Because I live in a house that was built prior to the mid-1950s, I sent a water sample to the City for lead testing as a precaution during my pregnancy. It takes up to 6 weeks for results.
In the meantime, I found the only pitcher filter (ZeroWater) that is NSF approved to remove lead. It came with a TDS meter that tests for the concentration of total dissolved solids in PPM – harmful or not, such as include fluoride, calcium bicarbonate, road salts, lead, copper or other inorganic/organic materials.
I didn’t need to be convinced to shell out $35 for it, but as I was purchasing it, the sales associate told me that they use this technology in space to filter urine for drinking water. Now, I have no idea if it’s true, but if it is, that’s pretty cool!
Regardless, just looking at the TDS meter results is impressive. Take a look. I was like a kid excited by a science class demonstration.
Tap water =160 PPM
Brita filter = 78 PPM
ZeroWater filter = 0 PPM
The TDS in tap water is still within safe levels but I’d like to reduce lead intake as much as possible for my growing fetus. Another option of course is bottled water, but this is fun to watch and requires less packaging :) I’ve had the filter for about 2.5 weeks now and it’s still at 0 and tastes great! Hopefully, it lasts until I get my lead test results back.