Zip It

By Douglas Weinstein
Published on: October 11, 2019

Living in the high desert, we drink an incredible amount of water every day. I go through at least an 8-pack of La Croix cans each day, because I prefer carbonated water to flat water. And we are very conscious of our total water usage as a family because we live in the high desert and water is a premium commodity. So I’ve been on the hunt for a water system that could deliver carbonated water, instant boiling water, and dry-chilled cold water so I don’t have to leave the water running (wasting water) to get to my desired temperature. And I think I’ve found it.

Let me preface this write up by saying that the company is based in Australia and doesn’t have distribution set up in the U.S. yet. So this product won’t likely be available here until next year.

Zip Water is a company out of Australia, and their Zip Hydro Tap system provides a pretty comprehensive solution if you’re interested in a healthier approach to your personal water consumption. They start with a filtration system that produces crystal clear, pure tasting water. So no more odors or contamination.

Next, for boiling water, they use electrical pulse technology, instantaneous small energy bursts that efficiently boils only the water you want to tap into – without overheating and wasting energy.

For chilled water, they incorporate a lightweight aluminum condenser, within a solid aluminum block and stainless steel coils that perfectly chills only the amount of water you want to tap into.

And for carbonation, cold water is jetted into the solid aluminium block to produce irregularly atomized particles, which produces carbonation under pressure, the most efficient way to bring clean, cold carbonated water to the tap.

Now, here’s the cool part (ahem) – all of the technology is contained in a unit that sits under your kitchen sink. And, it all pipes up to just one nozzle. And, you can even select unfiltered hot or cold water if you just want to wash your hands.

The Hydro Tap comes in a variety of fits and finishes. Check it out here.

Keep in mind that this is a relatively new product and is currently only distributed in Australia. But the company is looking at global distribution, so hopefully we’ll have some distributors in the U.S. early next year. While a lot of their products are available online (and they make a variety of water products), the Hydro Tap currently needs to be installed by a qualified specifier – so until they set up a few dealers in America, we’ll have to bide our time.

 

Douglas Weinstein

Douglas Weinstein

Doug is the Editor and co-founder of the Technology Insider Group and Technology Designer Magazine. Previously, he was the Executive Director and co-founder of the Elf Foundation, a non-profit organization that created Room of Magic entertainment theaters in children's hospitals across North America.

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