasing all of these:
|Zuvo versus Bottled Water|
|Zuvo versus filtered Pitchers|
The Good: I love the fact that Zuvo is Earth-Friendly. My children love it because it is fun to use! They love seeing the UV illuminate while in use and it makes them want to drink water! This is unusual for them because it is normally a big fuss to get them to drink water at all. I also like the fact that it can remain attached to my water spout without me having to do anything special to run water that is not for drinking. To turn on the Zuvo water, I just pull out the button on the side of the connector and out comes great filtered water! When I no longer need it, I simply push the button back in and regular water comes out from the tap.
The Bad: Although the Zuvo system does not take up much counter space, the connecting hose does get in the way! I've found myself fighting with it many times. However, if a person has a plug-in beneath the sink, the Zuvo can be installed under the sink with the optional adapter. Another thing is that I am a little uneasy drinking the water that has been saved in the Zuvo filtration tube after the filtration process. Something about drinking the stagnant water makes me a bit uncomfortable (but it is safe to drink as it has already been filtered). Zuvo does suggest putting a day's worth of filtered drinking water in a pitcher to put in the fridge. The water pressure is a bit low when dispersing the Zuvo filtered water. Other than that, I think Zuvo is worthy of recommending and believe that all the benefits definitely outweigh the small inconveniences mentioned.
Where to Buy: The Zuvo Water Purator can be purchased from Zuvo's online store or through many online merchants. For a list of merchants, go here: Where to Buy.
Now here is the fun part! The wonderful people at Zuvo have offered one lucky reader a chance to WIN a Zuvo Water Purator for themselves!!! That's a $300 value for free!!! This makes me excited and I hope it does you as well!
This will be one of my biggest giveaway events yet, so I am going to try to make it as easy as possible for you to win and have many bonus entry opportunities!!! Plus, there are several ways to be able to enter DAILY! Read below for more details!!
How to Win: Complete the mandatory entry first and then enter as many bonus entries as you desire (as permitted below). The mandatory entry must be completed before any bonus entries will be considered valid!
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FTC Guidelines require that I disclose that I received the Zuvo Water Filtration System free of charge for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was received. I am in no way affiliated with Zuvo aside from this review. I have received permission to use the photos within. The opinions herein are my own honest opinions. Other opinions may vary. Zuvo has graciously offered a water filtration system as a giveaway to one lucky reader of this blog and therefore Zuvo is responsible for giveaway fulfillment.