Pin It
9
Aug

Restore Clean Water System

by Tiffany in A Green Home

For the past few months we have been using the Restore Clean Water System. It is a $100 system that I happened to see on Amazon this morning at a 68% discount. Wahoo!

What I love about this system is that it goes a step beyond just filtering the water like most water purifier systems. After the water filters through the pitcher you connect it to an outlet and a UV light then purifies and removes 99.9999% of bacteria, 99.99% of viruses and 99.95% of microbial cysts. The pitcher is also BPA free, which is important to me.

We don’t do bottled water and our tap water doesn’t taste or smell all that great (plus it is really cloudy) but the stuff that comes out of this pitcher tastes like the stuff you buy. It has become a routine that a few times a day I fill the pitcher up (8 cups) and run it threw both filtration steps. The pitcher resides in the fridge until we use the water or I fill the glass carafes that came with our our Soda Stream. The kids also like to watch the UV process.. it is quite pretty. It gives people a visual indication that the water is being purified, which helps with germaphobes who are clutching their disposable water bottles like security blankets… yes we have one of those in our extended family.

Every 40 gallons or so you need to replace the filter and as of yet I see no way to return the filters for recycling which is a major bummer.  They are not expensive though, which a is a plus since the last water filter we used had some seriously expensive replacement cartridges. Overall it helps us to drink more water AND stay away from disposable bottles, which is a big win for us.

Monday, August 9th, 2010

8 Comments

  • http://www.greeningsamandavery.typepad.com abbie

    This looks amazing but I would never be able to keep up with it. Our tap water is really pretty good here so I think I will stick with that. Mostly out of laziness!

  • http://meeshimama.blogspot.com Michelle

    Wow, that looks really neat!

  • Brooke

    I have been looking for a good water filter. This one looks awesome, but do you know if it filters out flouride? I live in IL and we heavily flouridate the water. I hate buying water at the store, but it’s hard to find a filter that works for everything that I want it to and there is no way I would drink the tap water. We also have heavy industrial agriculture in this state and the pesticide astrazine has contaminated a lot of the ecosystem. There are people calling for its ban but we all know how much big business controls our government…..

    • http://www.naturemoms.com Tiffany

      I don’t know about flouride but the company site does mention that this filter is effective with many industrial chemicals.

  • Beth

    This looks like it could be a great choice for our family- any info on how much energy it uses?

    • http://www.naturemoms.com Tiffany

      Very little. It is only plugged in for 2 minutes.

  • Manders

    I too have to wonder if this will handle fluoride myself. If I do not want it in my toothpaste, why would I have it in my tap? =S

    Another aspect of water filtration I am waiting for is the filter that takes out all of the medications they are finding in our tap water here…now I know some out there may be hip to the random mixology of prescription drugs, but I for one know how measly those MSDA sheets are, let alone how well those drugs are studied alone… synergistic reactions are studied even less so…

  • Lisa Scherer

    While this seems “clean and pretty” doesn’t it require electricity to light, even if it’s a small amount? Surely there are fossil fuels being burned somewhere for this. The less energy we use, the better we are able to drink what comes from our sink. Too, as you said, the filters aren’t recyclable. The container itself, as well as the filters (which, I’m assuming, require a tree to be cut to make them) require the company to use energy to make the plastic. It’s not wonder, to me, that we can’t drink our water. It’s really nothing but a conversational gadget to “ah and oh” about, as far as I’m concerned. I think if you’re going to post on it and give hooray’s to the product that you need to put more of the information on the making of the product and the end result when it’s discarded.