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.