The National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) conducted a survey that revealed that 82 percent of Americans were concerned about the quality of their water.
I am going to make an assumption that there is a strong chance that you are one of the 82%.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is an activist group that specializes in research and advocacy in the areas of agricultural subsidies, toxic chemicals, drinking water pollutants, and corporate accountability. According to EWG’s Tap Water Database which collects data from nearly 50,000 local utilities in 50 states:
- The carcinogenic chromium-6 was found in the tap water of more than 200 million Americans.
- Up to 110 million Americans could have PFAS-contaminated drinking water. PFAS are highly toxic fluorinated “forever” chemicals that have been linked to cancer, reproductive and immune system harm, and other diseases even in very small doses.
- As much as 80% of American’s water contain contaminants that are linked to cancer harm to the brain and nervous system, changes in the growth and development of the fetus, fertility problems and/or hormone disruption.
I could go on and on, but the truth is that the quality of our drinking water keeps deteriorating.
The (EWG) also recommends that the most effective choice for in-home water filtration/purification is a reverse osmosis system that combines an activated carbon filter with a reverse osmosis. This is because reverse osmosis effectively removes 95%-99% of water contaminants.
In this article we will go over why we think the Zero Installation Purifier (ZIP) system may be the best reverse osmosis water filter in the market. I would like to highlight 7 points to make the case. These are:
- No Installation Required
- Ability To Re-Mineralize Water After Purifying
- Ability To Filter Out All TDS's
- Zero Waste Water Design
- NSF/ANSI 58 Rated
- Attentive Design Through And Through
1. No Installation Required
ZIP stands for Zero Installation Purifier. Like the name suggests, there is Zero Installation required. Simply plug the water filter system in an outlet, and you have access to fresh purified water in minutes. The decision to install a traditional reverse osmosis system is permanent and more often involves the expertise of a Plumber or a Technician not to mention the holes in the countertop.
The Zero Installation Purifier combines packs all the features of a traditional R.O water filter system in a convenient, compact, countertop system that saves around 50% of space when compared to the traditional R.O systems. In addition, you don't have to worry about the issues that plague the traditional R.O water filters such as; leaky diverter valves or bulky, messy hoses.
As mentioned earlier, ZIP requires no installation, and it is not connected to any house plumbing which makes it completely portable. This is perfect for people who are renting, students, or great if you don't wish to punch holes in your countertop.
For those that love the outdoors, ZIP can also be powered by a car's cigarette lighter 12V power plug which means you can enjoy clean, healthy water on the go.
In emergency situations, with proper disinfection, ZIP can also be suitable for disaster relief where water from a stream, lake, or any natural water source can be used to give fresh, pure reverse osmosis water.
3. Ability To Re-mineralize Water After Purifying
The EWG recommends using reverse osmosis to remove water contaminants at home. The problem is that the reverse osmosis process is so effective that it also removes beneficial minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium and Iron.
What is great about ZIP, which also happens to be my favorite feature, is the ability to re-mineralize the water after the purification process with the AlcaPure edition. This is done by a post filter which adds Magnesium and Calcium.
This not only greatly improves the taste of the water, but also increases pH of the of the filtered water to an Alkaline level between 7pH - 8pH.
4. Ability To Filter Out All TDS's
Total Dissolved Solids are a measurement of the level of inorganic or organic matter found in liquid. TDS include all compounds other than pure water molecules (H2O) present in the water.
Total Dissolved Solids include a wide range of minerals, metals and salts. In general, the level of TDSs in a sample of water can be used as a general indicator of its quality.
For people who want absolute purity, The OnliPure edition of the Zero Installation Purifier (ZIP) is able to reduce TDS to ZERO PPM. This is done by a specialty Ion Exchange media inside the OnliPure Post Filter that removes any left over contaminants after the reverse osmosis process. The result is purified water that has ZERO TDS.
5. Zero Waste Water Design
It is common place for traditional reverse osmosis water filter systems to waste up to 75 - 80 percent of the feed water. This means that for instance if you use 4 gallons a day for drinking, you could be wasting as much as 16 gallons of water as concentrate.
Zero Installation Purifier utilizes a 50% (1:1) recovery rate which is best among reverse osmosis water filters. 50 percent of the feed water is filtered and stored in the top reservoir and the other 50 percent, the concentrate is stored in the bottom reservoir.
In a typical reverse osmosis water filter, the waste water, or concentrate is flushed down a waste pipe. With ZIP however, the concentrate is collected in the bottom reservoir to be used for washing or other purposes.
6. NSF/ANSI 58 Rated
The NSF/ANSI 58 rating is specific to reverse osmosis system.
This standard is developed by a team of water quality experts and establishes the minimum requirements for the certification reverse osmosis. Various components of the system’s design and performance are measured through stringent testing and evaluation under this rating. Some of the items evaluated include; material safety, total dissolved solids (TDS) reduction, and structural integrity.
The NSF testing for this rating also includes optional claims. The most common optional claims addressed by this standard include cyst reduction, hexavalent and trivalent chromium reduction, arsenic reduction, nitrate/nitrite reduction, cadmium and lead reduction.
NSF certification to this standard is a sign to regulators, consumers and stakeholders alike that your R.O system is safe and performs as claimed.
7. Attentive Design Through and Through
ZIP is a water filter that checks all the boxes in a variety of different aspects.
- It is efficient in terms of energy consumption. Operating on just 24W, ZIP uses less energy than a light bulb.
- Its design is elegant and, will not only look great in any room, but is BPA free as well.
- The replacement filters are easy to replace and conveniently located.
- Space saving. ZIP's footprint on the countertop is the size of the typical coffee pod maker. It occupies 50% less space than the traditional R.O systems.
- ZIP is capable of producing 75 Gallons Per Day. Enough to cover daily needs for your family
- The Zero Installation Purifier is a 4 stage water filter. Stages 1,2, & 4 have a 12 month life span. Stage 3 is the reverse osmosis membrane which is the heart of the system. The lifespan of the membrane is 2 years. The system notifies you with a blinking light when replacement filters are due for replacement.
- The filter sets between the two editions (AlcaPure & OnliPure) are interchangeable should you chose to switch from one to the other.
- Fast water filtration. It takes ZIP 10-15 minutes to filter a gallon of water. The less contaminants there are in the water to be filtered, the shorter the duration of filtration.
While most R.O systems are able to do one or more of the above functions well. ZIP is exceptional, and truly in a league of its own because excels in all these functions.
It is really the complete package as far as a reverse osmosis water filter systems go.
We are curious, what features are you looking for in a R.O system or water filters in general? Leave your comments below.