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The Zip Water System: Sustainable Drinking Water Overview

By Laura BourlandRise Writer
Feb 16, 2019

We’ve all heard that drinking water is essential, but just how much water should you be drinking? 

The National Academies of Engineering, Science and Medicine recommend women drink 2.7 liters of water daily and men drink 3.7 liters daily. That equates to about 7.5 12-ounce glasses for women and 10.4 glasses for men. These recommended amounts may be increased for pregnant and breastfeeding women and for those who engage in vigorous physical activities like marathon running and cycling. 

By the time you notice you’re thirsty and reach for a glass of cool water, your body is already on it’s way to dehydration. Dehydration is a dangerous and avoidable condition that causes:

  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Bad breath
  • Cramps
  • Dry skin and
  • May even cause you to crave sweet foods.

It’s incredibly important that we all have constant access to clean water to live healthy, happy lives.

Potential Contaminants in Your Drinking Water

Water quality varies widely from house to house, and most contaminants cannot be tasted or smelled. Water purifiers, like Brita and Pur, help to remove common contaminants like copper, chlorine, lead and sediment, but stop short at bacteria. Even if you filter your drinking water through these systems, you’re still leaving your family vulnerable to E. coli, vibrio, legionella, Asiatic cholera and more.

Many people then reach for bottled water to ensure their water is 100% clean, but put themselves at risk for plastic contamination including polypropylene, nylon, and polyethylene terephthalate. Not only is plastic bottled water laden with plastic debris, that plastic also adds up to 38 billion water bottles. These are thrown into landfills each year and 17 million barrels of wasted oil to manufacture those wasteful bottles. There has to be a better, more sustainable solution to clean drinking water!

 At Rise, we like to bring you news of innovative products just hitting the market. When we discovered the new (well, new to North America) Zip Water System at the November 2018 Greenbuild Expo, we just had to write about it. (And no, we are not getting compensated to write this article. See our disclosure statement.)

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What is the Zip Water System?

The Zip Water System was introduced by Australian Michael Crouch ten years ago to solve this drinking water crisis. Crouch pioneered a new solution to thoroughly filter contaminants in water and provide ready-to-drink water right from the tap. 

Zip Industries has gained a world-renown reputation of excellent quality and has become the first and only Australian manufacturer to be accredited with the internationally recognized standards of ISO14001 (Environmental Systems Compliance), ISO9001 (Quality Management System) and AS/NZS4801 (Workplace Health & Safety System).

The Zip Water System has made it possible for us all to stop buying bottled water and drink right from the tap with confidence. It’s not just regular water. The Zip Water System HydroTap 0.2 dispenses ready-to-drink chilled water, boiling water, and even sparkling water, all with the simple press of a button. 

All water is filtered through the Zip micron filtration system to remove tiny particles of dirt and contaminants as small as 1/5000thof a millimeter. This ultra-thorough water filtration method eliminates the taste and smell of chlorine, contaminants, and bacteria while retaining fluoride. According to the Center for Disease Control, flouride is beneficial in the prevention of tooth decay and cavities. 

What’s the verdict so far? According to the company, 80% of Zip HydroTap owners admit they drink more water than they did before installing the water system. Crouch and Zip Industries believe in their better drinking water system so much that they offer a 5-year warranty for their products, among the best in the industry.

Save Energy, Save Water

Traditional water-cooled systems consume as much as 900ml of filtered water for every 1 liter of cold, clean water dispensed. That’s a significant amount of wasted water and energy!

Zip Water Systems rely on an air-cooled ventilation system that does not waste a single drop of water to keep your water refreshingly cold. Water is also kept boiling using Zip’s Power-Pulse™Technology to store ready-to-use water without using additional energy to heat it. Theses water systems are designed to reduce energy use and have been proven to perform to the highest standards of environmental responsibility and sustainability. In fact, since launching ten years ago, Zip has decreased the energy consumption in their new Hydrotap Zip 0.2 by 53%. These water systems can also be programmed with timers to further save on electricity and filter replacements.

To help you conserve energy when not in use, Zip Water Systems automatically power down after two hours of non-use. It also uses a hidden light sensor to turn the unit off when the room goes dark. Your water filter can also be turned off manually at night, during weekend outings, and when you leave home for extended periods, business trips, and vacations. Now that’s smart!

Minimalist Lifestyle Design for a Healthier You

If you don’t already have a system for keeping filtered water both hot and cold, you probably have a lot of extra clutter lying around. Most of us keep either stovetop or electric kettles for boiling water manually. You might also have a countertop or faucet-mounted water filter, a coffee machine taking up valuable counter space and water bottles cluttering your kitchen. What a mess!

The Zip Water System removes all that clutter by combining ready-to-drink cold, hot, and sparkling filtered water into a single tap. The touch screen allows homeowners to customize their ideal water temperature. This ensures your cold water is never too cold and your boiling water is at the perfect drinking temperature. The testimonials are compelling:

"“I love my HydroTap because of the convenience of boiling, chilled and sparkling water on tap. Our whole family drinks more water, and we know that’s good for us. In fact, the chilled sparkling water is so refreshing, it replaces the need for sugary drinks. And the tap looks great on my kitchen island.” – Raymonde Montocchio, Home Owner."

Zip’s HydroTap water systems are available in 6 stylish designs and 12 contemporary colors to fit seamlessly into any kitchen style. You’ll find products perfect for dispensing ready-boiling water for tea, coffee, instant soup, and cooking to make your life easier and the gorgeous Platinum Design Rangewinner of the 2015 Good Design Award

Drink More Water, Get a Zip Water System

Are you drinking enough water? Getting your recommended amount of clean drinking water every day can lead to clearer skin, more energy, increased brain function, weight loss, a healthier immune system, fewer headaches and injuries, and will help flush toxins from your body.

Not all water dispenses equally. Regardless of where you live, it’s essential to ensure the water you’re drinking is contaminant-free and healthy for your whole family. 

The Zip Water System effortlessly filters water and dispenses chilled, boiling, and sparkling water all from a single tap with the press of a button. Do yourself a favor and invest in your Hydrotap to begin living a healthier life today!

Disclaimer: This article does not constitute a product endorsement however Rise does reserve the right to recommend relevant products based on the articles content to provide a more comprehensive experience for the reader.Last Modified: 2022-01-19T03:45:18+0000
Laura Bourland

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Laura Bourland

Laura grew up in the California suburbs, far removed from environmentalism, but nature always has a way. She uprooted her life in 2015, moving to the countryside of Washington to live a more sustainable and simple life on 12 acres. She and her fiancee are learning on the job as they attempt everything from gardening and natural pest control to eco-friendly building and home improvement.